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December 2005—Volume 6, Number 10


Welcome to the 70th 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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2005: year of progress

General Assembly location

Xi'an seminar

End-user seminar in Japan

2006 training schedule

ABB pressure transmitters

Emerson North Sea project

Fieldbus Center training class

MooreHawke device couplers

Singapore Polytechnic course


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS ISSUE

Fieldbus Foundation cites 2005 as 'Year of Progress'
Pointing to continued global expansion of and growing interest in FOUNDATION fieldbus, the Fieldbus Foundation designates 2005 as a banner year. Here are some highlights. Read More

Shanghai Ritz Carlton chosen for 2006 General Assembly
Fieldbus Foundation has selected the Ritz Carlton Portman Hotel in Shanghai, China, as the site for its 2006 General Assembly. The annual event is scheduled for Feb. 28 to Mar. 1. Fieldbus Foundation's annual business meeting will also take place at this time. Read More

Xi'an seminar demonstrates FOUNDATION fieldbus progress
More than 80 end users from various Chinese cities attended a Systems Engineering Applications seminar conducted by the Fieldbus Foundation in Xi'an, China last fall. Read More

Seminar in Japan addresses end-user considerations
More than 100 end users and engineering firms participated in a two-day seminar hosted by Fieldbus Foundation's End User Council-Japan. The event, covering fieldbus end-user installation experiences, End User Council activity, and FOUNDATION fieldbus technology updates, took place on Sept. 8-9, 2005, in Kurashiki, Japan.
Read More

Sign up now: 2006 Fieldbus training schedule available
Get on the fast track and learn all about FOUNDATION fieldbus by attending Fieldbus Foundation training sessions. The 2006 training schedule includes: Fieldbus Overview, Advanced Technical Workshop, Device Description (EDDL) Workshop, and the new Fieldbus Development for Project Managers. Read More

ABB pressure transmitters feature field-replaceable electronics
ABB's line of 2600T Series pressure transmitters offer users field replaceable "plug and play" electronics. Read More

Emerson automates North Sea offshore development
Emerson Process Management's PlantWeb® digital automation architecture with the DeltaV™ system and FOUNDATION fieldbus communications technology is being used to expand automation capabilities of the Broom development, a North Sea oil field. Read More

Fieldbus Center certifies instrumentation professionals
Fieldbus Center at Lee College now offers a one-day, certified training course for controls and instrumentation sales professionals who need a general understanding of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. Read More

MooreHawke Trunkguard: Second generation device couplers
MooreHawke device couplers from Moore Industries-International Inc., North Hills, CA, are based on IP66 field enclosures and come complete with cable glands to suit field wiring. Read More

Singapore Polytechnic offers fieldbus implementation training course
Singapore Polytechnic now offers a 1-day, certificate-based training course for technologists who need an understanding of the key concepts and capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Read More


Fieldbus Foundation cites 2005 as 'Year of Progress'

Pointing to continued global expansion of and growing interest in FOUNDATION fieldbus, the Fieldbus Foundation designates 2005 as a banner year. Here are some highlights achieved through vendor-member and end-user support:

Market growth—Research study results showed strong growth for FOUNDATION technology in the global industrial automation market. More than 550,000 FOUNDATION fieldbus-compliant devices and 9,000 fieldbus systems have been shipped or installed to date. The device count includes 18 major industrial applications installed worldwide in the previous year.

Interkama 2005—FOUNDATION fieldbus participated in this major international trade fair. A host of leading automation suppliers took part in the Fieldbus Foundation exhibit, demonstrating the momentum of the technology in key global industrial markets.

ISA Expo 2005—Fieldbus Foundation unveiled a multi-vendor demonstration of Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) enhancements in a redesigned booth. The exhibit showed how leading automation suppliers implement enhanced Electronic Device Description (EDD) features in their host systems and field devices. ISA visitors learned how the technology's backward compatibility enables device and subsystem interoperability.

EDDL technology—OPC Foundation (OPCF) joined Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation (HCF) and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. in an EDDL (Electronic Device Description Language) project. These groups formed a joint maintenance team intended to advance maintenance of Electronic Device Description (EDD) technology. The effort includes specifying compliance tests and developing a general test procedure. A steering committee made up of representatives from the four user groups will oversee the project.

