Industrial networks, Ethernet, RFID conferences: Aug.-Oct.


Network-related conferences are listed among other upcoming industry meetings at the Control Engineering homepage calendar, at the bottom of These include the 12th Annual PTO General Assembly Meeting, Fieldbus Foundation free “Get on the Fast Track to Fieldbus” seminars, the 11th international CAN Conference, WINMEC RFID Executive Forum, and a free EtherNet/IP seminar from ODVA.

12th Annual PTO General Assembly Meeting , Aug. 1-3, Scottsdale, AZ, is preceded by a special Profisafe Developer Class and a Profisafe User Overview Class on July 31. The meetings intend to educate PTO members, vendors, and end-users about Profibus and Profinet markets, technologies, and applications. Topics include industrial Ethernet, Profibus and asset management, the wireless market, and end-user experiences.

Fieldbus Foundation continues its roadshow of free seminars to help people “Get on the Fast Track to Fieldbus.” Topics include economic justification of fieldbus, comparing fieldbus and conventional technologies, F OUNDATION fieldbus overview practices, High Speed Ethernet (HSE), and application examples. Next seminars are Sept. 19 in Philadelphia, PA, and Nov. 14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A late June seminar was held in St. Louis, MO.

11th International CAN Conference is in Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 26-28, 2006. More than 20 white papers cover CAN (Controller Area Network) developments, CAN system design and implementation, software tools to configure CAN networks, vehicle applications, time-triggered CAN communications, gateway technologies, scientific research, CAN physical layer, and applications in special environments (aircraft and subsea vehicles). A one-day workshop precedes the conference. All papers and workshops will be in English. There’s also a tabletop exhibition of CAN products.

WINMEC RFID Executive Forum , UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 10, 2006, aims to bring together hardware vendors, software companies, systems integrators, application companies, consulting companies, and end customers to discuss how to use automatic identification technology to streamline the enterprise. Technology, business models, ROI analysis, business process, and engineering process changes will be discussed at this RFID Executive Forum (the Fourth WINMEC Forum on RFID).

ODVA will hold a free seminar on Oct. 19 called “EtherNet/IP: The Proven and Complete Solution for Manufacturing Automation” in Houston, TX. EtherNet/IP is an industrial Ethernet protocol based on the Common Industrial Protocol, CIP, which is part of DeviceNet, ControlNet, and other industrial networks.

Click here to read the full Control Engineering events calendar.

--Edited by Mark T. Hoske , Control Engineering editor in chief

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