January 2005— Vol. 6, No. 1

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General assembly registration

California workshop

Training in Texas

2004: a very good year!

User's corner

BP demo

HSE test kit

Wanted: your news

Emerson field communicator

Hawke award

Pepperl+Fuchs guide

Softing linking device

Turck power conditioner

What is a SpurGuard™?

January 2005— Vol. 6, No. 1

Welcome to the 61th issue of Fieldbus Facts Online, a monthly electronic newsletter and your link to the latest news, trends, and applications related to FOUNDATION fieldbus and the Fieldbus Foundation. Besides this latest web-based edition, previous issues are also accessible here.

Fieldbus Facts Online is sponsored by the Fieldbus Foundation (FF, Austin, TX) and its members. The foundation is an international, not-for-profit corporation—consisting of more than 200 leading process and manufacturing automation companies and end-users worldwide—dedicated to providing the industry with the "Freedom to Choose" and the "Power to Integrate." For more news and information about registered FOUNDATION fieldbus products, click here.


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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS ISSUE

Register now to attend 2005 general assembly
Fieldbus Foundation 2005 General Assembly convenes in Vienna, Wednesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 24, 2005, at the InterContinental Hotel. The event is a one-stop comprehensive seminar, information exchange, and technical training opportunity for end users planning to install FOUNDATION fieldbus in their plants and factories. This annual gathering is held in a different place each year to serve the needs of global process and discrete manufacturing industries. Read More

Fieldbus workshop in Downey, CA
Make time in your schedule to attend the first Fieldbus Foundation seminar of the year and learn what's new with FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. The seminar will take place on January 28 in Downey, CA (greater LA area), and will be hosted by the Energy Resource Center, a training center for petrochemical companies. Read More

Training in Texas: Course set for April in Austin
Don't miss out…Get On The Fast Track to the technology end users around the world are adopting: FOUNDATION fieldbus. Training classes for both Fieldbus Overview and Advanced Technical Workshop are scheduled in Austin, TX. Sign up today to reserve your spot. Read More

2004: It was a very good year!
The FOUNDATION fieldbus installation base grew phenomenally in 2004. Many industry areas and sectors are showing double-digit gains. New business sectors have been added as membership expands; new end users and developers have realized the impact and value of FOUNDATION fieldbus.
Read More

User's corner: News about predictive maintenance
Shell Deer Park Refinery—Cat Cracker Site: Several fieldbus transmitters began issuing communication failure diagnostics. An investigation uncovered an error in installation methods had left loose conduit plugs on the transmitters, allowing thermo cycling to introduce water vapor into the transmitters. Read More

BP demo project on track for May 2005
Here's an update on the progress of the BP fieldbus demo project. The Lima, OH, Butanediol (BDO) manufacturing project is a "live," world-scale chemical production plant that safely handles substances in a continuous process. Part of the technology demonstration shows new system integration techniques using FOUNDATION fieldbus. Read More

HSE interoperability test kit now available
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the release of High Speed Ethernet (HSE) Interoperability Test Kit (HITK) Version 1.0. HITK delivers test cases that expand the scope of interoperability testing benefiting end users of FOUNDATION fieldbus devicest. Read More

Wanted: Fieldbus installation articles, product news
Do you have a story to share? Fieldbus Foundation is looking for end-user installation articles and news about fieldbus product introductions. The foundation is interested in all fieldbus-related news. We will review all material submitted. We could be publishing your story in our next newsletter! Read More

Emerson Field Communicator expands support functions
Emerson Process Management's 375 Field Communicator now supports 82 additional FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and 50 more HART instruments for maintenance. Introduced just a year ago, the product is already compatible with more than 800 HART and fieldbus instruments from more than 100 manufacturers. Read More

Hawke device nominated for award
Hawke International has been nominated for a "Technical Innovation of the Year" award by HazardEx, a major European hazardous area equipment event. HazardEx, which takes place in February, supports a technical conference and product showcase. Hawke earned the nomination for its TG300 Series, a fieldbus device coupler that enables easy use of flameproof (Exd) devices in Zone 1. Read More

