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New look at ISA Expo

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Training center in China

Contractors meet

Enhanced test kit

Biotech company seminar

Device development course

Membership is up

End user seminars

Fieldbus training

Fieldbus adoption increases

Meeting in Prague

PlantWeb® in Chinese

ABB magmeters

Emerson China project

Fieldbus Center courses

NI configuration tools

MTL Relcom giveaway

Rockwell solution

September 2005 – Volume 6, Number 7

Welcome to the 67th 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.

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS ISSUE

New look for Fieldbus Foundation at ISA Expo 2005
A new booth look and new technology enhancements will give Fieldbus Foundation a significant presence at ISA Expo 2005, to be held in Chicago, October 25-27. Read More

Agreement boosts support for EDDL
Fieldbus Foundation has signed an addendum to its agreement with the HART Communication Foundation, Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V., and OPC Foundation to further develop Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL). Read More

Training center opens in China
The grand opening ceremony for the new FOUNDATION fieldbus training site at the Yanshan Simulation Training Center in Beijing, China took place on August 2, 2005. The facility will help China and Far East Asia keep pace with rapid industry adoption of FOUNDATION technology in these regions. Read More

Engineering contractors event draws a crowd
Fieldbus Foundation’s first engineering contractors event, held July 23 at the Imperial War Museum in London, was a success. The meeting was attended by senior engineers from several leading UK-based engineering contractor groups. Read More

Enhanced ITK 4.61 test kit available
Fieldbus Foundation has released enhanced Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) 4.61. This updated version has additional functionality expanding the scope of interoperability testing to benefit end users of FOUNDATION field bus devices. Read More

Biotech company hosts Fieldbus seminar
Genzyme, a leading biotech company, will host a comprehensive FOUNDATION fieldbus seminar on Nov. 3-4 in Cambridge, MA. The event will include hands-on instruction in the use of FOUNDATION fieldbus control systems, and feature presentations by leading worldwide experts in fieldbus technology. Read More

New course explains device development process
A new Fieldbus Foundation training course, “Fieldbus Development for Project Managers,” includes a comprehensive workshop on all phases of the engineering development process for FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. Read More

Membership continues to grow
Fieldbus Foundation membership continues to grow as major companies such as Berthold Technologies GmbH & Co KG, Cross Point Engineering, Dynamic Fluid Measurement, Inc., and Dandong Top Electronics Instruments Co., Ltd. join the organizations getting on “the fast track to fieldbus.” Read More

Learn the latest at end-user seminars
Discover the benefits of FOUNDATION fieldbus through the informative case studies presented at the Fieldbus Foundation’s end-user seminars. Events provide the latest information in fieldbus technology advancements, devices, and systems. Read More

Sign up today for Fieldbus training
Get on the Fast Track to Fieldbus by signing up for training workshops! Fieldbus Overview and Advanced Technical Workshop will be held in Brielle, Netherlands, in November. Read More

More Fieldbus in Brownfield, Greenfield operations
Fieldbus Foundation members are reporting a sustained increase in FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications for Brownfield and Greenfield operations globally. Read More

European EUC meets in Prague
”Prague 2005”, the European Fieldbus Foundation End User Council (EUC) meeting, is set to take place in Prague, Czech Republic this fall. Read More

Emerson launches online PlantWeb® University in Chinese
A Chinese-language version of Emerson Process Management’s global online PlantWeb® University is now available to help users understand, evaluate, and apply the latest process automation technology by studying at home. Read More

ABB sanitary magmeters enter U.S. market
ABB Instrumentation has expanded its comprehensive line of FOUNDATION fieldbus flow measurement products introducing its FXE4000 electromagnetic flowmeter to the U.S. market. Read More

Emerson automates China petrochemical complex
Emerson recently completed a digital automation project at Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Co.’s $2.7-billion, 10-plant ethylene cracker complex. The complex selected Emerson in 2003 as its digital automation partner for the installation, one of the largest integrated petrochemical complexes in China. Read More