NeSSI—New Sampling Sensor Initiative (NeSSI) adopted FOUNDATION fieldbus as its communications standard. FOUNDATION fieldbus for Intrinsically Safe (IS) operation has been incorporated into the NeSSI Generation II Draft Specification. After more than two years of investigation and experimentation, the Center for Process Analytical Chemistry (CPAC) and the NeSSI committee decided that the FOUNDATION fieldbus network communication architecture achieves the goals of the NeSSI project, including the need for intrinsically safe operation. Widespread acceptance of FOUNDATION fieldbus within the process industries and a broad vendor base also influenced the move. The NeSSI project aims to simplify and standardize sample system design.

James O. Gray Fieldbus Foundation scholarship—Intended for students studying instrumentation, automation, and system technology, scholarships were presented to four schools: STC (Brielle, The Netherlands), Lee College (Baytown, Texas, USA), Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), and Singapore Polytechnic (Singapore). Stipends will be awarded to outstanding students seeking a career in the industrial automation industry.

Software—Several software tools were released in 2005:

  • Interoperability Test Kit (ITK), Version 4.61, is enhanced over previous versions with added functionality that expands the scope of interoperability testing to end users of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices.
  • Device Description Tokenizer Toolkit, Version 5.0 and Device Description Services Toolkit, Version 5.0 enable instrumentation manufacturers to read and generate the Device Description (DD) files necessary for distribution with a FOUNDATION fieldbus device, and take advantage of new Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology extensions in their fieldbus product development projects.
  • High Speed Ethernet (HSE) Interoperability Test Kit (HSE ITK), Version 1.0 delivers test cases that expand the scope of interoperability testing.

Flexible Function Block demonstration/press day—ISP, a major global producer of industrial chemical products, hosted a field demonstration of FOUNDATION fieldbus High Speed Ethernet (HSE) and Flexible Function Block (FFB) technology at its Lima, Ohio, USA, 1,4-butanediol (BDO) plant. The event showed how automated and process control plants can move from outdated legacy systems to distributed fieldbus architecture. Corporate executives and engineering managers from participating Fieldbus Foundation member companies, foundation staff, and trade press representatives attended the event.

Expanded training—To meet the needs of global industrial markets adopting FOUNDATION technology, the foundation added two training sites. The certified facilities are Yanshan Simulation Training Center (operated by Sinopec Corp.) in Beijing, China, and Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, USA. Other training efforts new in 2005 include the FOUNDATION Fieldbus Seminar Program, instructional workshops planned for key locations worldwide; "Fieldbus Development for Project Managers" training course, which covers all phases of the engineering development process for FOUNDATION fieldbus devices; EDDL Workshop, which demonstrates how EDDL enables integration of field devices to achieve optimum control strategies and ensure consistency and ease-of-use when developing human interfaces across multiple systems and platforms.

Global marketingEuropean Executive Advisory Council (EEAC) was established to provide leadership for marketing activities supporting the adoption of FOUNDATION fieldbus-based products and systems by European automation equipment end users. Europe, Middle East & Africa Executive Advisory Council (EME AEAC) was formed to identify FOUNDATION fieldbus marketing initiatives.

Click here for more information about the Fieldbus Foundation.


Shanghai Ritz Carlton chosen for 2006 General Assembly

Fieldbus Foundation has selected the Ritz Carlton Portman Hotel in Shanghai, China, as the site for its 2006 General Assembly. The annual event is scheduled for Feb. 28 to Mar. 1. It features an end-user-oriented agenda that includes user case studies, technical training workshops, and tabletop exhibits. Fieldbus Foundation's annual business meeting will also take place at this time.

All members are invited to attend, as are end users, engineers, integrators, developers, and anyone else interested in the technology. Shanghai is located at the center of China's burgeoning industrial sector. The area has seen a rapid expansion of the installed base for fieldbus controls, including major projects at two large, new petrochemical complexes: SECCO and Nanhai.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, the 2006 General Assembly will provide a wealth of technical information for end users adopting FOUNDATION fieldbus-based control solutions. "The industrial market in China is setting the pace for fieldbus implementation around the world, so it's no surprise that we chose to hold our annual General Assembly in this key region," said Timoney. "The Chinese end-user community is anxious to learn more about FOUNDATION technology—for this reason, we anticipate a large attendance at our event."

The 2006 General Assembly will begin with a welcome reception the evening of February 28th. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss ideas for implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus with industry professionals and technology experts. The program will feature workshops for process control vendors, end users, and contractors, and will focus on key issues of plant-wide integration with FOUNDATION fieldbus. Attendees will receive information about fieldbus installations and advancements, and hear user case studies demonstrating the benefits of the technology. Member company tabletop exhibits will display FOUNDATION fieldbus field devices and host systems throughout the event.