Pepperl+Fuchs guide helps troubleshoot Fieldbus installations
Pepperl+Fuchs' new FOUNDATION fieldbus (FF) Troubleshooting Guide is a fully illustrated, comprehensive document for use by engineers troubleshooting fieldbus installations. Publication includes an FF segment checklist plus helpful information on the FF communication signal, measurements on an FF segment, shielding and grounding, and troubleshooting. Diagrams show actual test topologies and measurements. Read More

Softing increases linking device functionality
New version of FOUNDATION fieldbus linking device FG-100 FF/HSE from Softing now includes several enhancements. The first linking device certified to the demanding "42C" standard, the FG-100 FF/HSE has been used by customers around the world for years and has been a platform for OEM partners and end-users since its inception. Read More

Turck introduces fieldbus power conditioner
Turck offers a new fieldbus product for implementation in a FOUNDATION fieldbus physical layer segment. RPC49-205 power conditioner provides two segments from the higher-level system to the FOUNDATION fieldbus network. Both supply an output voltage of at least 28 V dc with a maximum rated current of 500 mA when used in conjunction with Turck's PSU-3214 power supply. Read More

What is a SpurGuard™?
The best selling range of MTL-Relcom Megablock wiring hubs are fitted with SpurGuards™ to enable high availability and high reliability in fieldbus installations. But just what is a SpurGuard™? Read More


Register now to attend 2005 general assembly

Fieldbus Foundation 2005 General Assembly convenes in Vienna, Wednesday, February 23 and Thursday, February 24, 2005, at the InterContinental Hotel. The event is a one-stop comprehensive seminar, information exchange, and technical training opportunity for end users planning to install FOUNDATION fieldbus in their plants and factories. This annual gathering is held in a different place each year to serve the needs of global process and discrete manufacturing industries.

Highlighting this year's agenda are keynote addresses by Rajah Jayendran of Bayer and Dr. Gunther Kegel, chief executive officer of Pepperl+Fuchs Mannheim. Jaydendran will discuss the importance of leading edge technologies such as FOUNDATION fieldbus and Kegel will address FOUNDATION fieldbus from a supplier's viewpoint.

Also on the program are workshops for process control vendors, end users, and contractors. The events will focus on the key issue of plant-wide integration of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Attendees will receive valuable information about fieldbus installations and advancements along with user case studies that demonstrate the benefits of the technology.

Throughout the event, member companies will display their latest FOUNDATION fieldbus field devices and host systems in a series of tabletop exhibits. A welcome reception for all attendees the evening of February 23 will be a great chance to meet and mingle with industry professionals.

Don't miss this opportunity. Click here to review the agenda or to register for the Fieldbus Foundation 2005 General Assembly.


Fieldbus workshop in Downey, CA

Make time in your schedule to attend the first Fieldbus Foundation seminar of the year and learn what's new with FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. The seminar will take place on January 28 in Downey, CA (greater LA area), and will be hosted by the Energy Resource Center, a training center for petrochemical companies.

This seminar is for those seeking to learn more about FOUNDATION fieldbus. The one-day event includes a basic to moderate level training workshop that reviews fieldbus terminology, device requirements, segment design, host requirements, software configuration, documentation, and site installation guidelines. End-user case studies, an update on the technology, and a safety presentation are presented in the afternoon. Attendees will have the chance to talk with fieldbus professionals and ask technical questions during the panel discussion.

End users, engineers, and integrators will benefit from the workshop. All attendees receive a CD with application guidelines, the end-user case studies, and much more. Manufacturers will present tabletop exhibits of the latest process control equipment available. Fieldbus Foundation staff will be onsite to answer your questions.

Click here to sign up to attend this event.