Custom training meets industry needs
The Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, TX) is becoming the premier site for customized training for industries moving to FOUNDATION fieldbus. Use of a modular curriculum makes any course offered by the Fieldbus Center readily and rapidly adaptable to meet a company’s specific training and development needs. Read More

NI supplies configuration tools to China project
National Instruments NI-FBUS Configurator software and PCMCIA-FBUS cards played a significant role in fieldbus instrument configuration at the $4.3 billion CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Limited (CSPC) complex in Nanhai, China. Read More

MTL Relcom: Tell your story, win a tester
Have you used an MTL Relcom FBT-3 fieldbus tester to diagnose and fix a fieldbus physical layer problem? MTL Relcom would like to hear your story. Read More

Collaborative solution improves productivity, reduces risk
Rockwell Automation's Integrated Architecture unifies control disciplines across the plant and provides actionable information from the entire enterprise. Together with Endress+Hauser, it expands device connectivity and configuration capabilities. Read More

New look for Fieldbus Foundation at ISA Expo 2005

A new booth look and new technology enhancements will give Fieldbus Foundation a significant presence at ISA Expo 2005, to be held in Chicago, October 25-27.

The redesigned exhibit is easier to view and access. Booth participants will include major host and device suppliers, who will answer questions and demonstrate FOUNDATION fieldbus systems and equipment. The exhibit will include a new “Technology Center,” which will stage the complete fieldbus solution with service companies, educational institutions, and core technology suppliers illustrating their role in FOUNDATION technology.

Fieldbus Foundation theme for the ISA Expo is Freedom to Choose, Power to Integrate. It follows on the heels of the successful ISP Press Day event held earlier this year in Lima, OH. The exhibit will showcase the entire FOUNDATION fieldbus integrated architecture, including the H1+HSE infrastructure with Flexible Function Blocks (FFBs). It will include the plant filter simulator and diagnostic demo used at ISP Press Day to demonstrate this one-of-a-kind-technology.

Stop by Booth #426 at ISA Expo 2005 and learn about the new features and enhancements that FOUNDATION fieldbus has to offer.

Click here to register for ISA Expo 2005. Enter W19137 to receive free registration.

Agreement boosts support for EDDL

Fieldbus Foundation has signed an addendum to its agreement with the HART Communication Foundation, Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V., and OPC Foundation to further develop Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL). The joint maintenance team expands support for EDDL technology enhancements.

EDDL is a text-based language for describing the digital communication characteristics of intelligent devices and equipment parameters in an Operating System (OS) and Human Machine Interface (HMI)-neutral environment. EDDL enables a host system manufacturer to create a single engineering environment that can support any device from any supplier using any communications protocol without the need for custom software drivers for each device type.

In early 2004, EDDL specifications of Fieldbus Foundation, HART, and Profibus were unified in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61804-2 international standard. More than 15,000,000 field devices based on EDDL have been installed worldwide.

The EDDL maintenance team, as a contribution to the IEC, will advance maintenance of Electronic Device Description (EDD) technology by specifying compliance tests and developing a general test procedure. Representatives of the four user groups have formed a steering committee to oversee the project.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, the cooperation project will protect industry investments in EDDL by enabling additional enhancements to the IEC standard. “The Fieldbus Foundation strongly supports the effort to advance IEC 61804-2, which harmonized and extended the contents of the FOUNDATION fieldbus, HART, and Profibus EDD specifications,” said Timoney. “The EDDL standard assists suppliers faced with developing intelligent instrumentation that is compatible with multiple protocols. The technology streamlines the device development process and lowers the cost of bringing new products to market.”

Timoney said that EDDL technology lets end users achieve unsurpassed levels of interoperability and device integration. “EDDL provides the freedom to choose best-in-class automation products from the suppliers of your choice, delivers the power to integrate devices to achieve optimum control strategies, and allows easy and efficient system upgrades,” he explained. “In addition, it provides consistency and ease of use when developing human interfaces across multiple systems and platforms.”

