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Fieldbus is the choice

Fieldbus at ISA Expo

Life sciences seminar

Fall training

Berthold joins Foundation

Training alliance formed

ABB passes HIST

Emerson interface

Honeywell Experion R300

Moore buys Hawke line

MTL-Relcom power supply

P+F installation guide

October 2005 – Volume 6, Number 8

Welcome to the 68th 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 (Austin, Tex.) and its members. The foundation is an international, not-for-profit corporation—consisting of more than 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies and end-users worldwide—dedicated to providing the industry with the "Freedom to Choose" and the "Power to Integrate." For more news and information about registered FOUNDATION fieldbus products, click here.


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HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS ISSUE

Study says FOUNDATION fieldbus is 'technology of choice'
A new market research study conducted by the Fieldbus Foundation shows FOUNDATION fieldbus is a technology of choice for a wide range of plant automation applications. Read More

ISA Expo 2005 spotlights latest Fieldbus advancements
FOUNDATION fieldbus technology will be spotlighted in a new, interactive exhibit at ISA Expo 2005 in Chicago, IL, USA, Oct. 25-27. Read More

Seminar covers life sciences industry applications
An upcoming FOUNDATION fieldbus seminar includes hands-on instruction in the use of FOUNDATION fieldbus control systems and features presentations by experts in fieldbus technology. Read More

Fieldbus training for November, December
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 and in Austin, TX, in December. Read More

Berthold Technologies GmbH & Co KG joins Foundation
Berthold Technologies is the latest company to join the Fieldbus Foundation and participate in the rapidly growing fieldbus market. Read More

TSU Tech Center, ICE-Pros Inc. form training alliance
Tri-State University and ICE-Pros Inc. have formed an alliance to develop a Certified Great Lakes FOUNDATION fieldbus training center. Read More

ABB System 800xA completes interoperability test
ABB's System 800xA has successfully completed the updated FOUNDATION fieldbus Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST). Read More

Emerson Fieldbus interface improves monitoring, control
Any plant can use FOUNDATION fieldbus strengths for online asset management and control with the latest release of the Rosemount® 3240 Fieldbus Interface Module (FIM) from Emerson Process Management. Read More

Honeywell Experion R300 adds capacity
Honeywell's Experion R300 accommodates all types of fieldbus process control projects. The new Series C Fieldbus Interface Module (FIM) offers improved performance and system capacity, providing four H1 links, doubling the per-module link count, and reducing the number of FIMs required on any given project. Read More

Moore acquires Hawke Fieldbus line
Moore Industries-International Inc. has agreed to acquire Hawke International's line of industry-first FOUNDATION fieldbus/Profibus PA device couplers and power supplies. Read More

MTL-Relcom launches power supply
MTL-Relcom's new F800 Series is a significant step forward in the design of high-density fieldbus power supplies. Read More

Pepperl+Fuchs offers new installation guide
Pepperl+Fuchs' comprehensive guide to installation technology for FOUNDATION fieldbus provides detailed benefits, technical data, and function information for the FieldConnex™ family of fieldbus solutions. Read More

Study says FOUNDATION fieldbus is 'technology of choice'

A new market research study conducted by the Fieldbus Foundation shows FOUNDATION fieldbus is a technology of choice for a wide range of plant automation applications. According to the study, by mid-year 2005, more than 550,000 fieldbus devices and 9,000 fieldbus systems were in service, delivering business benefits to end users around the world.

Based on public records, the study indicated that FOUNDATION fieldbus is taking a mainstream position in facilities design specifications, and gaining acceptance by handling many design requirements in process and hybrid-batch installations and pulling peripheral interest through industry transfer applications.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, FOUNDATION fieldbus is attracting end users, EP&C groups, and developers interested in EDDL, High Speed Ethernet, Flexible Function Blocks, Safety Instrumented Systems, and other key developments. "The latest research findings demonstrate an ongoing trend in the automation industry, with plants replacing outdated proprietary control systems with open, interoperable fieldbus control strategies," said Timoney. "End users are realizing tangible business benefits from control in the field and other unique capabilities of the technology."

FOUNDATION fieldbus delivers real results through improved control performance, intelligent device diagnostics, and systems using integrated architecture solutions, added Timoney.

Click here for information on FOUNDATION fieldbus installations.

ISA Expo 2005 spotlights latest Fieldbus advancements

FOUNDATION fieldbus technology will be spotlighted in a new, interactive exhibit at ISA Expo 2005 in Chicago, IL, USA, Oct. 25-27. The display will show ISA attendees what fieldbus has to offer, from Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) enhancements to comprehensive systems integration with diagnostics and predictive and analysis technology.

