February 2005—Volume 6, Number 2

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February 2005—Volume 6, Number 2

Welcome to the 62nd 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

Membership: Realize the benefits of FF
Join other automation industry leaders and become a member of the Fieldbus Foundation. With more than 350 member companies and their affiliates, the foundation continues to grow as more end users adopt the technology of choice known as FOUNDATION fieldbus. Read More

Update: BP project prepares for test; schedules press day
The Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, TX) is preparing for the final acceptance test (FAT) for the hybrid batch demonstration May 19th at the BP chemical plant in Lima, OH. More than 15 member companies are participating in this demo, which is intended to illustrate a multiple-vendor solution. Read More

End user corner: Post your story
Fieldbus Foundation's new "End User Corner" forum is filling up with success stories—proof of the market's growing interest in, and demand for, FOUNDATION fieldbus. This forum presents the knowledge of experienced fieldbus end users and provides a way to share the solutions only FOUNDATION technology delivers. 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 for this spring in Austin, TX. Sign up today to reserve your spot.
Read More

FF to display latest technology at Interkama
Don't miss the Fieldbus Foundation at Interkama! Visit the foundation's booth Hall 7 A10 at the process automation trade fair in Hannover, Germany, April 11th-15th, 2005. The event is part of Hannover Fair 2005, a leading showcase for industrial technology. Read More

ABB wins gas platform project
ABB has been awarded a project worth over $4.7 million to provide the entire automation and instrumentation suite for Petro-Canada's De Ruyter oil and gas production platform. The project is the first new-build offshore platform to use FOUNDATION fieldbus. It will also use ABB's new System 800xA high integrity safety controller (SIS). Read More

Emerson to automate Australian mine
Emerson Process Management has won a $3.1 million contract for the digital automation and control of minerals processing at the BHP Billiton nickel/cobalt mine and treatment facility under construction in Ravensthorpe, Australia. The new open-pit mine and minerals processing plant is part of a $1.1 billion project that will annually produce up to 50,000 tons of nickel and 1,400 tons of cobalt. Read More

Hawke offers intrinsically safe TrunkGuard™
TrunkGuard™ device couplers are now available in intrinsically safe forms (TG100 Series) with versions suitable for direct drive using Hawke's RM100 I.S. power supply or anyone else's FISCO power supply. Hawke calls the RM100 the class leader for I.S. applications, providing 350 mA capacity per segment, power supply redundancy, built-in surge protection, and IIC devices. Read More

MTL-Relcom introduces intrinsically safe fieldbus barrier
MTL-Relcom has introduced a range of intrinsically safe fieldbus barriers, adding to its extensive portfolio of fieldbus power supplies and wiring components. Together with MTL-Relcom's FISCO power supplies, the new units allow MTL to provide the best technical solution and lowest cost for every IS fieldbus application. Read More

StoneL issues fieldbus wiring practices poster
StoneL has compiled a new wall poster that illustrates FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 wiring practices using explosion proof, nonincendive, and intrinsically safe protection concepts. NEC 500 code practices are illustrated, along with a broad array of StoneL wiring components and field instruments for assembling a complete FF H1 network in division 1 and 2 hazardous environments. Read More

Yokogawa H1 card boosts number of devices per segment
Yokogawa's H1 interface card is helping mitigate the "macro-cycle factor" that limits the number of devices on a segment by supporting sub-schedules within the macro-cycle. By providing up to four sub-schedules, fast acting loops can now exist on the same segment as a slow-acting loop, increasing the number of devices supported per segment. Read More


Membership: Realize the benefits of FF

Join other automation industry leaders and become a member of the Fieldbus Foundation. With more than 350 member companies and their affiliates, the foundation continues to grow as more end users adopt the technology of choice known as FOUNDATION fieldbus.

New member companies, including Cake Electronics, Envision Instruments LLC, and Solartron Morbey, are now on the Fast Track to Fieldbus. It's your turn—become a member today!

Why become a member of the Fieldbus Foundation?

By becoming a member, you will receive the benefits your company needs for the fieldbus market. These include:

  1. FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications (current version).
  2. Intellectual property rights license to develop equipment.
  3. Discounts on products and services that aid in the development process.
  4. Discounts on FOUNDATION fieldbus training workshops.
  5. Use of Fieldbus Foundation registered logos for marketing efforts.
  6. Member voting rights.
  7. Sponsorship opportunities at events around the globe, including tradeshows, seminars, the annual FF promotional program, application demo, and more.
  8. Opportunity to participate in technical workshops and on marketing committees that help determine the direction of FOUNDATION technology.