The original EDDL cooperation project, completed last fall, developed enhancements that have been incorporated into the respective FOUNDATION fieldbus, HART, and Profibus technologies and are now being incorporated into the OPC Foundation’s Unified Architecture specification. The enhancements extended the concept of interoperability to the HMI and diagnostic data level with improved visualization and graphical features, focusing specifically on device data organization, graphical visualization consistency, and support for persistent data storage. Today, EDDL technology supports systems that are backward-compatible with the existing base.

With EDDL, device developers do not need to design and program the graphic display system to run under a variety of platforms and environments. Instead, they can use common graphic display capabilities provided by commands in the EDDL. Because many host systems today already implement EDDL-based graphic display systems, devices using extended EDDL have a common look and feel with existing devices. This feature permits uniform integration, configuration/setup, operation, and diagnostics/maintenance—all very important in an interoperable, multi-vendor environment.

EDDL also provides operating system and platform independence, eliminating the need for special “plug-in” executable code that is costly to develop and can jeopardize the host’s control over the HMI and operating environment. Extended EDDLs follow proven test and registration procedures, including the same strict revision control policies as today’s EDDLs, to eliminate problems in the field.

For learn more, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Web site.

Training center opens in China

Ms. Gu Minqing, director of the Labor Resource Department and assistant to the president, Sinopec Group, Beijing Yanshan Petrochemical Co., Ltd., and Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, sign an agreement establishing a certified fieldbus training site at the Yanshan Simulation Training Center in Beijing, China.
The grand opening ceremony for the new FOUNDATION fieldbus training site at the Yanshan Simulation Training Center in Beijing, China took place on August 2, 2005. The facility will help China and Far East Asia keep pace with rapid industry adoption of FOUNDATION technology in these regions.

Operated by China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec Corp.), the Yanshan Simulation Training Center develops advanced simulation technology, and provides simulation and process automation training, for more than 1,500 engineers and technicians each year. The Center has played an active role in improving Sinopec’s technology since it was established in 1994.

It consists of two teaching and research buildings and one general building equipped with the latest process control equipment. Training courses cover topics such as instrumentation, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), distributed control systems (DCSs), safety management systems, and fieldbus and advanced process control. The Yanshan Center laboratory includes multi-discipline training facilities providing FOUNDATION fieldbus educational and application consulting services to end users, suppliers, and system integrators.

Grand opening ceremony at the new Yanshan center.
Companies donating to the new training center include: ABB, Auma, Dresser Masoneilan, Dynisco, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Foxboro, Hirschmann Electronics, Honeywell, Metso, Mettler Toledo Process, MicroCyber Corporation, Moore Industries, MTL, National Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, PR Electronics, Relcom, Rotork, Siemens, Smar International, StoneL, TopWorx, Turck Sensor Company, Weidmuller, Westlock, Yamatake and Yokogawa.

The Yanshan Simulation Training Center lab is equipped with FOUNDATION-compliant host systems and fieldbus instruments provided by Fieldbus Foundation members.
Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney said the Yanshan Center represents another step toward meeting global demand for FOUNDATION fieldbus training. “The worldwide automation industry has worked together to establish a state-of-the-art fieldbus training facility that will serve the burgeoning industrial community in China and Far East Asia,” said Timoney. “FOUNDATION fieldbus has made tremendous strides as a ‘technology of choice’ among leading Asian manufacturers, and the new training center will ensure that plant personnel have the skills needed to make full use of this advanced technology.”The Yanshan Center lab is equipped with FOUNDATION-compliant host systems and fieldbus instruments provided by Fieldbus Foundation members. The foundation is supporting the facility by creating a training curriculum for end users and training the center’s educators.

For additional information, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Web site.

Engineering contractors event draws a crowd

Fieldbus Foundation’s first engineering contractors event, held July 23 at the Imperial War Museum in London, was a success. The meeting was attended by senior engineers from several leading UK-based engineering contractor groups, including: Aker Kvaerner Process, CB & I John Brown Ltd, Fluor Ltd, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, Jacobs Engineering Ltd, KBR Halliburton, M. W. Kellogg Ltd, Snamprogetti Ltd, Stone & Webster, and Teknica.

