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April 2005—Volume 6, Number 4


Welcome to the 64th 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, Tex.) 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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Study shows growth

EEAC IDs initiatives

'Control in the field'

Successful China seminar

ISP demos scheduled

Sign up for training

Become a member

Got end-user stories?

Tech Tip: Block configuration

Emerson wins China contract

E+H transmitters evolve

Fieldbus Center curriculum

Hawke cites global growth

Invensys donates software

MTL power supplies chosen

NI monitoring tool

Softing at Interkama+

Smar upgrades storage site



April 2005—Volume 6, Number 4


Welcome to the 64th 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, Tex.) 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.


PLEASE NOTE: If you know someone, who might be interested in receiving Fieldbus Facts, via e-mail please send them this link:

www.manufacturing.net/ctl/subscribe.asp


 


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS ISSUE

Study shows strong global growth for Fieldbus Foundation technology
Results of a recent research study show strong growth for Fieldbus Foundation technology in the global industrial automation market. The 2004 year-end survey indicates more than 500,000 FOUNDATION fieldbus-compliant devices and 8,000 fieldbus systems have been shipped or installed to date. Read More

EEAC inaugural meeting identifies European marketing initiatives
Identifying marketing initiatives for Europe in the coming year were among the activities of the Fieldbus Foundation's European Executive Advisory Council (EEAC) inaugural meeting. The event took place on February 25 in Vienna, Austria. Read More

Interest grows in 'control in the field' strategies
Interest is growing among industrial end users in "control in the field" strategies based on FOUNDATION fieldbus, Foundation Fieldbus acknowledges. Field-centric control eliminates the complexities of a conventional distributed control system (DCS) environment, restores single-loop integrity to complex process control applications, and increases the reliability and availability of plant automation systems. Read More

China seminar reflects increasing demand for fieldbus information
FOUNDATION fieldbus adoption is on a record pace worldwide, driving the need for expanded regional training opportunities. Recently, more than 100 attendees participated in a Fieldbus seminar in Nanjing and discovered why foundation acceptance is gaining momentum.
Read More

ISP demo plant events scheduled for Fieldbus Foundation members, media
A Hybrid Batch Demonstration for the ISP
(International Specialty Products) manufacturing project, along with a live technology demonstration for the press, have been scheduled for late May. Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, TX) provided exceptional leadership in supporting the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the Hybrid Batch Demonstration, which will be held May 19, 2005, at the ISP BDO production plant (formerly operated by BP) in Lima, OH. (ISP recently purchased the plant from BP and is continuing the support provided by BP during the life of the demo, recognizing the potential benefits of participating in the project.) Read More

Get onboard for Fieldbus training
Don't miss out! Get on the Fast Track to FOUNDATION fieldbus, the technology end users around the world are adopting. Fieldbus Foundation will be holding Fieldbus Overview and Advanced Technical Workshops in May in Brielle, Netherlands. Sign up today to reserve your spot. Read More

Fieldbus Foundation family keeps growing
Join the industry trend—become a member of the Fieldbus Foundation and realize business benefits that will give your company a competitive advantage. Read More

Wanted: End-user installation, new product stories
Are you an end user with a story to tell? We could publish your story in our next newsletter! The Fieldbus Foundation is looking for end-user installation stories and process automation product development announcements. Read More

Tech Tip: Proper block configuration
If blocks are not properly configured, the BLOCK_ERR parameter will report Configuration Error and the block may not go to the expected mode. Read More

Emerson wins contract for China power plant
Emerson Process Management has won a $7.4 million contract to automate China's new Datang Ningde Power Plant. Read More

E+H transmitters continue to evolve
A new generation of Endress+Hauser pressure transmitters is now available with FOUNDATION fieldbus interface. Equipped with either ceramic or metallic measuring cells, both Cerabar S (absolute and gauge pressure) and Deltabar S (differential pressure) have an integrated "HISTOROM" for data read-out and back-up. Read More

Fieldbus Center's modular curriculum adapts to specific needs
Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, Texas) offers a modularized curriculum that makes any of its rapidly and effectively adaptable to any company's specific training and developing needs. Because of this approach, the Center is fast becoming the premier site for customized training for industries moving to FOUNDATION fieldbus. Read More

