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May 2005—Volume 6, Number 5


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Foundation on the move

Calgary fieldbus event

Fieldbus training schedule

Courses in Singapore

New member Solartron Mobrey

WIKA joins Foundation

Hawke's redundant solution

Invensys at Interkama

MTL's calculator

Center is 5-years old


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS ISSUE

Fieldbus Foundation: On the move in 2005
As we look at 2005, FOUNDATION fieldbus technology is quickly moving forward from an installed base of 500,000 devices and 8,000 systems. Industries such as specialized pharmaceuticals are driving specifications, calling for features only FOUNDATION fieldbus can deliver. Read More

Calgary to host major fieldbus event
A major FOUNDATION fieldbus informational conference conducted by Fieldbus Foundation, in partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), is planned for Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, 2005, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Read More

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

Singapore Polytechnic offers fieldbus training
Singapore Polytechnic will conduct training courses for those who need to understand the key concepts and capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus.
Read More

Solartron Mobrey joins Fieldbus Foundation
Solartron Mobrey, a leading, U.K.-based manufacturer of measurement and control instrumentation, joined the Fieldbus Foundation in April. The company, a member of The Roxboro Group, offers a single-source supply for an extensive range of level, flow, pressure, density, viscosity, and other measurement solutions. Read More

WIKA is newest Foundation member
WIKA is among the growing number of major automation equipment suppliers that have joined the Fieldbus Foundation. Recognized as a global leader in pressure, temperature, and calibration measurement technology, WIKA produces equipment for applications in process and production, pharmaceutical, sanitary, food & beverage, medical, and wastewater industries. Read More

Hawke provides redundant Fieldbus solution
Hawke SECURE TrunkGuard™ provides automatic redundant communications for H1 segments with no need for software or hardware changes. Read More

Invensys' capabilities draw favorable reaction at Interkama
The new capabilities of Invensys' I/A Series system and Foxboro's extensive instrumentation line drew favorable response from show attendees at Interkama in Germany last month. Invensys' continued investment in fieldbus technology has brought considerable new functionality in both areas. Read More

MTL calculator simplifies network design
Recent enhancements to MTL's calculator tool simplify the selection of power supplies and wiring components for fieldbus networks, while automatically validating their electrical characteristics. System designers can assemble combinations of MTL-Relcom power supplies and "Megablock" wiring hubs with terminators and ancillary components. Read More

SAIT celebrates five-year milestone
The FOUNDATION™ fieldbus Certified Training and Demonstration Center is five years old! Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has reached a significant milestone. Five years ago, the Fieldbus Foundation and SAIT created the Center, the world's first of its kind. Read More


Fieldbus Foundation: On the move in 2005

As we look at 2005, FOUNDATION fieldbus technology is quickly moving forward from an installed base of 500,000 devices and 8,000 systems. Industries such as specialized pharmaceuticals are driving specifications, calling for features only FOUNDATION fieldbus can deliver.

Many end users are now looking to FOUNDATION fieldbus for digital technology instrumentation and an integrated solution to answer control in the field and flexible process control systems where a master-slave configuration is not a viable solution. New FOUNDATION fieldbus applications are using High Speed Ethernet (HSE) and Flexible Function Blocks (FFB) to apply distributed field intelligence to process applications, thereby improving the data quality and process viability for present and future demands.

The worldwide market for process automation is expected to grow, and FOUNDATION fieldbus will be there to deliver results through new and powerful tools, controls systems, and integrated architecture. Many industries are looking to FOUNDATION fieldbus technology for knowledge transfer and experience with digital data instrumentation and communications.

The Fieldbus Foundation Future is here today.

Click here for more information on FOUNDATION Fieldbus installations.


Calgary to host major fieldbus event

A major FOUNDATION fieldbus informational conference conducted by Fieldbus Foundation, in partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), is planned for Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, 2005, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

SAIT will host the conference at its facility. A high level of attendance is expected as local and international FOUNDATION fieldbus experts and end users from across Canada gather to share experiences. Those seeking more information about FOUNDATION fieldbus will have an opportunity to speak with leading fieldbus authorities and ask application and technology questions. Tabletop exhibits will showcase vendors' FOUNDATION fieldbus products and services.

