The new Certified PROFIBUS System Design course comes to Johannesburg

5 July 2016

NEW! Certified PROFIBUS System Design Course Johannesburg: 25 to 28 July 2016

PROFIBUS Installers are certified, and the devices are certified, but what about the system design itself? Join us on this 3½-day course covering the Certified PROFIBUS Installer and optimal design of PROFIBUS automation and control systems. Run by Verwer Training and Consultancy Ltd and hosted by IDX.


IDX, who operate PROFIBUS Competence in South Africa, will be hosting the brand new PROFIBUS System Design Course presented by Andy Verwer from Verwer Training and Consultancy Ltd in the UK. It is your chance to be amongst the first in the world to earn this PROFIBUS International accredited certification during his short visit to South Africa.

Who is this Course for?

This course is aimed at anyone who is dealing with the design, specification or procurement of modern automation and control systems at the engineering or technical level. The course is also suitable for device manufacturers, system integrators and technical sales/marketing people who want to know the best way to assemble systems.


The Certified PROFIBUS Installer certification is a prerequisite and will be included in this course and can be considered a refresher for those who have already obtained the certification.


IDX Offices, 1 Weaver Street, Fourways, South Africa

What does the course cover?

Presented by Andy Verwer from Training and Consultancy Ltd in the UK, the course provides a top-down approach to designing a modern automation and control system and helps managers and designers to make the correct decisions from the project beginning.

The course applies to all sectors of industry from factory automation to process control. Examples and case studies used in the course are from a wide range of industries including manufacturing, process plant water treatment, materials handling and automated part sorting storage and retrieval. One of the aims of the course is to cover the design of modern control systems that are maintainable and which minimise the impact of the control system and network failures which will inevitably occur during the lifetime of the plant.

The aim is to minimise the footprint of failures in terms of restricting the extent of the effects of failures and also the time to locate and repair faults. The course also covers the use of some of the latest and most important developments to appear on the market, including new devices which provide permanent monitoring of networks and notification in the case of degradation or failure.

More on the course content

  • General system design requirements
    The control system life cycle, consideration of maintenance, health checking and fault-finding features. Characteristics of communication and transmission technologies. Environmental considerations and choice of appropriate devices, cables and connectors.
  • PROFIBUS network layout and design
    PROFIBUS network architectures and their relative advantages in terms of performance, maintenance and reliability. Integrating operation, supervision and engineering information into the control system.
  • PROFIBUS profiles
    How profiles can simplify system design, and maintenance and give vendor independence. Use of profile GSD files and DTMs.
  • Hazardous areas
    Essential requirements for hazardous areas and available design options. Design of Intrinsically safe RS485 and MBP segments.
  • High availability systems and redundancy
    Basics of component and system reliability and application of basic reliability modelling techniques.  Overview and evaluation of practical solutions for high availability PROFIBUS systems, limitations and essential needs.
  • Fibre optic, infra-red and wireless transmission
    Basics of fibre optic transmission.  Connector and cable types. Design and application of various topologies, and solutions for redundant fibre optic systems.  Basics and design considerations for infra-red and wireless communication.
  • Modern solutions for network monitoring
  • Safety-related systems
    Essential requirements and design options for safety-related systems.
  • Control system and network timing
    Control system sampling and timing considerations.  DP and PA cycle time and jitter estimation.  The effect of gateways and couplers. Basic characteristics and applications of isochronous cycle timing.
  • Documentation and drawing standards

The course includes case study material and practical examples of how the techniques are applied. A theory test at the end of the course ensures that the attendees understand and can apply the material covered. Successful candidates will be awarded the Certified PROFIBUS System Designer Certificate issued by PISA.

Space is very limited! To book your spot and get a quote, please send an email to academy[at] or call IDX on +27 11 548 9960.

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