Watch for more information about the General Assembly agenda and registration on the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


Xi'an seminar demonstrates FOUNDATION fieldbus progress

More than 80 end users from various Chinese cities attended a Systems Engineering Applications seminar conducted by the Fieldbus Foundation in Xi'an, China last fall. Technical experts from the Fieldbus Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation China marketing committee representatives presented the latest developments in FOUNDATION fieldbus to attendees at the Shangri-La Golden Flower Hotel on Sept. 5, 2005. Application of the technology in China was also described during the day-and-a-half-long meeting.

The seminar consisted of 12 technical presentations, including a keynote address by End-user Advisory Council (EUAC) Chairman Ian Verhappen on "Fieldbus Economics." Guoliang Wu, senior engineer for the Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Co., reported on the world's largest fieldbus installation at the SECCO plant.

Verhappen provided data on FOUNDATION fieldbus cost savings from an end-user perspective. He noted that intelligent fieldbus instruments make maintenance more efficient, reduce repetitive labor by 28%, and improve factory operational efficiency by 2%. Such benefits are driving the global adoption of FOUNDATION fieldbus in the process industries.

Jonas Berge, a technical expert from Smar, described the recent High Speed Ethernet (HSE) Flexible Function Block (FFB) Technology Demo at the ISP BDO plant in Lima, OH, USA. Said Berge, "FOUNDATION fieldbus has complete H1 low-level control networks, as well as an advanced high-speed bus and Flexible Function Blocks. The FFB application of HSE not only succeeded in a tabletop demo, but was key to system integration in the BDO application. These accomplishments demonstrate the ability of FOUNDATION fieldbus to realize interoperability in remote I/O systems based on Ethernet without using other buses or systems."

Berge added, "FOUNDATION technology also addresses issues such as discrete control, uniform network environment, network control interoperability, batch integration, and logic and sequence programming control."

In his presentation, "Applications of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Control Technology in Shanghai SECCO 900ktpa Ethylene Project," Guoliang Wu said, "Shanghai SECCO is the largest fieldbus project in the world, with 54,025 devices installed to date. The project includes 48,200 control loops and 2,473 device segments. This extraordinarily large ethylene project was debugged only once in a short period of time, and then put into commercial operation. It fully proves the advantage of using FOUNDATION fieldbus."

Wu elaborated on SECCO's real-world experiences using fieldbus technology, such as arranging segments; designing a Link Active Scheduler (LAS); and installing and validating correct grounding.

The seminar also provided information about the start-up of the FOUNDATION fieldbus training center at Sinopec Yanshan Simulation Training Center. The Yanshan facility now offers training courses covering field and auxiliary equipment requirements, segment design, host system requirements, software configuration, documentation, and Factory Acceptance Test (FAT).

Companies sponsoring the seminar included: ABB, Dresser, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Foxboro, Honeywell, Metso Automation, Mettler-Toledo, Moore-Hawke, MTL, National Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, Smar, TopWorx, Turck, Yamatake, and Yokogawa.

Click here to access seminar presentations on the Fieldbus Foundation Website.

Seminar in Japan addresses end-user considerations

More than 100 end users and engineering firms participated in a two-day seminar hosted by Fieldbus Foundation's End User Council-Japan. The event, covering fieldbus end-user installation experiences, End User Council activity, and FOUNDATION fieldbus technology updates, took place on Sept. 8-9, 2005, in Kurashiki, Japan. Kurashiki is located near the Mizushima industrial complex, one of the largest industrial regions in the western part of the country. Fieldbus Foundation member companies also sponsored a tabletop product exhibition.

Ian Verhappen, chairman of the foundation's End User Advisory Council (EUAC), spoke on "Fieldbus Economics," addressing economic justifications for implementing FOUNDATION technology. Hiroki Kado of Kuraray presented a case study describing his company's fieldbus installation at the company's chemical plant in Belgium. Kado said that information from the field such as actual valve position and valve travel is beneficial for plant operation and instrument maintenance work. Kenichi Setoguchi of Nippon Paper Industries discussed the practical experiences gained from implementing three fieldbus projects in paper plants. Toan Phi of Bayer Material Science outlined the large-scale fieldbus installation at Bayer's Caojing site in China.

Seminar participants showed keen interest in the practical considerations of installing fieldbus, including economical benefits, engineering and wiring schemes, and effective preventive maintenance concepts.

