Pentair Flow Control Pacific have been accredited by Profibus International (PI) as the first Profibus International Competence Centre (PICC) in Australia. Profibus dominates all sectors of industrial automation.
Pentair Flow Control Pacific are manufacturers of industrial valving and related controls. Rafael Koenig, Tyco Flow Control Pacific’s Manager and Manager of the PICC, explains that "the demand for ‘high-tech’ automation is growing rapidly in Australia and throughout Asia Pacific. The Pentair Competence Centre will play a major role promoting and supporting the technology throughout this region.
For both greenfield developments and plant refurbishments, introducing Profibus will save time and money during the design and engineering phases. With Profibus, more and better data is available during operation, which means plant management can be improved significantly. This leads to better plant utilisation, higher throughputs and more predictable quality.
Advanced asset management strategies such as predictive maintenance can be employed to avoid downtime in the future and reduce maintenance costs still further. Profibus is witnessing high adoption rates and is expected to exceed 30 million nodes worldwide in 2011.
Representing Profibus International during the accreditation process was Andy Verwer, Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University’s (MMU) Department of Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Science and Engineering and responsible for the Profibus International Competence Centre at MMU.
The Pentair Competence Centre will support companies in new product development, provide technical support for Profibus manufacturers and users, allow demonstrations of interoperability of products and provide a comprehensive range of certified Profibus training programmes. The Centre’s support framework includes the availability of at least three Profibus experts, hardware equipment from various vendors and system test lab operations.
Pentair Flow Control Pacific will commence their 2011 Profibus training programmes on 8th March with a certified one-day Profibus Installer course held in Sydney. The course will be suitable for engineers and technicians and will cover the layout, installation and testing of Profibus DP and PA networks.
Additional courses include the 3.5-day Certified Profibus Engineer course covering network design, commissioning and live fault finding; and the non-accredited Profibus Troubleshooting and Maintenance course covering the theory about cabling, shielding, grounding and measurement tools.