Visitors can stop by the Fieldbus Foundation booth (#426) to interact with automation suppliers and discover the broad range of FOUNDATION fieldbus business solutions. Information will be available for those seeking answers to OpEx challenges on a truly global scale, developing devices for the fieldbus market, or implementing Brownfield or Greenfield projects.

At the new FOUNDATION fieldbus Technology Center, attendees can talk to experts in the field and find out why the adoption of FOUNDATION technology is rising in installations around the globe. Bring your application questions, challenges, or ideas, and fieldbus experts will be available for short consultations on a space-available basis.

Organizations participating in the Fieldbus Foundation booth include: ABB, Dynisco, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Lee College Fieldbus Center, Flowserve, Hirschmann, Honeywell, ICE-Pros Inc., Invensys, ISE-MagTech, Magnetrol, Mettler Toledo, MooreHawke, MTL/Relcom, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Samson, Siemens, Smar, Softing, StoneL, Topworx, Tri-State University (TSU), Turck, Westlock, Yamatake, and Yokogawa.

To obtain a free visitor's pass to ISA EXPO 2005, click here, then enter code W19137.

Seminar covers life sciences industry applications

An upcoming FOUNDATION fieldbus seminar includes hands-on instruction in the use of FOUNDATION fieldbus control systems and features presentations by experts in fieldbus technology. The event is scheduled for Nov. 3-4 in Cambridge, MA, and is hosted by Genzyme, a leading biotech company.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, Tri-State University (TSU) Technology Center will conduct a workshop at the Genzyme facility covering fieldbus end-user applications in the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. Located in Angola, IN, TSU Technology Center is the latest addition to the list of regional training centers providing certified FOUNDATION fieldbus training courses. The workshop will describe implementation of open, integrated FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and High Speed Ethernet (HSE) automation architecture in life sciences production environments.

A reception is scheduled following the workshop on the evening of Nov. 3. Thursday's activities also include an optional 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. Coach transfer from the Genzyme Center to Allston and lunch in the Genzyme cafeteria are included. Space is limited. Attendees are encouraged to register early.

On Friday, Nov. 4, the agenda will include an overview of the Fieldbus Foundation's global End User Councils (EUCs), presentations on Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology and fieldbus economic models, an update on recent foundation activities around the world, and presentations by end-user companies. Bill Dolan, P.E., principal I&C engineer who has been intimately involved with the fieldbus controls at Allston Landing, will discuss lessons learned implementing a multi-bus control system in a biotech facility.

The program will conclude with a panel discussion with seminar speakers.

To register for this seminar, click here and download the registration form.

Click here to view the agenda.

Fieldbus training for November, December

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 and in Austin, TX, in December.

Course Descriptions:

Fieldbus Overview 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 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. This course is intended for device developers, test engineers, and those needing a detailed knowledge of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Prerequisite: Fieldbus Overview.

Workshop location/dates:

Brielle, Netherlands

  • Fieldbus Overview — November 7
  • Advanced Technical — November 8-10

Austin, TX

  • Fieldbus Overview — December 5
  • Advanced Technical Workshop — December 6-8

Click here for more information and to register.

Berthold Technologies GmbH & Co KG joins Foundation

Berthold Technologies is the latest company to join the Fieldbus Foundation and participate in the rapidly growing fieldbus market.

In operation more than 50 yr, Berthold Technologies is headquartered in Bad Wildbad, Germany, and has offices around the world. It is a leading manufacturer of radiometric measurement systems for process control, particularly in the chemical and petrochemical, steel, and food industries. The company plans to develop FOUNDATION fieldbus devices used in level and density measurement applications.

Click here to visit the company Web site and learn more about Berthold Technologies.

TSU Tech Center, ICE-Pros Inc. form training alliance

Tri-State University and ICE-Pros Inc. have formed an alliance to develop a Certified Great Lakes FOUNDATION fieldbus training center. In March 2005, the Fieldbus Foundation established the Great Lakes Regional FOUNDATION fieldbus training center at Tri-State University's Technology Center (TSU Tech Center).

"Our commitment is to provide top notch practical fieldbus training at TSU Tech before the end of this calendar year," said Denny Springer, TSU director of continuing education. "This is the next step in delivering that product."