Hawke fieldbus division goes global with several significant projects
Hawke International announces the success of several significant FOUNDATION fieldbus projects around the world using its TrunkGuard and RouteMaster products. Read More

Invensys donates software to PACTware consortium
Invensys Process Systems has transferred ownership of software extensions for FOUNDATION fieldbus to the PACTware Consortium. The extensions enable PACTware frame applications to integrate FDT-based FOUNDATION fieldbus components. Read More

Polish CO2 plant chooses MTL FNICO power supplies
Carbowil Spolka has chosen MTL's Fieldbus Non-Incendive Concept (FNICO) power supplies and wiring components for a new fieldbus instrumentation project at the company's carbon dioxide production plant in Wloclawek, Poland. Read More

NI tool monitors function block schedules, control strategy
When you run a function block schedule or control strategy in your FOUNDATION fieldbus system, you want to make sure the schedule and the function block applications are executed properly. Read More

Softing to display new products at Interkama+
Softing will join other leading automation industry suppliers in presenting the latest trends, products, and solutions based on FOUNDATION fieldbus technology at Interkama+. Fieldbus Foundation is sponsoring a multi-vendor exhibit at the event, part of Hannover Fair 2005, which combines 11 world-class trade fairs into a single venue. Read More

Smar upgrade improves gas storage site
Converting a legacy platform to an all-digital, FOUNDATION fieldbus-based infrastructure helped a Smar customer update the control technology at its gas storage facility recently. Underground storage sites are an integral part of gas distribution systems, custody transfer, and gas mixing facilities. Although precise gas flow control is critical for safe, cost-effective operation of these sites, it can pose a challenge for legacy automation systems. Read More


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Study shows strong global growth for Fieldbus Foundation technology

Results of a recent research study show strong growth for Fieldbus Foundation technology in the global industrial automation market. The 2004 year-end survey indicates more than 500,000 FOUNDATION fieldbus-compliant devices and 8,000 fieldbus systems have been shipped or installed to date. The device count included 18 major industrial installations.

Foundation research, supported by public records, verified FOUNDATION fieldbus-based control systems are being adopted around the world at an expanding rate. Multiple industries and geographic regions drove the growth in FOUNDATION technology. Key markets included oil & gas, petrochemical, power generation, pharmaceuticals, and other manufacturing. The study also revealed that FOUNDATION fieldbus installations embraced both greenfield and brownfield projects of various sizes.

According to Fieldbus Foundation marketing specialist Joe Conklin, FOUNDATION fieldbus has reached a level of acceptance where end users have standardized on the technology for a wide range of control and instrumentation projects. "Major industrial manufacturers are requiring that FOUNDATION fieldbus be included in the specifications for new plant construction and unit upgrades," said Conklin. "For example, Shell Global Solutions selected FOUNDATION fieldbus for 31% of re-instrumentation and 66% of new projects. FOUNDATION technology has been confirmed as a leading choice for automation projects of all types by respected industry organizations such as the ARC Advisory Group."

Conklin added that the rising FOUNDATION fieldbus adoption rate resulted from greater understanding of the Operating Expense (OpEx) and Capital Expense (CapEx) savings and quality improvements made possible by the technology. "By optimizing performance across the enterprise, FOUNDATION fieldbus enables industrial manufacturers to significantly improve their bottom line," he said. "Companies deploying fieldbus-based control strategies are able to lower capital costs, reduce installation costs, decrease operating expenses, reduce maintenance requirements, and decrease time-to-market."

The list of 2004 FOUNDATION fieldbus installations included:

Sakhalin II Crude Upstream Russia
Nanhai China
Upstream Sakhalin II Russia
Ekofisk OffShore Platform North Sea
Siemens Demag Delaval Shell Bonny Island Nigeria
Hanford Facility USA
BHP Billiton Nickel/Cobalt Australia
Wangting Power China
Boliden Odda AS Norway
Greater Plutonio Deepwater Angola
Aarhus Denmark
CSPC Project China
Eastman Plant Czech Republic
Stork GLT Consortium Groningen
Malampaya Philipines
Daishowa America USA
Indena Italy
Sartomer USA

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Foundation web site.


EEAC inaugural meeting identifies European marketing initiatives

Identifying marketing initiatives for Europe in the coming year were among the activities of Fieldbus Foundation's European Executive Advisory Council (EEAC) inaugural meeting. The event took place on February 25 in Vienna, Austria.