Click here to view the presentations from this seminar.


Sign up now: 2006 Fieldbus training schedule available

Get on the fast track and learn all about FOUNDATION fieldbus by attending Fieldbus Foundation training sessions. The 2006 training schedule includes: Fieldbus Overview, Advanced Technical Workshop, Device Description (EDDL) Workshop, and the New Fieldbus Development for Project Managers. Class space is limited; sign up today to ensure a spot.

Click here for more information or to register.

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 detailed knowledge of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Prerequisite: Fieldbus Overview.

Device Description (EDDL) Workshop examines sophisticated Device Description Language (DDL) constructs and techniques that make DDs feature-rich for end users. Students will write DDs organizing parameters into rich dialogs with images and display complex data in graphical format, and learn how to preserve device data and retrieve it for later processing. In addition, the course will provide hands-on learning for writing and testing actual Device Descriptions using the FOUNDATION fieldbus Tokenizer and DD Super Viewer tools. This workshop is designed for field device developers implementing Device Description (DD) files for field devices. New and experienced developers will benefit from the workshop's interactive methods.

Fieldbus Development for Project Managers (NEW) covers:

  • Capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices;
  • How fieldbus devices fit into the integrated FOUNDATION architecture;
  • Top level engineering development process for a FOUNDATION fieldbus device;
  • Special project management requirements for the communication "stack," physical layer, Electronic Device Description (EDD), function blocks, device conformance, and interoperability testing;
  • Development and test tools available to development engineers;
  • Suppliers of fieldbus technology (chips, stacks, development kits);
  • Example of concept-to-product: a transmitter project design life cycle; and
  • How to develop a credible estimate of the development cost and schedule.

This workshop is directed at product marketing managers, engineering project managers, and senior engineers responsible for specification and development of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices.

Testimonial: "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."

Check out the 2006 training schedule:

Click here for more information or to register.

Course Location Date Early Registration Deadline
(15% discount)
Final Registration Deadline
Fieldbus Overview Austin, TX, USA March 21 January 24 February 28
Advanced Technical Austin, TX, USA March 22-24 January 24 February 28
DD Workshop Austin, TX, USA March 27-30 January 30 March 6
Project Management Amsterdam April 3-4 February 2 March 9
Fieldbus Overview Austin, TX, USA May 30 April 4 May 9
Advanced Technical Austin, TX, USA May 31-June 2 April 4 May 9
DD Workshop Austin, TX, USA June 6-9 April 11 May 16
Project Management Austin, TX, USA June 22-23 April 27 June 1
Fieldbus Overview Brielle, Netherlands July 10 May 15 June 19
Advanced Technical Brielle, Netherlands July 11-13 May 15 June 19
Fieldbus Overview Austin, TX, USA September 12 July 18 August 22
Advanced Technical Austin, TX, USA September 13-15 July 18 August 22
DD Workshop Austin, TX, USA September 18-21 July 24 August 28
Fieldbus Overview Brielle, Netherlands November 7 September 12 October 17
Advanced Technical Brielle, Netherlands November 8-10 September 12 October 17
DD Workshop Brielle, Netherlands November 13-16 September 18 October 23
Fieldbus Overview Austin, TX, USA December 4 October 9 November 13
Advanced Technical Austin, TX, USA December 5-7 October 9 November 13

 


ABB pressure transmitters feature field-replaceable electronics

ABB's line of 2600T Series pressure transmitters offer users field replaceable "plug and play" electronics. Using the company's special GeminiConfig™ feature, these devices feature electronics that can be replaced or upgraded without removing the unit from service. The electronics module can be unplugged and replaced in seconds. The transmitter's configuration is stored in the device and automatically uploaded into the new electronics module when installed. The GeminiConfig™ feature saves time and money because no transmitter needs to be replaced when electronics need changing and fewer hot spares are required.

The 2600T transmitters also feature "plug and play" FOUNDATION fieldbus electronic upgrades. Any 2600T can be upgraded to FOUNDATION fieldbus simply by replacing secondary electronics and a terminal block. The transmitter does not need to be returned to the factory and no housings need to be changed. This feature saves money because it allows the same housing spares to be used for both fieldbus and non-fieldbus transmitters. In addition, mounting requirements, configuration, and maintenance are standardized to one transmitter design.

Click here for more information or to locate your local authorized representative.