Who can become a member of the Fieldbus Foundation?

The Fieldbus Foundation offers the following types of company memberships:

  • End users
  • Integrators
  • Government bodies
  • Manufacturers/developers
  • Educational institutions
  • Research institutions
  • Engineers/contractors

Become a member today to receive the information and guidance you need to get started with fieldbus.

For questions on membership, e-mail: member.services@fieldbus.org

Click here for a Fieldbus Foundation membership application.

Click here to learn more about Fieldbus Foundation membership benefits.

Click here to review the Fieldbus Foundation membership list.


Update: BP project prepares for test; schedules press day

The Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, TX) is preparing for the final acceptance test (FAT) for the hybrid batch demonstration at the BP chemical plant in Lima, OH. More than 15 member companies are participating in this demo, which is intended to illustrate a multiple-vendor solution.

The BP Lima, OH, processing plant is the first comprehensive, world-class implementation of Flexible Function Blocks (FFBs) in a hybrid batch chemical processing plant. At an event scheduled for May 19, industry trade press representatives, Fieldbus Foundation Board of Directors and Executive Committee members, End User Council team leaders, and engineering personnel will see a working demonstration of the plant. Table top displays showcasing FOUNDATION fieldbus products will emulate the demonstration.

The BP demonstration applies a high-speed plant backbone implementation over H1 and HSE level fieldbus devices with FFBs to create a high performance plant interface. The implementation provides a comprehensive solution setting the stage for 2005 and beyond with future process control integration.

Click here to learn more.


End user corner: Post your story

Fieldbus Foundation's new "End User Corner" forum is filling up with success stories—proof of the market's growing interest in, and demand for, FOUNDATION fieldbus. This forum presents the knowledge of experienced fieldbus end users and provides a way to share the solutions only FOUNDATION technology delivers.

Click here to post your own fieldbus installation success story.

If you are not registered for Fieldbus Forums, click here to sign up.

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 for this spring 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.


FF to display latest technology at Interkama

Don't miss the Fieldbus Foundation at Interkama! Visit the foundation's booth Hall 7 A10 at the process automation trade fair in Hannover, Germany, April 11th-15th, 2005. The event is part of Hannover Fair 2005, a leading showcase for industrial technology.

Members of the Fieldbus Foundation will be on hand with the latest fieldbus technology available. FOUNDATION fieldbus technology is the leader among end users for new installations. Come by and learn how FOUNDATION fieldbus Integrated Architecture can benefit your plant environment. Leading experts will be available to answer your questions. Join us!

Click here to learn more about Hannover Fair and Interkama.


ABB wins gas platform project

ABB has been awarded a project worth over $4.7 million to provide the entire automation and instrumentation suite for Petro-Canada's De Ruyter oil and gas production platform. The project is the first new-build offshore platform to use FOUNDATION fieldbus. It will also use ABB's new System 800xA high integrity safety controller (SIS).

De Ruyter production platform is to be built in the North Sea some 60 km offshore from The Hague. ABB will deliver the automation and instrumentation systems in August 2005; the platform is scheduled to come on-stream in mid 2006. Awarded against a competitive tender, ABB won the contract for its ability to produce the whole system as a single package. The company and Petro-Canada will work closely on the design as an integrated team.

The installation is based on the 800xA extended automation system and includes a control and safety system based on the ABB AC800M and AC800HI safety controllers (SIS), FOUNDATION fieldbus for process control, and HART for other control and safety I/O. ABB will also supply all field instrumentation, including pressure and temperature transmitters, flow elements, level transmitters, and magnetic flow meters, many of which will be the company's own FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART-compliant devices.

ABB began work on the project immediately after receiving the award. Key requirements are guaranteed performance and the ability to control design changes.

Learn more on the ABB Web site.

Emerson to automate Australian mine

Emerson Process Management has won a $3.1 million contract for the digital automation and control of minerals processing at the BHP Billiton nickel/cobalt mine and treatment facility under construction in Ravensthorpe, Australia. The new open-pit mine and minerals processing plant is part of a $1.1 billion project that will annually produce up to 50,000 tons of nickel and 1,400 tons of cobalt.

Emerson will install its PlantWeb® digital architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus technology to deliver significantly more process and equipment information than traditional analog systems. The system will let BHP Billiton operate a safer, more reliable, and better performing mine and plant.

The DeltaV™ digital automation system with AMS™ Suite predictive maintenance software, key components of PlantWeb, are at the core of the innovative digital approach that will include more than 2,000 smart digital field devices. Emerson reports that the project is the largest FOUNDATION fieldbus installation in Australia, and the largest for mineral processing in the world.

