Welcome to the 69th 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
Fieldbus advancements featured at ISA Expo 2005
Multi-vendor demonstration shows EDDL enhancements
Shanghai named as site of 2006 General Assembly
New version of Device Description Developer toolkit released
Training courses put companies on the "Fast track to Fieldbus"
Major companies added to membership roll
Project managers attend Device Development workshop in Germany
ABB sets 'Automation World 2006' date, location
Emerson to automate major GE Healthcare expansion project
P+F launches Website for FieldConnex fieldbus solutions
Turck provides shielding guidelines for fieldbus cable
A new, interactive exhibit spotlighting the entire suite of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology was displayed at ISA Expo 2005 at Chicago's McCormick Place last month. ISA attendees saw what fieldbus has to offer from Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) enhancements to comprehensive systems integration with diagnostics, predictive, and analysis technology.
Visitors to the Fieldbus Foundation booth interacted with leading automation suppliers and learned about a broad range of FOUNDATION fieldbus business solutions. Information was 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 met experts from the field who discussed why FOUNDATION technology is being increasingly adopted by diverse installations around the globe.
Organizations participating in the Fieldbus Foundation booth included: 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.
Click here to view all the presentation given at ISA.
Fieldbus Foundation unveiled a multi-vendor demonstration of Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) enhancements at ISA Expo 2005 in Chicago last month. Implemented in millions of installed instruments around the world, EDDL technology is the process industry standard for ensuring that information about intelligent field devices is consistently available to operators, engineers, and maintenance technicians.
The EDDL demonstration presented leading automation suppliers implementing enhanced Electronic Device Description (EDD) features in their host systems and field devices. The technology's backward compatibility enables true device and subsystem interoperability. Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Siemens, and Smar participated.
EDDL is a text-based language describing the digital communication characteristics of intelligent devices and equipment parameters in an operating system (OS) and user interface (UI)-neutral environment. EDDL lets a host system manufacturer create one engineering environment capable of supporting any device from any supplier using any communications protocol, without custom software drivers for each device type.
EDDL specifications of the Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, and Profibux Nutzerorganisation e.V. are unified in the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61804-2 international standard. Enhancements are the result of a collaborative project of these organizations and the OPC Foundation with the support of their respective member companies.
According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, EDDL technology is gaining momentum throughout the automation-supplier and end-user communities. "Since its introduction in 1994, EDDL has been the technology-of-choice for those seeking an open, interoperable digital control solution," said Timoney. "It is still the right choice for the industry today. EDDL provides the freedom to choose best-in-class automation products, delivers the power to integrate devices to achieve optimum control strategies, and enables easy and safe system upgrades. EDD files created for millions of different instruments are fully compatible without the need for upgrades, revisions, or patches of any kind."
He added, "EDDL's robust performance has been proven in mission-critical control applications, and is evident in millions of installed device nodes. No other intelligent device technology rivals its level of global market acceptance."
The EDDL display unit at the ISA Expo consisted of an asset management system and a handheld communicator, each interacting with several pressure transmitters, a temperature transmitter, and a machinery health transmitter. The technology demonstration included displays incorporating images, graphs, and charts enabling the diagnosis, calibration, and configuration of complex devices.
With EDDL, device developers do not need to design and program a graphic display system to run under a variety of platforms and environments. Instead, they can use common graphic display capabilities provided by EDDL commands. Many host systems today already implement EDDL-based graphic display systems, giving devices using the extended EDDL a common look and feel with existing devices and permitting uniform integration, configuration, operation, diagnostics, and maintenance.
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.
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Fieldbus Foundation will hold its annual General Assembly in Shanghai, China, next year. The 2006 event, scheduled for Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, will address the needs of the expanding FOUNDATION fieldbus market in China and Asia/Pacific, and will feature an end-user-oriented agenda that includes user case studies, technical training workshops, and tabletop exhibits. It will also include Fieldbus Foundation's annual business meeting.
Shanghai was chosen because of the high level of fieldbus technology adoption by China's burgeoning industrial sector. It is a key center for international trade and is located in one of China's fastest growing economic regions. China is also the site of several large FOUNDATION fieldbus installations, including the SECCO and Nanhai petrochemical complexes.
According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, the 2006 General Assembly will highlight the strong demand for FOUNDATION fieldbus-based control solutions across the developing Pacific Rim. He said, "Study results from the ARC Advisory Group show that FOUNDATION fieldbus is now the preferred technology for new fieldbus projectswhether they be Greenfield or retrofitregardless of their size. In China, Singapore, and other areas of Asia/Pacific, FOUNDATION fieldbus is the industry standard technology specified for new plant automation projects."