Most attendees had already successfully executed fieldbus projects, and had identified many more opportunities for adopting the technology. The speaker program for the day ensured that extensive FOUNDATION fieldbus applications experiences could be shared with attendees. Among the highlights were:

A paper by Dr. Bindert Douma of Shell Global Solutions, titled, “Engineering Contractor Awareness of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Technology.” With projects so far using 150,000 fieldbus devices, Shell has adopted FOUNDATION fieldbus technology as the standard for new-build and re-instrumentation projects. Shell has achieved significant capital expenditure (CAPEX) and operational expenditure (OPEX) savings from adopting fieldbus. According to Douma, “Fieldbus is not difficult, it is just different. Therefore, it is important for contractors who are adopting the technology to change their work processes.” He added, “These fieldbus events are a great way for contractors to share their experience and adopt best practice in fieldbus implementations.”

A presentation by Mike Sharpe, C&I Chief Engineer for Foster Wheeler, on “FOUNDATION fieldbus—Foster Wheeler’s Experiences.” Sharpe covered the practical experience of successfully implementing several fieldbus projects. He emphasized the need to agree on the detailed fieldbus specification as early as possible in a project’s lifecycle to avoid rework during the detailed engineering phase and ensure that the right equipment is purchased. “FOUNDATION fieldbus provides significant space savings in cabinet design and reduction in field cable terminations on a project,” said Sharpe. “To maximize FOUNDATION fieldbus-related savings, changes in work practices are required—for example, testing of typical fieldbus segments and configuration checks of devices prior to installation, which can save time doing loop checks on site.”

A discussion by Bareld Bruining of STC Brielle, one of the Fieldbus Foundation’s European training centers, on the industry’s experience with “FOUNDATION Fieldbus Project Handling.” He compared the stages in a project using 4-20 mA I/O to those for a fieldbus project. Said Bruining, “Engineering contractors who have invested in fieldbus training at the start of a project have achieved capital savings using fieldbus compared to using conventional technology.”

Key suppliers of fieldbus equipment sponsored the event. They included: ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Hawke, Honeywell, Invensys, MTL Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell, Smar, Softing, Turck, and Yokogawa. Additional support was provided by the Institute of Measurement and Control.

Roger Highton, Director of End User Councils, Fieldbus Foundation—EMEA, said he was delighted with how well attendees responded to the day’s program. “This was a very successful first event organized by the Fieldbus Foundation to support engineering contractors in the adoption of the technology,” he observed. “We have also arranged engineering contractor events to be held in The Netherlands this September, and in Italy in November. Events in Germany and France will be held early next year.”

Further details are available on the Fieldbus Foundation Web site.

Enhanced ITK 4.61 test kit available

Fieldbus Foundation has released enhanced Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) 4.61. This updated version has additional functionality expanding the scope of interoperability testing to benefit end users of FOUNDATION field bus devices.

ITK 4.61 verifies the functionality of a device with FOUNDATION fieldbus Function Block specifications. An excellent tool for troubleshooting and debugging devices, the test kit includes all hardware and software required to ensure a manufacturer’s complete device interoperability as specified by the foundation’s official registration testing procedure.

ITK 4.61 maintenance release includes minor bug fixes, expands support for additional hardware interfaces, and enhances ITK Automation Toolkit interoperability.

According to Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation product manager-fieldbus products, the enhanced test kit is the latest resource from the foundation to test and verify the interoperability of multi-vendor fieldbus systems. “The ITK 4.61 is the most powerful FOUNDATION fieldbus test kit available in the automation industry,” said Mitschke. “Implementation of this tool provides assurance that fieldbus devices are completely interoperable and able to deliver the full, robust functionality of the FOUNDATION protocol.”

Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute, the tool consists of a test engine, communication stack, and Function Block interface card. The ITK test engine executes a set of over 400 test cases that exercise the device implementation.
Also included is a Device Description (DD) viewer that allows examination and verification of a device's DD, and a conformance test procedure for the Physical Layer. As additional standard Function Blocks become available, the ITK will be upgraded with new test cases to verify these expanded implementations.

Most recently, the interoperability test suite was enhanced with an ITK Automation Tool designed to eliminate several manual intervention steps required when performing pre-registration testing of fieldbus devices. The tool improves ITK schedule efficiency and provides a direct reduction in the number of hours needed to complete the testing phase.

Fraunhofer, an internationally-recognized expert in communication and network testing software based in Karlsruhe, Germany, designed the ITK to verify a unique aspect of FOUNDATION fieldbus that makes device interoperability possible: standard Function Blocks. For a device to pass interoperability testing, it must contain a Fieldbus Foundation-registered communication "stack" that has passed conformance tests.

For more information about the ITK 4.61 test kit, contact Maggie Carlson, Fieldbus Foundation, at (512) 794-8890, ext 21, or e-mail maggie.carlson@fieldbus.org.

Biotech company hosts Fieldbus seminar

Genzyme, a leading biotech company, will host a comprehensive FOUNDATION fieldbus seminar on Nov. 3-4 in Cambridge, MA. The event will include hands-on instruction in the use of FOUNDATION fieldbus control systems, and feature presentations by leading worldwide experts in fieldbus technology.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, Tri-State University (TSU) Technology Center will conduct a workshop covering fieldbus end-user applications in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. The instructor will discuss implementation of the open, integrated FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and High Speed Ethernet (HSE) automation architecture in life sciences production environments.

The seminar will include a tour of Genzyme’s Allston Landing manufacturing facility, which includes several hundred FOUNDATION fieldbus nodes. Allston Landing is a licensed manufacturing site and part of the Therapeutics Business of Genzyme Corp. The 180,000 sq ft facility has bulk manufacturing capacity for multiple products using recombinant mammalian cell culture. Six 2,000 L bioreactors are used to produce recombinant enzyme products for the treatment of patients with specific lysosomal storage diseases. These genetic disorders are ultra-orphan diseases that affect very small patient populations.

The Allston Landing site also has a product filling and lyophilization capability for the enzymes produced there, as well as additional products manufactured at other Genzyme locations and other companies in collaboration with Genzyme. Commercial products currently produced at Allston Landing include: Cerezyme™, Fabrazyme™, Thyrogen™ and Aldurazyme™.

Catherine Cook, Genzyme’s director of communications, will introduce the Genzyme Corp. Bill Dolan P.E., principal I&C engineer who has been intimately involved with the fieldbus controls at the Allston Landing facility, will deliver a paper on Friday morning, Nov. 4, discussing the lessons learned implementing a multi-bus control system in a biotech facility, with particular emphasis on the FOUNDATION fieldbus elements.

TSU Technology Center is the newest regional training center to provide certified FOUNDATION fieldbus training courses. Located in Angola, IN, the lab is being equipped with FOUNDATION-compliant host systems and fieldbus instruments provided by Fieldbus Foundation members. The foundation is supporting the facility by creating a training curriculum for end users and training the center’s instructors.

Friday’s seminar agenda includes an overview of the Fieldbus Foundation’s global End User Councils (EUCs), presentations on Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology and fieldbus economic models, and an update on recent foundation activities around the world. Prominent end-user companies will give presentations. A panel discussion featuring seminar speakers will conclude the program.

For more information, or to register for the Genzyme seminar, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Web site.

New course explains device development process

A new Fieldbus Foundation training course, “Fieldbus Development for Project Managers,” includes a comprehensive workshop on all phases of the engineering development process for FOUNDATION fieldbus devices.

This two-day program, developed to meet the demands of manufacturers, is the first of its kind offered by the Fieldbus Foundation. Developers will be guided though the development process, setting them on the fast track to FOUNDATION fieldbus.