The classroom laboratory will enable students to gain a thorough understanding of the theory and application of fieldbus technology. A fully modular pilot plant will provide a hands-on environment representative of regional industries—in particular, pharmaceuticals, alternative energy, electric utilities, and traditional refining—capable of using fieldbus technology.

Solicitation of equipment for constructing the TSU Tech Center laboratory and pilot plant is in progress. The goal is to incorporate the latest H1 and HSE FOUNDATION fieldbus technology in portable modules for transportation to customer and regional training sites. In addition, the alliance is structured to provide system integration testing with other non-real-time archival and maintenance systems.

"Knowledge is necessary to take advantage of the economic opportunities made possible by FOUNDATION fieldbus technology," remarked Springer. "It benefits manufacturers by enabling them to build integrated digital control systems and thus minimize lifecycle costs of a facility. Our associated modern modular pilot plant facility will be an excellent platform to train process operators and maintenance technicians of the future."

Tri-State University President Dr. Earl Brooks noted, "Delivery and adoption of the most advanced automation technology will position the TSU Technology Center to meet its mission of supporting and developing the people in the Great Lakes region, and through distance learning, centers beyond the region as well."

ICE-Pros Inc. Director Ian Verhappen will join the staff at TSU Tech as an industrial expert and instructor for fieldbus programs. "I look forward to sharing knowledge about FOUNDATION fieldbus with others, while providing an opportunity to work with the excellent team at TSU, and in the process, learn more about the technology and stretch its possibilities," said Verhappen. "This alliance is consistent with and an extension of the personal passion I have for fieldbus, as demonstrated by the numerous publications of books, papers, trade journal columns, the AG-181 Fieldbus Engineering Guide, and forthcoming economic model that I have authored."

"We are pleased to have someone of Ian's caliber and industrial background assist us in the development of this new activity at our facility," said John Pittman, TSU board of trustees chair and former president of the Fieldbus Foundation. "The combination of industrial experience and close relationship between TSU Tech, the university engineering school, and our business incubator provides a unique environment to assist with the adoption of fieldbus technology in the life sciences, alternate energy, and plastics sectors."

Click here to learn more. Or click here to email Denny Springer for more information.

ABB System 800xA completes interoperability test

ABB's System 800xA has successfully completed the updated FOUNDATION fieldbus Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST). The comprehensive HIST program ensures that a supplier's host system incorporates the robust functionality of FOUNDATION technology and is able to perform as part of an interoperable fieldbus control system.

The Fieldbus Foundation recently expanded the scope of the HIST test to include additional criteria, such as HSE support and device replacement. System 800xA was the first equipment to be tested under the expanded procedure.

"The standardization of interoperability, as promoted through FOUNDATION fieldbus programs like HIST, provides an invaluable service to the automation industry," said Mark Taft, senior vice president, systems marketing, ABB Inc. "Customers want and need to maximize productivity using existing assets; our charter as automation suppliers is to provide solutions, like System 800xA Extended Automation, that help them do exactly that."

System 800xA extends the scope of traditional control systems to include all automation functions in one operations and engineering environment so that plants/mills can run smarter and better at substantial cost savings. Its reach extends beyond essential process control to production management, safety, smart instrumentation, smart drives and motor control, information management, asset optimization, simulation and documentation. System 800xA's engineering environment manages one set of consistent data for single-point entry, single-point change, and re-use across the plant.

Click here to learn more.

Emerson Fieldbus interface improves monitoring, control

Any plant can use FOUNDATION fieldbus strengths for online asset management and control with the latest release of the Rosemount® 3240 Fieldbus Interface Module (FIM) from Emerson Process Management. Rosemount FIM is designed for users in facilities without fieldbus I/O and enables installation of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices with any host system. This capability extends the benefits of PlantWeb® digital architecture to existing plants.

Rosemount 3420 provides access to predictive diagnostic information from fieldbus devices, enabling asset management and performance optimization within the AMS™ Suite: Intelligent Device Manager software. For example, users can add AMS Snap-on™ applications such as AMS ValveLink® for continuous monitoring of digital valve health, allowing predictive maintenance and avoiding abnormal situations. FIM also allows control-in-the-field using peer-to-peer communications between fieldbus devices.

Automating with fieldbus devices for temperature and machinery monitoring, and for monitoring smaller discrete areas of process automation in the plant, can be improved using the Rosemount 3420; included are flare automation, remote loading/unloading docks, or metering stations.

Click here for more information from the Emerson Web site.

Honeywell Experion R300 adds capacity

Honeywell's Experion R300 accommodates all types of fieldbus process control projects. The new Series C Fieldbus Interface Module (FIM) offers improved performance and system capacity, providing four H1 links, doubling the per-module link count, and reducing the number of FIMs required on any given project.