Timoney continued, "FOUNDATION technology has made major inroads in China's fast-growing manufacturing industries. Chinese fieldbus projects account for a significant share of all fieldbus installations worldwide. Therefore, Shanghai is a perfect location for this year's General Assembly."
The 2006 General Assembly will begin with a welcome reception the evening of February 28th. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas for implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus with industry professionals and technology experts.
The General Assembly program will feature workshops for process control vendors, end users, and contractors, focusing on key issues of plant-wide integration with FOUNDATION fieldbus. Attendees will receive information about fieldbus installations and advancements and user case studies demonstrating the benefits of the technology. Throughout the event, member companies will display FOUNDATION fieldbus field devices and host systems in tabletop exhibits.
Watch for the full General Assembly agenda in the near future. For more information, or to register, visit www.fieldbus.org.
Fieldbus Foundation has released AT-400 Device Description Tokenizer Toolkit Version 5.0 and AT-401 Device Description Services Toolkit Version 5.0. The toolkits enable instrumentation manufacturers to read and generate Device Description (DD) files for distribution with a FOUNDATION fieldbus device, and use new Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology extensions in their fieldbus product development projects.
DD technology gives end users access to vivid graphs for comparative capabilities like valve signatures, and charts for trending, without the need for proprietary software drivers. Visualization features of EDDL are derived from the superset specification of the descriptive technology language currently shared by the Fieldbus Foundation, Hart Communication Foundation and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V.
Toolkits are delivered as a defined subset of the IEC 61804-2 "EDDL" standard. Customers benefit from open, uniform configuration; easy setup; improved operation; expanded diagnostics; and maintenance features that bring a multi-vendor, interoperable environment to the end users. They offer one Electronic Device Description (EDD) for all hosts and Operating System (OS) platforms and built-in revision control managed by Fieldbus Foundation.
DD Tokenizer checks for syntax or logical errors in DD source files, converts DD source files into the DD binary file format, and issues messages to help trace and correct errors. Tokenizer ensures interoperability by interlocking redefinition of information imported from standard DDs. For example, it prevents redefinition of a floating-point-type variable as an integer-type variable, or deleting a parameter from a standard function block.
DD Tokenizer Kit 5.0 supports enhanced EDDL language elements and includes the new DD Super Viewer that simplifies the device development process by providing access to the generated DD binary for testing and verification. DD Super Viewer supports direct rendering of new extensions, including enhanced dialogs, images, graphs, and charts.
Fieldbus Foundation's AT-401 Device Description Services Toolkit Version 5.0 is a comprehensive source code library helps controls suppliers decode DD binaries and access DD information. It includes all FOUNDATION Fieldbus standard blocks and provides consistent presentation of data for all devices to make it easier to develop DD based applications.
AT-401 toolkit is compatible with DD binaries generated by the DD Tokenizer 4.x and 5.x. Compatibility with DD Tokenizer 4.x ensures continued support for the existing installed base of DDs while enabling support of the new language extensions in future devices. Forward and backward compatibility is ensured by EDDL's leadership role and commitment to existing DD technology's binaries generated by the DD Tokenizer 4.x and 5.x products.
Both toolkits are available to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members.
Get on the Fast Track to Fieldbus by signing up for training workshops! Fieldbus Overview and Advanced Technical Workshop will be held in Austin, TX, in December.
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 standpointfrom end users to marketing professionals and application engineerswould 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 detailed knowledge of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Prerequisite: Fieldbus Overview.
Both workshops will be held in Austin, Texas, USA:
Click here for more information and to register.
Fieldbus Foundation membership continues to grow. Young Tech and Kerpen have joined other industry leaders realizing the business advantages of implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus.
Demand for new fieldbus-based process control applications is increasing as plants move from proprietary systems to advanced digital platforms. ARC Advisory Group reports FOUNDATION fieldbus is the preferred fieldbus solution of process end users around the globe.
Fieldbus Foundation membership gives companies the benefits they need for a head start with the technology-regardless of skill level. Training and consulting services, products for guidance in the development process, device testing, and more, are provided.
Click here for more information on membership.
The first Fieldbus Device Development Workshop for Project Managers took place in Frankfurt, Germany in September. The new workshop provides an overview of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology, a description of the device engineering process, and cost estimates for an example device.
According to the Fieldbus Foundation's director of technology development, Dave Glanzer, the workshop is designed to give students a head start on fieldbus device development initiatives. Many leading controls manufacturers, including ABB, Hans Turck, Endress+Hauser, MTL, Softing, and Westlock, attended the day-and-a-half course to learn about the phases of the engineering development process for a FOUNDATION fieldbus device.