Program is directed to product marketing managers, engineering project managers and senior engineers responsible for specification and development of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. Attendees will acquire an understanding of:

  • FOUNDATION integrated architecture for information integration
  • How fieldbus devices fit into the integrated architecture
  • Capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices
  • Engineering development process for a FOUNDATION fieldbus device
  • Special project management requirements
  • Development and testing tools available to development engineers
  • Suppliers of FOUNDATION technology
  • Product design lifecycle of a FOUNDATION fieldbus transmitter
  • How to estimate development cost and schedule

The first session will take place at R & M Industrieservice Höchst GmbH, in Frankfurt, Germany, September 29-30, 2005. It is available to both members and non-members. Course dates for 2006 will be announced later this year. North American and international course locations are planned.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, “Since the initial release of our specifications, the demand for conformant and interoperable devices has exploded. This class will help device developers meet both the demands and expectations of their end users.”

Course instructor David Glanzer, Director of Technology Development for the foundation added, ”This is an excellent class for companies wanting a head start in the development process or to migrate to FOUNDATION fieldbus.”

For course registration information, visit the foundation’s Web site or email info@fieldbus.org.

Membership continues to grow

Fieldbus Foundation membership continues to grow as major companies such as Berthold Technologies GmbH & Co KG, Cross Point Engineering, Dynamic Fluid Measurement, Inc., and Dandong Top Electronics Instruments Co., Ltd. join the organizations getting on “the fast track to fieldbus.”

High demand for new fieldbus-based process control applications are evident across the industry as plants move from outdated proprietary systems to advanced digital platforms. ARC Advisory Group reports FOUNDATION fieldbus is the preferred fieldbus solution of process end users around the globe. Because of this, suppliers, engineers, and educational institutions are joining the foundation in support of the technology of choice.

Fieldbus Foundation membership is essential if your company is interested in FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. The foundation provides the benefits a company needs for a head start with fieldbus—regardless of skill level. We provide training and consulting services, products for guidance in the development process, device testing, and more.

Click here for more information on membership.

Learn the latest at end-user seminars

Discover the benefits of FOUNDATION fieldbus through the informative case studies presented at the Fieldbus Foundation’s end-user seminars. Events provide the latest information in fieldbus technology advancements, devices, and systems. Seminars are a great place to network and talk with fieldbus professionals from around the world.

Don’t miss out! Sign up to attend an upcoming seminar:

  • Prague, Czech Republic
    October 18, 2005
    Click here to register for this event

  • Cambridge, MA, USA
    November 3-4, 2005
    Click here to register for this event

  • Manama, Bahrain
    December 3-7, 2005
    Click here to register for this event

Sign up today for Fieldbus training

Get on the Fast Track to Fieldbus by signing up for training workshops! Fieldbus Overview and Advanced Technical Workshop will be held in Brielle, Netherlands, in November.

Course Descriptions:

  • Fieldbus Overview (Nov. 7, 2005, 1-day course) is a basic introduction to FOUNDATION fieldbus technology using a working fieldbus system. Topics covered include: fieldbus concepts, wiring, basic messaging, function blocks, and applications. Anyone interested in FOUNDATION fieldbus from an application standpoint—from end users to marketing professionals and application engineers—would benefit from attending this workshop.

  • Advanced Technical Workshop (Nov. 8-10, 2005, 3-day course) 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 function blocks. Course is intended for device developers, test engineers, and those needing a detailed knowledge of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Prerequisite: Fieldbus Overview.

Click here for more information and to register.

More Fieldbus in Brownfield, Greenfield operations

Fieldbus Foundation members are reporting a sustained increase in FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications for Brownfield and Greenfield operations globally. End-user requirements are steadily driving market demand for the capabilities of fieldbus control systems.

Adopting FOUNDATION technology has been simplified by new, improved ITK interoperability tools and the growing availability of certified fieldbus training courses around the world.

Click here to learn more about the latest fieldbus end-users installation.