A redundant FIM configuration is available. Networked modules reside on Honeywell's patented Fault Tolerant Ethernet (FTE) network-an advanced networking system that delivers greater system availability and security. Robust and redundant FTE design reduces commissioning and maintenance costs by using well-known networking protocols and standard off-the-shelf Ethernet equipment.

Series C FIM supports up to 500 links per server. Each Experion fieldbus link allows up to 16 device connections so that Experion R300 can handle up to 8,000 field devices-from valves to sensors to temperature transmitters-per server.

Multiple Experion servers can be seamlessly integrated with Honeywell's Distributed System Architecture technology to support large distributed plants and let operators view data from multiple locations. More fieldbus links per server makes Experion R300 cost competitive, and seamless device interoperability testing ensures that fieldbus devices work as intended with Experion.

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

Moore acquires Hawke Fieldbus line

Moore Industries-International Inc. has agreed to acquire Hawke International's line of industry-first FOUNDATION fieldbus/Profibus PA device couplers and power supplies.

Now marketed under the name MooreHawke, the automatic segment termination and split-architecture I.S. power supplies will join Moore Industries' existing line of distributed I/O, temperature sensors, transmitters, alarm trips, and signal conditioners to provide application options for system integrators, DCS vendors, and fieldbus customers.

"MooreHawke provides DCS suppliers with the ability to offer their customers Moore Industries' reputation for reliable manufacturing, distribution, and service, united with Hawke's technological advantages in digital device couplers and power supplies for FOUNDATION fieldbus and Profibus applications, " said Leonard Moore, Moore Industries' founder and CEO. "DCS suppliers will now have much more to offer when selling to plant engineers and plant managers," he added.

Leveraging each company's strengths lets Moore Industries offer a wider range of interface solutions that include the MooreHawke Trunkguard®, the first device coupler to provide fully automatic segment termination. This patented technology prevents fieldbus segment failure from under- or over-termination, a major problem in fieldbus start-ups.

For more information, click here to visit the MooreHawke section of Moore Industries Web site.

MTL-Relcom launches power supply

MTL-Relcom's new F800 Series is a significant step forward in the design of high-density fieldbus power supplies. Developed in collaboration with major fieldbus end-users, this third-generation design represents an evolution from the company's FPS Series supplies, which provide redundant power to more than 15,000 fieldbus segments world-wide.

The F800 Series achieves reliability through redundant power modules mounted on a robust, component-free module carrier. All single points of failure—including "passive" conditioning components—are eliminated; integrated alarm functions indicate bulk power or module failure. The carrier is designed for easy and secure DIN-rail mounting.

Other key benefits include a small product footprint, providing savings in equipment cabinets and services for large-scale fieldbus projects, low power dissipation, and full isolation, as specified for today's fieldbus installations. Continuous monitoring of the fieldbus physical layer is supported by an optional diagnostic module. Integrated versions of the F800 are available for use with all leading fieldbus control systems to reduce interconnection and installation costs.

For more information, e-mail Phil Saward, Fieldbus Product Manager, MTL Instruments, or telephone him at +44 1582 407272.

Pepperl+Fuchs offers new installation guide

Pepperl+Fuchs' comprehensive guide to installation technology for FOUNDATION fieldbus provides detailed benefits, technical data, and function information for the FieldConnex™ family of fieldbus solutions. These include power supplies, power conditioners, power repeaters, junction boxes, barriers, process interfaces, cables and cordsets, terminators, surge protectors and other accessories, tools, and services. The guide also highlights the FM and WIB certified segment protectors.

The guide also features an illustrated educational section that outlines fieldbus communication topology concepts. These include general purpose topology, general purpose topology with segment protection, topology for Zone 2/Class I, Div. 2 applications, topology for Zone 1/Div. 1 applications, fieldbus barrier topology for Zone 1 applications, fieldbus barrier topology for Class I, Div. 1 applications, and the high power trunk concept.

Pepperl+Fuchs' high power trunk concept allows fieldbus technology users to design segments free of power restrictions—the only limitations are the control system or the fieldbus specification itself. It also gives engineers the same benefits of power, cable length, and number of devices per segment in hazardous location applications as in general-purpose applications.

Click here to download a PDF of the guide.

For more information, click here to visit the Web site; or call Pepperl+Fuchs at 330- 486-0002 or e-mail sales@us.pepperl-fuchs.com.

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