The EEAC, comprised of senior executives from Europe's leading control and instrumentation companies, was established in response to the growing demand for FOUNDATION fieldbus in the European industrial market. The council is dedicated to promoting the adoption of FOUNDATION technology by automation equipment suppliers and end users. It will ensure the funding and availability of human resources to support local fieldbus marketing activities across Europe.

Working under the direction of the EEAC, the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) steering committee will implement the advisory council's directives and develop regional marketing materials. EMEA steering committee members have pre-determined roles for supporting local marketing committees in each country with activities such as trade shows, advertising, press relations, and general promotion of FOUNDATION technology.

Speaking at the Vienna meeting, Fieldbus Foundation president and CEO Richard Timoney thanked attendees for participating in the European marketing effort. "I am pleased that the European automation industry has made a strong commitment to the future of FOUNDATION fieldbus," he said. "This technology offers so many benefits to industrial manufacturers in Europe and around the world. Fieldbus end users realize economic advantages such as lower plant operating costs and decreased capital equipment expenses. It is important," he added, "that we communicate this message to the European user community and help enable the adoption of fieldbus-based control strategies."

EEAC members elected Dr. Gunther Kegel, president of Pepperl+Fuchs, as council chairman. Other council participants include: Juergen Fuchs, ABB; Jim Nyquist, Emerson Process Management; Dr. Raimund Sommer, Endress+Hauser; Christopher Dartnell, Honeywell; Graeme Philp, MTL; Mick Grange, Rockwell Automation; Wolfgang Trier, Softing; and Harry Hauptmeijer, Yokogawa.

EMEA steering committee members include: Frank Fengler, ABB; Richard Willems, Emerson Process Management; Klaus Korsten, Endress+Hauser; Chris Allen, Fieldbus Foundation; Sue Fielder, Fieldbus Foundation; Wim Van Robbroeck, Honeywell; Alain Ginguene, Invensys; Roger Highton, MTL; Thomas Kasten, Pepperl+Fuchs; Paul Brooks, Rockwell Automation; Heiko Meyer, Softing; Bareld Bruining, STC Brielle; Jorge Garcia, Turck; Juan Garcia, Vega; Matthias Mueller, Weimueller; and Henk Van der Bent, Yokogawa.

Dr. Kegel called on the EEAC to enlist the necessary resources for educating European industry about FOUNDATION fieldbus. "As an organization, our task is to promote the technology across a vast and diverse marketplace," he said. "Our efforts can have a tremendous impact on the growth of the FOUNDATION protocol in process plants, factories and other automated operations."

The EEAC's first initiative was to direct the foundation's exhibit at Interkama+ 2005. Based on the theme "Freedom to Choose. Power to Integrate," the exhibit will feature a large "FOUNDATION fieldbus Territory" consisting of a central Fieldbus Foundation stand with member company satellite booths in the immediate surrounding area—giving a marketplace atmosphere where the many flavors of FOUNDATION technology applications can be sampled.

Recognizing the importance of high-level training to support engineering contractors in greenfield and retrofit projects, the EMEA steering committee will work with local foundation marketing committees to coordinate EPC (engineering, procurement, construction) seminars in 2005. In addition, the foundation will present a series of fieldbus workshops and participate in numerous automation industry events in Europe during the coming year.

The next EEAC meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 12, 2005, as part of the foundation's Interkama+ 2005 activities.

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Foundation web site.


Interest grows in 'control in the field' strategies

Interest is growing among industrial end users in "control in the field" strategies based on FOUNDATION fieldbus, Foundation Fieldbus acknowledges. Field-centric control eliminates the complexities of a conventional distributed control system (DCS) environment, restores single-loop integrity to complex process control applications, and increases the reliability and availability of plant automation systems.

Production plants installing a FOUNDATION fieldbus system can implement both batch and logic control at the field level. FOUNDATION technology enables primary PID and secondary PID (cascade) functions, as well as feed/forward and lead/lag, to reside in smart control valve positioners/controllers. This approach eliminates the need to load PID algorithms in host systems, and frees plant resources to handle more complex data management and operational analysis.