Training in Texas: Course set for April in Austin

Don't miss out…Get On The Fast Track to the technology end users around the world are adopting: FOUNDATION fieldbus. Training classes for both Fieldbus Overview and Advanced Technical Workshop are scheduled in Austin, TX.. Sign up today to reserve your spot.

Course Location Date Early Registration Deadline Final Deadline
Fieldbus Overview Austin, Texas, USA April 4 January 21 March 18
Advanced Technical Austin, Texas, USA April 5-7 January 21 March 18

Fieldbus Overview is a basic introduction to FOUNDATION technology using a working fieldbus system. Topics covered include: fieldbus concepts, wiring, basic messaging, function blocks, and applications. Anyone interested in FOUNDATION fieldbus applications—from end users to marketing professionals and application engineers—would benefit from attending this event.

Advanced Technical Workshop provides in-depth coverage of FOUNDATION fieldbus, including demonstrations of a working fieldbus system. Topics covered include: physical layer, data link layer, fieldbus access sub layer, network management, system management, configuration, fieldbus message specification, and development of FF function blocks. This course is intended for device developers, test engineers, and those needing detailed knowledge of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Prerequisite: Fieldbus Overview.

Register before the early registration deadline and receive a 15% discount.

Click here to download a pdf with more information and a registration form.

Can't attend this course? Click here to check out other 2005 training dates.

2004: It was a very good year!

The FOUNDATION fieldbus installation base grew phenomenally in 2004. Many industry areas and sectors are showing double-digit gains. New business sectors have been added as membership expands; new end users and developers have realized the impact and value of FOUNDATION fieldbus.

New installation references added to the Fieldbus Foundation Web site show its worldwide acceptance and growth. Efforts over the year have continued to drive the FOUNDATION fieldbus specification in many new and brownfield projects around the globe. Device testing and registration also kept pace—reflecting the value of the market for this innovative technology.

Industry leaders indicate that the FOUNDATION fieldbus market reach will stay on track throughout 2005 and for the foreseeable future.

Check out the Fieldbus Foundation Web site today and join in the growth of the technology.


User's corner: News about predictive maintenance

Shell Deer Park Refinery—Cat Cracker Site: Several fieldbus transmitters began issuing communication failure diagnostics. An investigation uncovered an error in installation methods had left loose conduit plugs on the transmitters, allowing thermo cycling to introduce water vapor into the transmitters. The diagnostics found the problem before failed transmitters could impact the operation, eliminating potential loss (and cost) of product. Estimated savings range is from $3-$50M.

Not registered for Fieldbus Forums? Click here to review more stories or to post your own.


BP demo project on track for May 2005

Here's an update on the progress of the BP fieldbus demo project. The Lima, OH, Butanediol (BDO) manufacturing project is a "live," world-scale chemical production plant that safely handles substances in a continuous process. Part of the technology demonstration shows new system integration techniques using FOUNDATION fieldbus.

All system equipment for this demo is currently being staged for Factory Automation Testing (FAT) at Lee College in Baytown TX. The project is proceeding on schedule and a more detailed report will be available in the near future.

The BP manufacturing project brings together volunteer member company personnel dedicated to promoting and developing FOUNDATION fieldbus. The demo will feature FOUNDATION technology in a comprehensive functional production environment and will demonstrate the entire integrated H1+HSE architecture. The comprehensive system and supplier-designed implementation is an in-depth effort where the advanced capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus for critical process control exemplify the best technology solution available.

Read Fieldbus Facts Online for regular updates on the BP fieldbus project in the coming months, or click here for more information.

HSE interoperability test kit now available

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the release of High Speed Ethernet (HSE) Interoperability Test Kit (HITK) Version 1.0. HITK delivers test cases that expand the scope of interoperability testing benefiting end users of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices.

HITK was designed to verify standard Function Blocks, the aspect of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology that makes device interoperability possible. This testing tool is the most rigorous and unique device interoperability test system in the control industry. HITK consists of a test engine, HSE communication stack, and a test function block. The test engine executes a set of over 350 test cases that exercise the device implementation.