Emerson automates North Sea offshore development

Emerson Process Management's PlantWeb® digital automation architecture with the DeltaV™ system and FOUNDATION fieldbus communications technology is being used to expand automation capabilities of the Broom development, a North Sea oil field operated as a subsea tie-back to the Heather Alpha platform.

PlantWeb architecture is a digital automation approach using communications technology like FOUNDATION fieldbus to collect actionable diagnostics and process information from field devices on Heather and distribute the information to operations, maintenance, and management personnel.

Use of PlantWeb architecture and DeltaV digital automation system continues the working relationship developed between Emerson and Aberdeen-based engineering contractors Kellogg Brown and Root (KBR) on previous successful offshore projects. Emerson's expertise on integrating platform technology using PlantWeb with FOUNDATION fieldbus was also used to expand the monitoring of various other aspects of the operation, such as pressure measurement in the risers.

Most of the control system on the Heather Alpha platform is pneumatic. The original control scheme was installed in 1977 when Heather, one of the first North Sea production platforms, was commissioned. The addition of PlantWeb architecture and the DeltaV system has enabled instrumentation updates with improved integration of platform functions.

Click here for more about PlantWeb.


Fieldbus Center certifies instrumentation professionals

Fieldbus Center at Lee College, a National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized and funded institution, now offers a one-day, certified training course for controls and instrumentation sales professionals who need a general understanding of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology.

The first training course of its kind, "Fieldbus for Sales Professionals" is designed for inside and outside sales representatives and service personnel employed by plant automation equipment suppliers. The class does not require previous experience with digital control systems.

"Fieldbus for Sales Professionals" provides an overview of the open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION fieldbus protocol. Attendees study basic fieldbus-related facts and terminology, and learn how to resolve common technology issues. Instructors describe the differences between digital control systems and traditional instrumentation, and explain how fieldbus can be integrated cost-effectively into project bid packages.

The course takes a vendor-neutral perspective on key aspects of fieldbus technology, but can be customized to highlight specific supplier solutions or product features. Attendees learn how to justify expenditures on fieldbus controls and answer technology return-on-investment questions.

The new course is part of the Fieldbus Center's comprehensive training curriculum covering digital control technology. Fieldbus Foundation certifies the Center's FOUNDATION fieldbus courses.

For more information, call 1-832-556-4446, fax 1-832-556-4448, e-mail fbcenter@lee.edu, or visit the Fieldbus Center Website.


MooreHawke Trunkguard: Second generation device couplers

MooreHawke device couplers from Moore Industries-International Inc., North Hills, CA, are based on IP66 field enclosures and come complete with cable glands to suit field wiring. Trunkguard™ units provide "second generation" attributes, such as automatic segment termination for 4, 8, 10, or 20 FOUNDATION fieldbus.

Older-generation device couplers apply "current-limiting" when a short occurs on the spur between the device and the coupler. However, the usual "lock-in" load is no less than 60 mA. Locking in this much current risks causing other devices to receive insufficient current and drop off the network. Trunkguard uses a fold-back technique to lock in a 2 mA load—small enough to turn on an LED light—then remove the device from the segment, automatically resetting the device on the network afterward.

Click here for more on MooreHawke device couplers, distributed I/O, temperature sensors, transmitters, alarm trips, and signal conditioners. Or contact Moore Industries-International Inc. at 16650 Schoenborn Street, North Hills, CA 91343; telephone 1-818-894-7111.


Singapore Polytechnic offers fieldbus implementation training course

Singapore Polytechnic now offers a 1-day, certified training course for technologists who need an understanding of the key concepts and capabilities of FOUNDATION fieldbus. The course, scheduled for Feb. 20-21, 2006, provides hands-on instruction and laboratory exercises demonstrating implementation of fieldbus technology. Participants will develop a human-machine interface (HMI) for displaying fieldbus variables.

Topics include:

1. Introduction to fieldbus technology

2. Fieldbus concepts

3. Fieldbus wiring and installation

  • Power requirements
  • Topologies
  • Fieldbus segment calculation

4. FOUNDATION fieldbus technology

  • Communication stacks
  • Resource blocks, transducer blocks, function blocks
  • Scheduling

5. Network and device configuration

  • Importing DDs and CFF files
  • Tagging
  • Setting parameters in resource, transducer and function blocks
  • Configuring control loops
  • Setting function blocks

6. Human-machine interface configuration

7. Demonstration of FOUNDATION fieldbus High Speed Ethernet (HSE)

Click here to download a registration form.



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