FOUNDATION fieldbus network architecture allows control to be distributed to the field at the H1 (31.25 kbit/s) level, or in High Speed Ethernet (HSE) linking devices, which integrate H1 fieldbus segments into a high-speed Ethernet backbone. The linking devices function as a "bridge" between HSE and H1 channels, interconnecting field devices to each other and to other hosts, and are an essential component for integrating system communication with direct I/O access and advanced control applications.

Locating control functionality in HSE linking devices unifies the control structure across the control room and process subsystems. Linking devices can be placed close to the process where points of communication converge. Distributing control to the H1 or HSE layers in the field also minimizes the effects of any loss or failure of supervisory control. Loss of a single device affects only a fraction of the overall control capabilities.

According to the Fieldbus Foundation's director of technology development, David A. Glanzer, control in the field is an effective solution for today's increasingly complex and demanding process design requirements. He said, "By moving control functionality to the field, and implementing distributed FOUNDATION fieldbus linking devices connected by the HSE communication protocol, end users can restore single-loop integrity to their process and achieve a control system that is easier to define, engineer, procure, test, install, and maintain."

Glanzer added, "As end users have gained more familiarity with the capabilities and reliability of the technology, we are seeing a trend of distributing control across field devices. The inherent flexibility of the function block structure provides users with a significant opportunity to enhance the complexity of their control strategy and improve its reliability."

John Rezabek, lead controls engineer for ISP's Lima, OH, BDO production plant, and a leading industry proponent of field-level control for process automation, stated, "With control on the wire, end users can achieve a truly distributed automation architecture and minimize the need for redundancy at the host level. They can also reduce the footprint of control cabinets. FOUNDATION fieldbus' precise error handling, signal status propagation, and configurable fault tolerance make control in the field extremely robust. We've had over 70 loops running in field devices since June 2000 with no process shutdowns due to device failure."

Visit the Fieldbus Foundation web site to learn more.

China seminar reflects increasing demand for fieldbus information

FOUNDATION fieldbus adoption is on a record pace worldwide, driving the need for expanded regional training opportunities. Recently, more than 100 attendees participated in a Fieldbus seminar in Nanjing and discovered why Fieldbus Foundation acceptance is gaining momentum. The success of the event indicated the increasing demand for fieldbus information in one of the world's fastest growing markets.

FOUNDATION fieldbus experts gave presentations to representatives of leading China-based corporations, including: Shandong Electric Power Generation, Shanghai Baoshan Steel, Baoshan Meishan Corp. (Meishan training center), Chanzhou Banshi Cement, Jiangsu Nangang Steel Corp., Shanghai SECCO, and the North China Electric Power University.

Professor Dr. Yan Bai gave an end-user presentation. Hisashi Sasajima of Yamatake Corporation, who also serves as Fieldbus Foundation vice president of Asia/Pacific operations, opened the seminar with a keynote address. Sasajima noted that FOUNDATION fieldbus is experiencing double-digital growth across the China market. Sam Dekey of National Instruments, current chairman of the foundation's China marketing committee, reported on local FOUNDATION fieldbus activities.

Other seminar presentations included: Jeff Xu, Rockwell Automation (value of Fieldbus Foundation technology); Dou Lianwang, Endress+Hauser (field device requirements); Yang Yongshong, Yanshan Beijing Simulation Training Center (certified Fieldbus training); Gao Shuzhen (ancillary device requirements); Li Shao, Pepperl+Fuchs (segment design requirements); and Yuenian Wu, Honeywell (host system and software configuration requirements).

The Nanjing seminar showed that end users, suppliers, integrators, and other industry members are seeking to learn more about FOUNDATION fieldbus. Seminars provide unique opportunities to learn about the technology through open and shared attendee experiences and knowledgeable presentations. End users learn first-hand how to incorporate the latest advancements and the powerful, forward-looking features of FOUNDATION fieldbus into their own applications.

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


ISP demo plant events scheduled for Fieldbus Foundation members, media

A Hybrid Batch Demonstration for the ISP (International Specialty Products) manufacturing project, along with a live technology demonstration for the press, have been scheduled for late May.

Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, TX) provided exceptional leadership in supporting the Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) for the Hybrid Batch Demonstration, which will be held May 19, 2005, at the ISP BDO production plant (formerly operated by BP) in Lima, OH. (ISP recently purchased the plant from BP and is continuing the support provided by BP during the life of the demo, recognizing the potential benefits of participating in the project.) The Center and 17 additional foundation member companies provided resources, including equipment, application programming, and development support, for the collaborative, multi-vendor implementation of the FOUNDATION fieldbus integrated architecture.