"I found this workshop to be very helpful to me in my capacity of managing a FOUNDATION fieldbus device design activity," said attendee Vijaykumar Soni, Sr., software engineer for Westlock Controls. "I learned how to calculate financial requirements, lay out a development timeline, and establish the logistical planning of technical resources. These areas are not well documented within the industry, and without this workshop, I would not have had the benefit of the high degree of expertise provided by the training."
Vijaykumar added, "I expect this training to pay off handsomely in terms of improved efficiency, and a better understanding of the non-technical aspects of the development of fieldbus devices. I recommend this workshop to anyone in the fieldbus device design management arena."
Fieldbus Device Development Workshop for Project Managers covers:
The workshop is directed at product marketing managers, engineering project managers, and senior engineers responsible for specification and development of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices.
Those interested in attending should email the Fieldbus Foundation.
ABB's 2006 Automation World Users' Conference and Exhibition will be held May 9-12, 2006, at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston, TX. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in user- and ABB-presented technical sessions demonstrating how ABB's automation solutions deliver measurable results, and to discuss practical applications of new and existing technologies.
"ABB Automation World is an exciting opportunity to bring a broad cross-section of ABB customers, channel partners, and employees together under the same roof," said Dinesh Paliwal, chairman and CEO of ABB Inc. and head of group operations in North America. "Our customers were very enthusiastic about what they experienced and learned at this year's conference. The combination of formal information exchange and hands-on demonstration is an important tool for strengthening stakeholder relationships within our industry. We are pleased to invite our customers and channel partners to join us in Houston for ABB Automation World 2006."
ABB's largest Americas-region customer event is designed for automation users in engineering, mill, plant, and general management in industries such as chemical, oil and gas, consumer and pharmaceutical, metals, mining and minerals, pulp and paper, and utilities.
Click here for more information about ABB Automation World Users Conference and Exhibition 2006.
GE Healthcare has chosen Emerson Process Management to be a working partner in a major new project to increase the production capacity at its Lindesnes plant in Norway. Faster time-to-market, easier validation, and operations excellence based on real-time diagnostics in smart field devices led to Emerson's selection.
Emerson is developing the automation solution and managing the project at the facility. It is installing its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with the DeltaV digital automation system and FOUNDATION fieldbus digital communications technology. Value to Emerson is estimated at $3.5 million.
"We have chosen to continue with fieldbus technology based on our positive experiences following its implementation in one of our new factories," said Roy Tråne, GE Healthcare engineer responsible for the Lindesnes plant project." The bus technology provides a cost-effective solution with faster and more efficient start-up. We can also see significant longer-term benefits from the diagnostics available from the intelligent field devices."
Emerson's scope of supply includes project management, configuration, and start-up. The PlantWeb digital approach will include Rosemount® measurement instruments, Micro Motion® Coriolis flowmeters, Rosemount Analytical instruments, and Fisher® valves with Fieldvue® digital valve controllers. The company's AMS suite, Intelligent Device Manager, will monitor diagnostics delivered by field devices and provide alerts and guidance for maintenance.
Click here for more information.
Pepperl+Fuchs has introduced FieldConnex.infoa newly redesigned Website dedicated to fieldbus solutions, products, and technology. Site offers simple, easy navigation and educational resource materials, including free downloadable literature and educational white papers.
It contains links to related standards organizations, industry associations, higher education facilities, and solutions providers. In addition, an "Ask the Expert" section gives visitors an opportunity to ask questions, and promises a response within one business day.
Pepperl+Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and application of high-quality process automation products and services, and provider of hazardous area technology from intrinsic safety to purge and pressurization, on-line corrosion monitoring, and fieldbus.
Proper grounding techniques are necessary when using the three-conductor FOUNDATION fieldbus cables to avoid noise issues that may effect H1 segment operation. Noise occurs on the ground conductor when cable is not properly terminated and can induce noise on the signal lines that affects H1 segment operation.
When using three-conductor cable, the green/yellow conductor should be terminated using proper grounding practices.
Turck cable types with a green/yellow ground conductor:
Two-conductor cables are also available that meet all the minimum requirements for FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications, as required by ANSI/ISA-S50.02-1992.
Turck cable types without a ground conductor:
All Turck cables have either a foil/braid shield or foil shield to provide maximum noise attenuation if proper grounding practices are followed.
The system-grounding scheme should be reviewed on all systems installed using three-conductor cable and experiencing noise issues affecting segment operation. If the green/yellow conductor is not terminated properly, at a minimum it should be tied with the shield wire for the segment going from the H1 termination at the master out to the first junction or field termination point.
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