International Field Networking Conference

October 2011 News

On 8 and 9 November 2011 the Southern African Regional Profibus Association (SARPA) and the Fieldbus Foundation Southern Africa Marketing Committee (FFSAMC) are cooperating with the SAIMC to stage for the first time outside of Europe a combined 'International Field Networking Conference’.

Said Rob MacKenzie, chairman of SARPA, “It is far more important for the users and potential users of field networking technology in southern Africa to know why and how to use field networks for instrumentation and control than it is to know which technology to choose. Which technology to use depends often on the process and environmental requirements of the solution but the true benefits of using digital communication are seldom realised”. Five international and five local speakers, including two large field network users have confirmed their participation, with keynote speaker Jim Pinto, well known in South Africa and internationally talking about ‘how effective are industrial networks, who is really using them and in what types of applications?’.

The conference will be held at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg, close to the airport for national or international visitors and accommodation is available. Go to for more information.


8 to 9 November 2011

Birchwood Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Afrca

Day 1: 8 November 2011

07:15 Arrival and registration.

08:00-09:00 Keynote speaker: ‘Whither Fieldbus?’ Trends in the Implementation of industrial automation field networking.

Speaker: Jim Pinto, founder (formerly president and CEO) of Action Instruments, technology futurist, angel investor, speaker, writer, industrial automation commentator, analyst and consultant

09:00-09:15 Q&A

09:15-10:15 Profibus update: status, new technology, developments

Speaker: Thomas Bartsch, marketing manager for Process Safety and Fieldbus Solutions; Siemens Industry Automation; Karlsruhe

10:15-10:30 Q&A

10:30-11:00 Tea

11:00-12:00: FF update: status, new technology, developments

Speaker: Steffen Ochsenreither; marketing manager Fieldbus; Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, Reinach, Switzerland

12:00-12:15 Q&A

12:15-13:15 Lunch

13:15-14:00 SA user experience: ‘Foundation FieldBus – an EPC’s experience’

Speaker: Sean Syndercombe, senior control engineer, Thyssen Krupp SA

14:00-14:15 Q&A

14:15-15:00 Fieldbus ‐ solving problems in hazardous areas: high power trunk; Fieldbus Barrier, FISCO/FNICO

Speaker: Gary Friend; sales director; Extech Safety Systems, SA

15:00-15:15 Q&A

15:15-15:45 Tea

15:45-16:30 Data security and industrial networks: TBA

Speaker Philip Nunn; product manager for Industrial Networks; MTL Instruments, UK

16:30-16:45 Q&A

16:45-18:45 Cocktail function

Day 2: 9 November 2011

07:15-08:00 Arrival and registration

08:00-08:45 Wireless Hart: status, new technology, developments

Speaker: David Walker; sales director for wireless solutions, Emerson Process, Middle East and Africa

08:45-09:00 Q&A

09:00-09:45 IDX Academy: Establishing local competence in modern Fieldbus networking

In 2004 IDX with the backing of the SARPA established a local competence centre providing PROFIBUS Certified training in Africa. We will review the current fieldbus training and technical support offered by the Academy as well as its roadmap going forwards including the introduction of Certified FF training in sub‐Saharan Africa.

Speaker: David Bean; founder IDX Academy

09:45-10:00 Q&A

10:00-10:30 Tea

10:30-11:15 Field network engineering ‐ best practices: best practice in the design of Profibus, Fieldbus and Hart networks from an engineering, installations and commissioning experience

Speaker: Steffen Ochsenreither; marketing manager Fieldbus; Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, Reinach, Switzerland

11:15-11:30 Q&A

11:30-12:15 2004 FDT/EDDL, asset management: diagnostic, asset and maintenance management

Speaker: Emerson

12:15-12:30 Q&A

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:15 SA user experience: experience at Sasol with Profibus & FF projects.

Speaker: Solly Mabitsela, principal control engineer, Sasol Technology

14:15-14:30 Q&A

14:30-15:00 Tea

15:00-15:45 The cost advantage: cost justification of using a fieldbus

Speaker: Wimpie van Tonder, systems sales manager, Yokogawa SA

15:45-16:00 Q&A

16:00-16:30 Panel discussion: Rob MacKenzie, SARPA; Gary Friend, FFSAMC; Solly Mabitsela, Sasol; Sean Syndercombe, Uhde; Brendan Gunn, IDX Online

16:30 Close


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