European EUC meets in Prague

“Prague 2005”, the European Fieldbus Foundation End User Council (EUC) meeting, is set to take place in Prague, Czech Republic this fall.

“Prague 2005” follows the extremely successful 2004 Budapest event, and promises to be another excellent gathering. The meeting will bring together international and local FOUNDATION fieldbus experts to share experiences with participants. Those seeking more information about FOUNDATION fieldbus will have an opportunity to speak with leading fieldbus authorities. Attendees should bring along application and technology questions.

“Prague 2005” offers end-user presentations from diverse industries across Europe and tabletop exhibits of vendors demonstrating their FOUNDATION fieldbus products.

The meeting is scheduled for Oct. 18th at the Top Hotel Praha, Blažimská 1781/4, 149 00 Prag 4—Chodov, Czech Republic.

Click here for more information or to register to attend this event.

Emerson launches online PlantWeb® University in Chinese

A Chinese-language version of Emerson Process Management’s global online PlantWeb® University is now available to help users understand, evaluate, and apply the latest process automation technology by studying at home.

The Chinese-language version features an easy-to-use interface and provides access to 46 courses and 5 white papers on the most current automation technology and business topics. Chinese users will study the same sequence of short courses and complete a quiz following each course in the same way as English-version users. Users accumulate award points each time they complete a quiz; points are redeemable for a range of gifts.

PlantWeb University engineering and business school courses help industry professionals evaluate technologies and their impact on plant performance. The business school courses focus on improving plant profitability and reducing costs by increasing operating efficiencies and streamlining maintenance. Courses include: Introduction to Overall Equipment Effectiveness, Understanding Maintenance Strategies, Online Monitoring to Reduce Costs, and Implementing Improved Work Practices.

Engineering school courses explore automation technologies such as FOUNDATION™ fieldbus and HART® communications, and help technical personnel identify profit-improvement opportunities, select and apply networking protocols, and reduce capital and engineering costs. Topics covered include: Project Engineering Standards, Field Level Networks, Fieldbus Communications, Choosing a Host System, Interoperability, Reliability, and Redundancy, Networking Options, and Intrinsic Safety.

Since its introduction in 2002, PlantWeb University has provided practical, real-world information to help thousands of industry users around the world understand and evaluate new ways to improve project, process, and plant performance. Because new technologies continue to emerge at a rapid rate, mystery and misinformation abound. Customers need to understand, select, and apply those technologies that will improve and sustain operations. PlantWeb University will continue to expand and enrich course offerings that objectively present relevant information.

The Chinese-language version of online PlantWeb University, first launched in Jan. 2004, has attracted thousands visitors and students. The new, more user-friendly version makes learning more effective and is the first Internet website to offer in-depth fieldbus training and provide education on using automation technologies to improve plant profitability.

The University is free. In the convenience of a few minutes per course, users can learn the latest technology and information of process automation even at home. The schedule is user-definable, flexible, and easy.

Click here to register to use the new Chinese PlantWeb University.

ABB sanitary magmeters enter U.S. market

ABB Instrumentation has expanded its comprehensive line of FOUNDATION fieldbus flow measurement products introducing its FXE4000 electromagnetic flowmeter to the U.S. market. The magnetic flowmeter lets users measure flow applications in the food & beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech industries from the simplest to the most extreme. FXE4000 offers universal applicability for measuring all conductive liquids and provides unsurpassed performance in a cost-effective package.

The flowmeter primary body can be adapted to existing connection types using threaded adapters, such as weld stubs, tri-clamps, or male threads. Wafer and flanged designs are also available. Variable connection concept with a common basic flowmeter body simplifies inventory; only one meter body needs to be stocked for use with various connection applications. Universal applicability of the FXE4000 with FOUNDATION fieldbus offers a universal, high-performing system for all flow measurements of conductive liquids, allowing users to minimize spare parts while lowering the total cost of ownership.

To locate a sales office near you, click here to visit the ABB Web site, or call 1-800-829-6001.