PlantWeb enables manufacturers to avoid costly, unexpected process interruptions and optimize performance of production equipment by establishing a predictive maintenance environment that is anchored by digital monitoring of instrumentation and equipment condition using data from smart field devices.

Click here for more information about PlantWeb.


Hawke offers intrinsically safe TrunkGuard™

TrunkGuard™ device couplers are now available in intrinsically safe forms (TG100 Series) with versions suitable for direct drive using Hawke's RM100 I.S. power supply or anyone else's FISCO power supply. Hawke calls the RM100 the class leader for I.S. applications, providing 350 mA capacity per segment, power supply redundancy, built-in surge protection, and IIC devices. FISCO systems are available capable of 115mA in IIC and 250mA in IIB, but with surge protection and power supply redundancy only as external options.

Hawke's TrunkGuard technology protects fieldbus segments from spur short-circuits. It "switches off" faulty spurs with automatic resetting on fault removal; other designs simply limit current per fault, but at levels which often force segments into overload shutdown or cause internal damage unless spur problems are immediately addressed.

TG200 is intended for general purpose and non-incendive systems (Zone2/Div2), and TG300 is the solution for Zone1, allowing Exd devices to be individually disconnected while the rest of the segment remains under power with no interruption to other measurement and control points, and no need for local gas detection on field maintenance.

For fieldbus segment power and device protection with any preferred protection technique—Hawke Fieldbus provides the best solution.

Click here to learn more.


MTL-Relcom introduces intrinsically safe fieldbus barrier

MTL-Relcom has introduced a range of intrinsically safe fieldbus barriers, adding to its extensive portfolio of fieldbus power supplies and wiring components. Together with MTL-Relcom's FISCO power supplies, the new units allow MTL to provide the best technical solution and lowest cost for every IS fieldbus application.

Each Zone-1-mounted barrier unit supports four intrinsically safe spurs, for connection to "Entity" or FISCO-certified fieldbus instruments in IIB or IIC, Zone 0 hazardous areas. Multiple fieldbus barriers may be connected on the fieldbus trunk, which is installed as increased safety (Ex e) wiring. The barrier units are compatible with the MTL-Relcom FPS range of redundant power supplies, including integrated power systems for all major fieldbus control system vendors.

Available in glass reinforced polyester or stainless steel enclosure options, the 9301-FB and 9302-FB have excellent chemical and moisture resistance, and are suitable for installation in a wide range of corrosive environments. The 9302-FB unit may be powered from a locally available ac or dc supply, reducing the current drawn from the trunk and increasing the trunk cable length and number of devices supported per trunk to full FOUNDATION fieldbus limits.

For more information, contact Phil Saward at +44 1582 407272 or visit the company Web site.


StoneL issues fieldbus wiring practices poster

StoneL has compiled a new wall poster that illustrates FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 wiring practices using explosion proof, nonincendive, and intrinsically safe protection concepts. NEC 500 code practices are illustrated, along with a broad array of StoneL wiring components and field instruments for assembling a complete FF H1 network in division 1 and 2 hazardous environments.

At-a-glance wall poster is an excellent reference tool when designing a FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 network.

To receive your free copy, e-mail sales@stonel.com. Request the FF poster and include your address.

Get more information on the StoneL Web site.


Yokogawa H1 card boosts number of devices per segment

Yokogawa's H1 interface card is helping mitigate the "macro-cycle factor" that limits the number of devices on a segment by supporting sub-schedules within the macro-cycle. By providing up to four sub-schedules, fast acting loops can now exist on the same segment as a slow-acting loop, increasing the number of devices supported per segment.

The physical layer of FOUNDATION fieldbus is designed for up to 32 devices per H1 segment. Practically, however, the H1 interface card in most systems limits the actual number of devices supported per segment. The increasing capability of richer, more capable fieldbus devices may limit the number of devices per segment due to macro-cycle execution time.

In current implementations, all function blocks in a segment must execute at the basic scan of the macro-cycle. Fast scan and slow scan function blocks cannot execute on the same segment, limiting the functionality of the fieldbus implementation and segment layout.

The H1 interface card provides the solution. A requirement of one fast executing loop of 250 ms with several slow executing loops running one second, and additional monitoring devices running at 2 to 5 seconds, is easily accomplished with the implementation of four sub-schedules. In addition, the four sub-schedule system provides a friendly environment that enhances the types and number of function blocks, along with the number of devices and their mix.

Learn more by visiting the Yokogawa Web site.


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