In addition, the ISP Lima facility is hosting a comprehensive, world-class implementation of Flexible Function Blocks (FFBs) in a hybrid batch chemical processing operation. At a special Press Day on May 19, trade media representatives, Fieldbus Foundation directors, executives, end-user council leaders, and engineering personnel will gather for an up-close look at a live technology demonstration.

The ISP demonstration covers the complete story of a high-speed plant backbone implementation via H1 and High Speed Ethernet (HSE) level fieldbus devices, with FFBs used to create a high performance plant interface. The demonstration will explain the solution roadmap, setting the stage for 2005 and beyond with integrated and interoperable process control.

For more on the project, visit the Fieldbus Foundation web site.


Get onboard for Fieldbus training

Don't miss out! Get on the Fast Track to FOUNDATION fieldbus, the technology end users around the world are adopting. Fieldbus Foundation will be holding Fieldbus Overview and Advanced Technical Workshops in May in Brielle, Netherlands, and in June and August in Austin, TX. Sign up today to reserve your spot.

Course Location Date Early Registration Deadline Final Deadline
Fieldbus Overview Brielle, Netherlands May 9 March 23 April 27
Advanced Technical Brielle, Netherlands May 10-12 March 23 April 27
Fieldbus Overview Austin, TX, USA June 20 April 13 May 18
Advanced Technical Austin, TX, USA June 21-23 April 13 May 18
Fieldbus Overview Austin, TX, USA August 15 June 24 August 1
Advanced Technical Austin, TX, USA August 16-18 June 24 August 1

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 foundation 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.


Fieldbus Foundation family keeps growing

Join the industry trend—become a member of the Fieldbus Foundation and realize business benefits that will give your company a competitive advantage.

Recent new member companies include:

  • Solartron Mobrey
  • WIKA-Alexander Wiegand GmbH & Co. KG
  • Faurgs—Instituto De Informatica
  • Nozhup

Why become a member of the Fieldbus Foundation? Joining will your company the benefits it needs for the fast-growing 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 promotional program, application demo, and more.
  8. Opportunity to participate in technical workshops and on marketing committees that help direct FOUNDATION technology.

Become a member today and 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.


Wanted: End-user installation, new product stories

Are you an end user with a story to tell? We could publish your story in our next newsletter!

The Fieldbus Foundation is looking for end-user installation stories and process automation product development announcements. Please keep the foundation up-to-date on what's happening with your company by adding this e-mail address—marketing@fieldbus.org—to your news release distribution list.

We are interested in all fieldbus-related news. The foundation will review all articles received for possible inclusion in our newsletter. Materials submitted will also be considered for possible inclusion in our ISA 2005 Chicago event. Consider using this method to communicate and showcase your end user focused achievements.

For more information and to read more about Fieldbus Forums, click here.


Tech Tip: Proper block configuration

If blocks are not properly configured, the BLOCK_ERR parameter will report Configuration Error and the block may not go to the expected mode. One common configuration error is uninitialized values. Function Block Specifications state that a block must not leave the Out of Service mode if it detects uninitialized parameters. Parameters that must be initialized are ALERT_KEY (all blocks), L_TYPE (AI block), and SHED_OPTS (output and control blocks).


Emerson wins contract for China power plant

Emerson Process Management has won a $7.4 million contract to automate China's new Datang Ningde Power Plant. Emerson's Power & Water Solutions division will coordinate and supervise the project that represents the first application of PlantWeb® digital architecture with the Ovation® control system and Foundation™ fieldbus in a supercritical plant in China. The project is further evidence of China's emerging power generation controls market, which is estimated at $120 million and is growing at a double-digit annual rate. Emerson will use its digital PlantWeb automation architecture to reduce automation costs and optimize the power plant's performance and reliability.

Expected to be operational in 2006, Datang Ningde will be a supercritical plant, using new clean coal technology that enables operation at elevated steam temperature and pressure. This advanced technology makes coal-based electricity generation more efficient while reducing fuel-related emissions. It is expected to become more prevalent in China as the country expands its generation capacity to meet the growing power demand.

PlantWeb is expected to generate major engineering, wiring, and commissioning savings initially, as well as ongoing savings because of its AMS™ Suite asset management capabilities, which use predictive intelligence to optimize plant performance and reliability.