Emerson automates China petrochemical complex

Emerson recently completed a digital automation project at Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Co.’s $2.7-billion, 10-plant ethylene cracker complex.

The complex selected Emerson in 2003 as its digital automation partner for the installation, one of the largest integrated petrochemical complexes in China. Emerson installed PlantWeb digital architecture throughout SECCO, which contains 47,000 control loops, 40,000 instruments, and some 13,000 intelligent devices networked in the world's largest FOUNDATION fieldbus installation.

The complex will annually produce 900,000 tons of ethylene and more than 2 million tons of other related petrochemical products used in the plastics and synthetics industries. The ethylene cracker, SECCO's core plant in the complex, is the largest in China and one of the largest in the world.

SECCO used Emerson engineering and project management expertise to integrate and coordinate multiple suppliers, enabling completion of the complex—from bare ground to a fully functional world-class facility—in just 27 months, three months ahead of schedule. Startup of the ethylene cracker plant in March 2005 took just 10 hours, 45 minutes, a world record, according to SECCO, for a project of this magnitude.

For more information about PlantWeb, click here to visit the Emerson Web site.

Custom training meets industry needs

The Fieldbus Center at Lee College (Baytown, TX) is becoming the premier site for customized training for industries moving to FOUNDATION fieldbus. Use of a modular curriculum makes any course offered by the Fieldbus Center readily and rapidly adaptable to meet a company’s specific training and development needs. The Center can incorporate a company’s equipment or software into a course to provide a company with the best value for its training dollars.

The Fieldbus Center’s approach to training helps students put the power of FOUNDATION fieldbus at their fingertips. Its collection of products (devices, hosts, and software from leading vendors in the industrial automation world) combined with the emphasis on intensive hands-on skills that it incorporates into its classes, lets the facility offer a truly vendor-neutral environment. Students learn the basics of fieldbus and gain valuable experience with the specific systems and devices they will be applying locally.

Click here to find out more.

NI supplies configuration tools to China project

National Instruments NI-FBUS Configurator software and PCMCIA-FBUS cards played a significant role in fieldbus instrument configuration at the $4.3 billion CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Limited (CSPC) complex in Nanhai, China. One of the world’s largest FOUNDATION fieldbus projects, the installation is currently in the commissioning phase, with start-up scheduled for end of the year.

Interoperability is a major strength of the NI-FBUS Configurator software. It works well with FOUNDATION fieldbus devices from different vendors. The Nanhai project employs more than 15,000 fieldbus devices from multiple instrument vendors, making interoperability between configurator and devices a critical factor in the success of the automation system. In addition, NI-FBUS Configurator was also used for device diagnostics and calibration.

Using the PCMCIA-FBUS interface cards and NI-FBUS Configurator software, engineers turned laptop computers into a portable configuration and diagnostics solution, an especially useful measure in environments where accessibility is limited and carrying bulky equipment to and fro is inconvenient or even impossible.

Click here for more information from the NI Web site, or e-mail fieldbus.support@ni.com

MTL Relcom: Tell your story, win a tester

Have you used an MTL Relcom FBT-3 fieldbus tester to diagnose and fix a fieldbus physical layer problem? MTL Relcom would like to hear your story.

Each month, the company will give away a new FBT-6 fieldbus tester to the report it determines to be the most interesting one received. FBT-6 enables users to monitor noise in three bands to help identify its source. The instrument stores results and downloads them to a PC with a USB port certification, allowing it to be used in hazardous areas, usually without the need for a gas clearance certificate.

MTL Relcom has been involved in fieldbus diagnostics since the late 1990s. The FBT-3 fieldbus tester has become a standard for fieldbus H1 test equipment, and the company has received considerable feedback from users on how they have successfully used the device to diagnose and fix fieldbus communication problems. The overall experience has been that after successfully commissioning fieldbus segments, the system operates with a minimum of maintenance requirements.

E-mail your experience of how you diagnosed and fixed a fieldbus physical layer problem to: fieldbusdiagnostics@mtl-inst.com

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