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Automation, Control & Plant Intelligence News Updates   |   March, 2009
Record Turnout for Detroit PROFINET Training Class

Scottsdale, AZ – March 23: The PTO (formerly the PROFIBUS Trade Organization) is proud to announce that it’s 2009 PROFINET Training Class schedule started with record attendance at its March 11, 2009 Training Class. Over 130 engineers, autoworkers, system integrators and end-users gathered at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, MI to learn the value of PROFINET as an Industrial Ethernet standard.
The training was provided by professionals from the PTO and the PROFI Interface Center and showcased the newly redesigned “hands-on” training format. Unlike other training classes, attendees learned about PROFINET through the exploration of real world examples and architectures.

"Detroit was the perfect venue to unveil the newest version of our PROFINET Training Class," said Carl Henning, Deputy Director of the PTO. "Our audience was filled with professionals with years of industrial automation experience and many asked when the PTO would be conducting the next class in the Michigan area! This is proof positive that despite an economic downturn, industrial automation professionals see the value in expanding their skills to be ready for the future."

The training was designed to take attendees through the world of PROFINET Industrial Ethernet from the ground up,” commented Hunter Harrington, PROFINET Training Class Chief Instructor. "We take extreme pride in being able to provide industrial automation professionals with highly technical training that is based on solving real world problems with proven PROFINET solutions."

In today’s challenging job market, engineers and system integrators need to continually improve their skills and expose themselves to new technologies to maintain their competitive edge. The PROFINET Training Class is the perfect venue to acquire those essential skills.

For full PROFINET and PROFIBUS training schedules for 2009 please navigate to the following link:

About the PTO
The PTO is dedicated to showing industry the beneficial results of using fieldbuses in general and PROFIBUS and PROFINET in particular while assisting device manufacturers throughout North America in the development and marketing of PROFIBUS and PROFINET products.
Over 1400 companies organized in 25 Regional PROFIBUS Associations develop and supply Fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet solutions for cost efficient and highly reliable automation. PROFIBUS International (PI) is the global, umbrella organization for the 25 regional associations. PI is the largest fieldbus organization and has been doing business since 1989.

Our standardization efforts and our commitment to openness, guarantee leading-edge, certified-interchangeable products from a wide range of suppliers. PROFINET products are being released at an increasing rate and there are already over 2500 PROFIBUS products from over 400 vendors. To find products for your application, please review our Product Guide at the web site.

As one of those 25 local PROFIBUS and PROFINET organizations, PTO, a non-profit, member organization, is responsible for North America. Members of the PTO are vendors of hardware, software and systems as well as end users and operators, scientific institutes, universities, distributors, and system integrators. The PTO is governed by a Board of Directors representing Siemens, Invensys and Endress+Hauser. To learn more about the PTO please navigate to:

Source Contact:
Carl Henning
Deputy Director PTO
Ph: 480-483-2456
Fax: 480-483-7202

Media Contact:
Manny Mandrusiak
Director of Technology Marketing
Ph: 480-483-2456
Fax: 480-483-7202

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