The test kit also includes a powerful Device Description (DD) viewer that allows examination and verification of a device's DD. Upgrades will be made as new standard Function Blocks become available

The HITK is the newest addition to the Fieldbus Foundation HSE tool suite. Other HSE testing tools include the HSE Analyzer Tool Kit (HAT) and the HSE Conformance Test Kit (HCTK). Both aid in developing and testing HSE field devices and linking devices. The ITK Automation Tool Kit is an optional tool for automating interoperability testing and reducing manual intervention.

Click here for information on purchasing the HSE Interoperability Test Kit (AT-422) and the Interoperability Test Kit Professional (AT-448), the new bundled testing kit that includes both the H1 ITK and the HSE ITK (AT-420+AT422). Member and non-member pricing is available.

More information about the HITK 1.0 test kit is also available by e-mail.


Wanted: Fieldbus installation articles, product news

Do you have a story to share? Fieldbus Foundation is looking for end-user installation articles and news about fieldbus product introductions. The foundation is interested in all fieldbus-related news. We will review all material submitted. We could be publishing your story in our next newsletter!

Please keep the foundation up-to-date with what's happening at your company by adding this e-mail address, marketing@fieldbus.org, to your news release distribution list.


Emerson Field Communicator expands support functions

Emerson Process Management's 375 Field Communicator now supports 82 additional FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and 50 more HART instruments for maintenance. Introduced just a year ago, the product is already compatible with more than 800 HART and fieldbus instruments from more than 100 manufacturers.

The 375 Field Communicator is integrated with Emerson's AMS™ Suite: Intelligent Device Manager, an online asset management application that accesses diagnostic information generated by smart field devices. As new field devices become available, their device descriptions, which are used to establish communications with these devices, can be downloaded from the Internet to the 375. With its Easy Upgrade feature, the 375 can be immediately ready for use with new HART or fieldbus devices as they become available.

AMS Suite technologies are key elements of PlantWeb architecture, supporting the flow of information on asset reliability and performance to those who run the business. Emerson's Asset Optimization combines world-class services with the AMS Suite products to help users apply field-based information and significantly improve process plant reliability. Results include greater process availability, increased productivity, and reduced equipment cost-of-ownership.

Click here for more information on the 375 Field Communicator, including lists of supported HART and FOUNDATION fieldbus devices.

For more information about Emerson Process Management, click here to visit the company Web site.

Click here to learn more.


Hawke device nominated for award

Hawke International has been nominated for a "Technical Innovation of the Year" award by HazardEx, a major European hazardous area equipment event. HazardEx, which takes place in February, supports a technical conference and product showcase. Hawke earned the nomination for its TG300 Series, a fieldbus device coupler that enables easy use of flameproof (Exd) devices in Zone 1.

Flameproof fieldbus has been a problem because flameproof junction boxes cannot be opened while a segment is "live" unless precautions are taken, increasing labor costs, time, and inconvenience. Consequently, many users reluctantly turned to intrinsic safety, even though I.S. fieldbus has issues of its own (for example, only 80mA/segment from a conventional barrier, poor MTBF from FISCO power supplies, expensive and restricted segment design).

TG300 has a unique magnetic interlock, properly-shrouded field terminals, and positive LED indication in a lightweight, easy access enclosure, features which allow a technician to isolate an individual spur, perform needed maintenance, and move on quickly without affecting the rest of the segment. The TG300 is approved EEx me [nL] II T5 for use in any Gas Group for Zone 1 or Zone 2.

Click here to visit the Hawke Web site and learn more.


Pepperl+Fuchs guide helps troubleshoot Fieldbus installations

Pepperl+Fuchs' new FOUNDATION fieldbus (FF) Troubleshooting Guide is a fully illustrated, comprehensive document for use by engineers troubleshooting fieldbus installations. Publication includes an FF segment checklist plus helpful information on the FF communication signal, measurements on an FF segment, shielding and grounding, and troubleshooting. Diagrams show actual test topologies and measurements.