Anticipated end-user presentations will cover: developing an integrated fieldbus architecture for Canadian Natural Resources' Horizon Oil Sands project; and the methodology used by Nexen Inc., to work with two owner-operated companies and two engineering firms to implement FOUNDATION fieldbus.

Thursday's schedule includes a half-day, "a la carte" style workshop covering a choice of fieldbus-related topics. Other activities include a seminar on FOUNDATION fieldbus economics, laboratory tours, and tabletop exhibits. The day will conclude with a reception featuring keynote addresses by Irene Lewis, SAIT president and CEO, and John Myer, VP, In-Situ Operations & Technology at Suncor Energy. Richard Timoney, Fieldbus Foundation president and CEO, will recap the day and offer closing remarks.

On Friday, leading fieldbus experts and major end users will discuss their experiences with FOUNDATION technology in an open panel discussion. Tabletop exhibits and end-user presentations will also be offered.

Don't miss out! Click here for more information about the event.

Click here to download a registration form.

Click here for other seminar locations and dates.


Fieldbus training scheduled for June, August

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

Course Location Date Early Registration Deadline Final Deadline
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 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.

Singapore Polytechnic offers fieldbus training

Singapore Polytechnic will conduct training courses for those who need to understand the key concepts and capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus. The two-day sessions, scheduled for June 9-10 and October 11-12, will provide hands-on training and laboratory exercises demonstrating FOUNDATION fieldbus implementation. Participants will also develop a human-machine interface (HMI) for displaying fieldbus variables.

For more information, and to register for one of the classes, click here.


Solartron Mobrey joins Fieldbus Foundation

Solartron Mobrey, a leading, U.K.-based manufacturer of measurement and control instrumentation, joined the Fieldbus Foundation in April. The company, a member of The Roxboro Group, offers a single-source supply for an extensive range of level, flow, pressure, density, viscosity, and other measurement solutions.

Products provide continuous precision monitoring for process industries worldwide, including applications in nuclear and fossil fuel power generation, oil & gas production, refining, and water & waste treatment, and in the hygienic industries of chemical, pharmaceutical, and food.

Solartron Mobrey's continued investment in research and development generates a steady stream of new products that complement the existing offering of traditional and time-proven technologies. FOUNDATION fieldbus instrumentation is being added to the range, which includes HART and Profibus digital communications.

The company provides complete solutions, which include a non-catalogue capability designing instruments to customer-specific requirements, and field support services including engineering design, installation, commissioning, calibration, and on-going servicing. It was formed in January, 2000, by the merger of Solartron and The Mobrey Group of Companies and manufactures at a number of sites, including the U.K. and U.S. Products are marketed through a global network of independent distributors, agents, and wholly owned subsidiaries in Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden, and Poland. The company also maintains an office in China.

To learn more, visit the company Web site.


WIKA is newest Foundation member

WIKA is among the growing number of major automation equipment suppliers that have joined the Fieldbus Foundation. Recognized as a global leader in pressure, temperature, and calibration measurement technology, WIKA produces equipment for applications in process and production, pharmaceutical, sanitary, food & beverage, medical, and wastewater industries.

Pressure and temperature measurement solutions from WIKA are components integrated in the business processes for their customers. Essential for successful processes and practices, WIKA's products are accurate, affordable, and reliable. Some 300 million WIKA measuring instruments are in use worldwide.

For more information about WIKA, visit the company Web site.

Hawke provides redundant Fieldbus solution

Hawke SECURE TrunkGuard™ provides automatic redundant communications for H1 segments with no need for software or hardware changes.

Hawke SECURE TrunkGuard™ provides automatic redundant communications for H1 segments with no need for software or hardware changes. A break in either cable causes the STG unit to automatically activate its on-board terminator, allowing normal communications through the remaining cable with no signal interruption.
Fieldbus vendors have long been able to offer FOUNDATION fieldbus segments with redundant H1 interfaces and redundant fieldbus-conditioned power supplies. Field devices themselves can be duplicated and processed via 1oo2 or 2oo3 voting function blocks, as required. However, the fieldbus segment is still vulnerable to total loss if the segment cable is damaged.