For more information, visit the Emerson Process Management web site.


E+H transmitters continue to evolve

A new generation of Endress+Hauser pressure transmitters is now available with FOUNDATION fieldbus interface. Equipped with either ceramic or metallic measuring cells, both Cerabar S (absolute and gauge pressure) and Deltabar S (differential pressure) have an integrated "HISTOROM" for data read-out and back-up.

Cerabar/Deltabar transmitters are also available as high temperature versions. All have been developed and produced according to SIL/IEC 61508 (safety integrity level).

For more information on these products, click here.


Fieldbus Center's modular curriculum adapts to specific needs

Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, Texas) offers a modularized curriculum that makes any of its rapidly and effectively adaptable to any company's specific training and developing needs. Because of this approach, the Center is fast becoming the premier site for customized training for industries moving to FOUNDATION fieldbus.

The Fieldbus Center can incorporate a company's own equipment or software into a course to provide the best value for its training dollars. This approach gives students greater ability to unleash the power that FOUNDATION fieldbus puts at their fingertips.

The Fieldbus Center is home to products (devices, hosts, and software) from leading vendors in the industrial automation world. This collection, combined with a hands-on approach to classes, enables the Center to offer a truly vendor-neutral environment in which students can learn the basics of fieldbus and gain experience with the specific systems and devices they will be applying in their own installations.

Find out more by visiting the Fieldbus Center web site.


Hawke fieldbus division goes global with several significant projects

Hawke International announces the success of several significant FOUNDATION fieldbus projects around the world using its TrunkGuard and RouteMaster products.

Hawke TrunkGuard electronic device coupler is being used in non-incendive configuration on the Greater Plutonio FPSO. It was engineered by KBR with the Emerson DeltaV DCS package. The device couplers were configured in the latest E-Z LID stainless steel field enclosure, which features a lid that rotates upward for easy accessibility to internal parts.

RouteMaster—Hawke's class-leading intrinsically safe power supply and device coupler combination—was selected for the De Ruyter offshore platform by ABB engineers and operators from Petro-Canada. Key driver in this application was the MTTF and systems availability, possible only with the passive conditioning and redundant linear power of the RM100 system.

Cargill's development in edible oil refining in Russia will use the GOST-approved RouteMaster (non-hazardous version), which is deemed most suitable for the harsh application environment expected there.

Yokogawa Middle East continues to service Saudi Aramco using Hawke's TrunkGuard units to protect fieldbus segments from spur faults. TrunkGuard uses electronic foldback technology to switch off faulty spurs, rather than simply limiting fault currents and maintaining them continuously on the segment.

For the latest information on these projects, click here to visit the Fieldbus section of the Hawke Web site.


Invensys donates software to PACTware consortium

Invensys Process Systems has transferred ownership of software extensions for FOUNDATION fieldbus to the PACTware Consortium. The extensions enable PACTware frame applications to integrate FDT-based FOUNDATION fieldbus components. DTMs (device type managers), which encapsulate device characteristics; and BTMs (block type managers), which manage FOUNDATION fieldbus device blocks, are included.

PACTware, a standalone implementation of the FDT 1.2 specification, is an open-source frame application that allows field device DTMs and BTMs to be displayed as a window within PACTware's graphical user interface. With the addition of the Invensys-developed software extensions, PACTware's capability as a vendor-independent application for configuring, commissioning, and managing intelligent field devices now encompasses all major fieldbuses: HART, Profibus, and FOUNDATION fieldbus.

"As an early and ardent proponent of fieldbus technology, Invensys firmly believes that the true benefit of fieldbus comes from providing end-users with the freedom to choose the fieldbus instrumentation and related asset management applications that work best for them, regardless of instrument or system vendor, and to do so without compromising any functionality. FDT provides that freedom. That's why we're so pleased to be able to donate these modest, yet critical, software extensions to the PACTware Consortium to be able to support the foundation on FDT," said Scott Bump, director of fieldbus technology development at Invensys' Foxboro Automation unit.

Learn more by visiting the Foxboro Web site.


Polish CO2 plant chooses MTL FNICO power supplies

Carbowil Spolka has chosen MTL's Fieldbus Non-Incendive Concept (FNICO) power supplies and wiring components for a new fieldbus instrumentation project at the company's carbon dioxide production plant in Wloclawek, Poland.