Pepperl+Fuchs is a leader in the design, manufacture, and application of high quality process automation products and services and a major provider of hazardous area technology from intrinsic safety to purge and pressurization, on-line corrosion monitoring, and fieldbus.

For more information or to request a copy of the guide, contact: Pepperl+Fuchs, 1600 Enterprise Parkway, Twinsburg, OH 44087; (330) 486-0002; fax: (330) 425-4607. Email sales@us.pepperl-fuchs.com. Or click here to visit the Pepperl+Fuchs Web site.


Softing increases linking device functionality

New version of FOUNDATION fieldbus linking device FG-100 FF/HSE from Softing now includes several enhancements. The first linking device certified to the demanding "42C" standard, the FG-100 FF/HSE has been used by customers around the world for years and has been a platform for OEM partners and end-users since its inception.

Version V 1.40 is Softing's response to the demand for FOUNDATION fieldbus products. A new FBAP (Function Block Application) connect option makes it easy to create H1 links in the function blocks of the connected H1 devices automatically. The time-consuming process of manually configuring the links is no longer necessary (the configuration software must support this option). In addition, a new incremental configuration feature enables integrating/deleting H1 devices and setting/clearing links during live operation without interrupting data traffic.

Diagnostic functionality of the H1 side of the device has also been extended. An integrated Web server now supplies complex statistical information for the H1 segments, enabling error detection in the segments and connected devices.

Click here to find out more.


Turck introduces fieldbus power conditioner

Turck offers a new fieldbus product for implementation in a FOUNDATION fieldbus physical layer segment. RPC49-205 power conditioner provides two segments from the higher-level system to the FOUNDATION fieldbus network. Both supply an output voltage of at least 28 V dc with a maximum rated current of 500 mA when used in conjunction with Turck's PSU-3214 power supply.

Various junctions are also available for the distribution of energy and data. Included is the JBBS, which is typically used in harsh IP67 environments, and the new JRBS, which is DIN-rail mountable and suitable in IP20 environments. Increased functionality is achieved through enhanced features such as adjustable current limit, switch-in terminating resistor, and selectable shielding. New multibarrier is ideal for implementing segments in explosive hazardous areas and guarantees comprehensive galvanic isolation for safe bus operation with four intrinsically safe and short-circuit protected outputs.

Standard cables for normal use, as well as special cables for special applications, are available for connecting the segments. Standard FBY type cable with a PVC sheath operates in a temperature range of -40 °C to 75 °C. Marine cable features a special TPE sheath suitable for operation in a -55 °C to 90 °C temperature range. Armored cables for use in harsh environments complete the product offering.

Visit the Turck Web site for more information.


What is a SpurGuard™?

The best selling range of MTL-Relcom Megablock wiring hubs are fitted with SpurGuards™ to enable high availability and high reliability in fieldbus installations. But just what is a SpurGuard™?

SpurGuards™ are electronic circuits that limit the amount of current that a Fieldbus device can draw from the trunk. Without them, a single short circuit anywhere on the Fieldbus segment will cause all devices to lose power. In this case, one of the key benefits of Fieldbus—reduced wiring due to parallel connections—is also the reason SpurGuards™ were developed. SpurGuards™ improve system availability by eliminating a single point of failure (short circuit on a spur). Note that the Trunk cable connecting the host to the field connection block cannot be electronically protected from shorts.

Because SpurGuards™ are current limiters, they also prevent a failing device from exceeding the current limit of the SpurGuard™. In addition, SpurGuards™ offer benefits in hazardous areas. For Class I Zone 2 (or Div 2) areas, they limit energy to a level that allows the spurs on the connection block to be worked on while the system is live, and without having to get a gas permit.

Click here for more information.



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