Andy Verwer

Andy Verwer Andy Verwer has over 30 years of experience working and teaching within the automation and control industry. Andy was, until recently, Principal Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University teaching automation and control. Over this time, Andy and his colleague, Jack Golten (deceased), developed and sold several software packages for simulation and design of control systems and together wrote a highly successful text book under the company name “Golten & Verwer Ltd”. Andy and Jack together developed an international reputation for quality training materials and won the Royal Mail partnership award for engineering education. Andy has also worked closely with the company “Bytronic Ltd” to develop teaching equipment and materials for automation and control such as an inverted pendulum control system, batch process trainer and process control and instrumentation rigs.

Andy set up and ran the first accredited PROFIBUS International Competency Centre (PICC) for the UK. The Automation Systems Centre (ASCent) based at Manchester Metropolitan University continues to provide training and consultancy for PROFIBUS, PROFINET, AS-i and Open PLC technologies. Since leaving the University in 2010, Andy has continued to support ASCent and the UK PROFIBUS Group where he serves as the Technical Officer, providing technical expertise and support for the Group.

Andy Verwer has been very active within the PROFIBUS International organisation and was a key member of the working groups for “training” and “installation”. The Certified PROFIBUS Installer Course and Certified PROFIBUS System design course were developed by Andy and he had a major contribution in the preparation of the PROFIBUS International installation and commissioning guide books. Andy has also been a key organiser in the annual PROFIBUS International User Conference which has run for five consecutive years. Similarly, the Certified AS-i Engineer Course and Certified Open PLC Engineer Course were both developed by Andy.

As from mid 2019, Andy has retired from training and consultancy, but continues to support the UK and International PI community as well as providing back up support for Control Specialists Ltd.