Connecting FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 as a "ring" cable leads to communications errors; providing an external automatic switch box for duplicated cables is expensive, complex, and also a single point failure source. SECURE TrunkGuard system simply requires that the segment be wired as two independent trunks (each with an H1 interface, terminator, and simplex or duplex power), both connected in the field to a common STG unit, which provides normal TrunkGuard spur short-circuit protection for individual spurs. This inverted, U-shaped trunk behaves exactly as a conventional segment: termination at each end, FOUNDATION fieldbus-conditioned power and H1 interface. A break in either cable causes the STG unit to automatically * activate its on-board terminator (see diagram), allowing normal communications through the remaining cable and maintaining all devices in their normal operational state—with no signal interruption.

* Patent pending

For more details, email Hawke Fieldbus or visit the company Web site.


Invensys' capabilities draw favorable reaction at Interkama

The new capabilities of Invensys' I/A Series system and Foxboro's extensive instrumentation line drew favorable response from show attendees at Interkama in Germany last month. Invensys' continued investment in fieldbus technology has brought considerable new functionality in both areas.

The Invensys exhibit in the Fieldbus Foundation booth featured Foxboro's new I/A Series version 8 system, the first DCS to deliver FDT support for FOUNDATION fieldbus. Demonstrating a multi-vendor solution, Invensys showed how the FDT-compliant I/A Series system could easily configure FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and perform advanced diagnostics.

Foxboro's Eckardt Fieldbus Positioner (SRD991) was one of many instruments communicating with the I/A Series system using the FDT standard over FOUNDATION fieldbus. The SRD991 Device Type Manager (DTM) displayed in Foxboro's integrated field device maintenance toolset demonstrated partial stroke testing, illustrating one example of the advanced diagnostic and maintenance capabilities for the valve. The new IACC engineering and maintenance workstation serves as the frame application for universal device management based on a combination of both DD and FDT technologies. The demo also showed the integrated solution for the power conditioner and fieldbus modules.

Interkama attendees commented on Invensys' progress over the past year, noting in particular their smart approach to FOUNDATION fieldbus configuration and diagnostics.

For more on the technology, visit the company Web site.


MTL calculator simplifies network design

Recent enhancements to MTL's calculator tool simplify the selection of power supplies and wiring components for fieldbus networks, while automatically validating their electrical characteristics. System designers can assemble combinations of MTL-Relcom power supplies and "Megablock" wiring hubs with terminators and ancillary components.

A "building block" approach leads the user through the design stages, taking into account the length and resistance of interconnecting cables, the number of field instruments connected at each field junction box, and individual current levels. Hazardous area applications, including FISCO and FNICO, are supported. Surge protection devices may be included; their influence on network operation is automatically calculated. A "system check" feature ensures that the design is practical and considers failure modes such as short-circuited spurs.

Configuration data may be imported and exported in Microsoft Excel format, making the calculator easy to integrate with other engineering tools used during project design. A complete map of a configured network may be created, including field instrument types, tag names, and a bill of material of all fieldbus physical layer components.

Click here to download the MTL calculator, and to learn more about MTL.


SAIT celebrates five-year milestone

The FOUNDATION™ fieldbus Certified Training and Demonstration Center is five years old!

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has reached a significant milestone. Five years ago, the Fieldbus Foundation and SAIT created the Center, the world's first of its kind. Located in Calgary, Canada, the facility has been a learning center for hundreds, from integrators and engineers, manufacturers to end-users.

SAIT, one of Canada's premiere Polytechnic Institutes, has extended fieldbus training well beyond its Western Canadian roots. Sessions have been presented in Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas, providing on-site support for capital projects that have chosen fieldbus technology.

To celebrate, SAIT will host the Fieldbus End-User Council Conference on June 9th and 10th at its Calgary Campus. SAIT is pleased to welcome Fieldbus Foundation President Richard Timoney to the event. Timoney and SAIT President Irene Lewis will address the conference.

The conference reception will feature a keynote address from John Myer, vice president, In-Situ Operations and Technology, Suncor Energy Inc. Suncor represents one of SAIT's success stories. The company used the Center as a staging area to perform System Integration and Functionality Testing (SIFT). As the Suncor project was implemented, many engineers and technologists were trained in its design and configuration techniques. SAIT provided on-site training to the start-up team just days prior to commissioning as it prepared to bring the plant online. A competent and prepared staff ensured the project's success.

SAIT thanks all its partners and looks forward to another five years of success as technology adoption rates continue to climb.

Click here to register for the June End-User Council Conference.

For more information, click here to visit the SAIT Web site.


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