Part of the Wloclawek plant is classified as a Zone 2 hazardous area, and to maintain a uniform approach across the entire installation, an explosion protection method suitable for Zone 2 was required. The Emerson-approved MTL FNICO units were selected for connection to the DeltaV control system because the field network is energy-limited to allow live maintenance work in Zone 2 hazardous areas.

Because certification requirements for fieldbus devices connected to FNICO power supplies are straightforward, the engineering contractor, Jacobs Belgie N.V., was able to choose from a mixture of intrinsically safe types including both "Entity" and FISCO approvals. MTL's FNICO Application Note, AN9027, provided guidance through every design stage.

The energy-limited EEx nL technique is defined in the forthcoming edition of IEC standard 60079-27, which governs the design of FNICO power supplies such as the 9112-NI used at the Wloclawek plant. The installation also includes Megablock wiring components with "SpurGuard" short-circuit protection and a built-in terminator.

For further information please contact Phil Saward, Fieldbus product manager, MTL Instruments. Phone: +44 1582 407272; email: psaward@mtl-inst.com

Or visit the MTL Web site to learn more.


NI tool monitors function block schedules, control strategy

When you run a function block schedule or control strategy in your FOUNDATION fieldbus system, you want to make sure the schedule and the function block applications are executed properly. A few monitor tools are available to monitor the function block schedule based on H1 communication level.

Now you can use the NI-FBUS Monitor 3.0 to monitor the schedule execution in a dynamic view, which will record the published data, compel data in the schedule, and display the statistic report in the Schedule View. With these data, you can judge how well the schedules are executed.

Using this feature of Monitor 3.0 requires NI-FBUS Configurator 3.1.1 software to create an INI file by uploading the segment configuration.

For more information, email fieldbus.support@ni.com

Or click here to visit the Fieldbus section of the NI web site.


Softing to display new products at Interkama+

Softing will join other leading automation industry suppliers in presenting the latest trends, products, and solutions based on FOUNDATION fieldbus technology at Interkama+. Fieldbus Foundation is sponsoring a multi-vendor exhibit at the event, part of Hannover Fair 2005, which combines 11 world-class trade fairs into a single venue.

Softing will display its powerful new H1 to Modbus/TCP Gateway that makes it easy to connect FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 devices directly to Modbus/TCP networks. The company will also highlight several new features of its HSE/H1 Linking Device. These include a new FBAP (Function Block Application) Connect Option and extended diagnostic functionality of the H1 network. Increased interoperability has been ensured by adding the ability to download incremental network configuration information.

Visit Softing in the Fieldbus Foundation booth at Interkama+ in Hall 7, Booth A10, or in the Softing booth in Hall 9, Booth A35.

Learn more by visiting the Softing web site.


Smar upgrade improves gas storage site

Converting a legacy platform to an all-digital, FOUNDATION fieldbus-based infrastructure helped a Smar customer update the control technology at its gas storage facility recently. Underground storage sites are an integral part of gas distribution systems, custody transfer, and gas mixing facilities. Although precise gas flow control is critical for safe, cost-effective operation of these sites, it can pose a challenge for legacy automation systems.

The project was implemented initially with four injection/withdraw wells. The subsequent addition of six more brought the total to ten. The new control system provided a single, integrated communication and control protocol incorporating existing network hardware and HMI stations, as well as conventional 4-20 mA devices used to measure injection well lines and control reservoir gas flows.

Key to Smar's control solution was the FC302 flow computer, which uses FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and High Speed Ethernet (HSE) technology. This next generation instrument enhanced reservoir and pipeline management by expanding access to real-time measurements and instrument diagnostics. The flow computer is connected to network servers and workstations via Ethernet switches and fiberoptic cables.

OPC connectivity supported the use of the site's current HMI and existing network hardware was easily integrated. Smar's open configuration tool and fieldbus transmitters supporting up to 20 function blocks each offered maximum control and configuration options.

Smar's open system architecture, true distributed control, diagnostics capabilities, and single communications and control protocol created an extremely versatile system. The customer achieved benefits such as reduced engineering costs, lower installation and hardware costs, improved control capabilities, and reduced operational and maintenance costs.

Learn more by visiting the Smar Web site.


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