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The Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee's active 2006 schedule includes exhibiting at two international trade shows: Interkama and Achema, world forum for the process industry.
Interkama 2006 International Trade Fair, a major control and instrumentation exhibition in the EMEA region, occurs in Hannover, Germany, from April 24-29. After participating successfully in Interkama 2005, Fieldbus Foundation will again be demonstrating strengths and capabilities in process and hybrid applications at its 200 sq m booth in Hall 7, Stand A10.
At least 10 foundation member companies are participating at Interkama, offering an overview of key fieldbus applications through displays of registered devices, host systems, tools, and services available from the world's leading automation equipment suppliers. They include: ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Hans Turck, Kerpen, MTL Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, Samson, Softing, and Yokogawa. Experts from all major member companies will be available to visiting end users, integrators, contractors, and engineers.
Members interested in participating in Interkama should email firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to secure a place in the booth.
At least 15 member companies will participate in the Fieldbus Foundation stand at Achema 2006 in Frankfurt, Germany, from May 15-19. The 108 sq m exhibit is in Hall 10.2, Stand M39-N42.
Achema 2006 is considered a "must-see" event for chemical processing industries in Europe. Here, end users, systems integrators, and engineering contractors can update themselves on automation suppliers' latest solutions. Visitors to the Fieldbus Foundation stand will find a range of "best-in-class" control products to meet specific application needs and vendor kiosks demonstrating fieldbus host systems and devices.
Members participating include: ABB, CEAG, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Hans Turck, Honeywell, Invensys, Krohne, MTL Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, R&M Industrie Höchst, Rockwell Automation, Samson, Softing, and Yokogawa.
All fieldbus supplier kiosks at Achema are already reserved. However, devices may still be accommodated. For details email: email@example.com.
Fieldbus Foundation's 2006 General Assembly with its "Compliance, Confidence, Credibility" theme will address the needs of the expanding FOUNDATION fieldbus market in China and Asia/Pacific and feature end-user case study presentations, technical training workshops, and tabletop exhibitions. The event will be held at the Ritz Carlton Portman Hotel in Shanghai, China, from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1.
The meeting will include a welcome reception the evening of Feb. 28. Keynote speakers are Huang BuYu, Deputy Chief Engineer, Sinopec Engineering Inc.; and Seah Ooi Kiat, Head Instrument Engineer, CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Ltd. Huang and Seah will discuss FOUNDATION fieldbus applications in China's petrochemical industry.
Ian Verhappen, Chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation's End User Advisory Council (EUAC), will open the end-user program with a presentation on FOUNDATION fieldbus End User Councils (EUCs) around the world and their benefit to the automation user community. End-user presentations will describe FOUNDATION fieldbus installations at key facilities throughout China. Wu Guo Liang, Executive Consultant, IPMT, SECCO, will detail the use of FOUNDATION fieldbus at the SECCO project.
The General Assembly agenda features tutorial workshops by leading fieldbus technology experts. Topics and presenters include: "Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL)" by Stephen Mitschke, Director of Fieldbus Products, Fieldbus Foundation; "Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)" by Dave Glanzer, Director of Technology Development, Fieldbus Foundation; and "High Speed Ethernet" by Jonas Berge, Singapore General Manager, Smar Int'l.
Tabletop exhibits displaying the latest FOUNDATION fieldbus devices, tools, and host systems will be available throughout the meeting.
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A one-day Engineering Procurement Contractors (EPC) seminar to teach end users and engineers how to apply FOUNDATION fieldbus in industrial automation applications is set for March 28, 2006, in Houston, TX. Fieldbus Foundation and Bechtel Corp. will host the event.
The free seminar will review the top 10 FOUNDATION fieldbus myths and provide an understanding of the technology. Items to be discussed include physical and user layer, fieldbus economics, HSE, EDDL, and interoperability. The afternoon session will offer end-user presentations on implementation case studies. Presenters will include David Lancaster, Bechtel Corp.; Herman Storey, Shell Global Solutions; and Deon Rae, Chevron. Lunch will be provided.
All attendees will receive an attendance packet containing a CD of end-user presentations, technical guides, the Fieldbus Report supplement, and more.
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Fieldbus Foundation assists end users and engineering contractors faced with varying approaches FOUNDATON fieldbus implementation by helping them understand available techniques, the technology and its developments, and the expected financial benefits of fieldbus projects.
Following a successful 2005 program of EUC/engineering contractor events, the Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) Steering Committee, with the support of its national marketing committees across the EMEA region, is planning activities throughout 2006. EUC meetings and engineering contractor events offer presentations by end users, engineering contractors, and fieldbus technology experts that illustrate successful fieldbus projects, share experiences and concerns about fieldbus implementation, and learn about the latest in technical advancements such as safety systems, HSE, and EDDL. Some EUC events also offer the opportunity to conduct training sessions.
2006 EUC meetings in the EMEA region are currently scheduled for Frankfurt, Milan, Moscow, and Bahrain. Current locations for 2006 engineering contractor events in the EMEA region are Paris, Milan, and Frankfurt. When the dates and venues are confirmed, they will be published on the Fieldbus Foundation Web site.
ABB's Automation World conference and exposition will be held May 9-11 in Houston, TX. The event, started several years ago to help automation industry end users and specifiers find ways to improve operational performance, has grown into one of the largest supplier-hosted events in North America.
Automation World's popularity is due to many aspects of the event being reviewed and approved by an ABB Customer Advisory Board. This group reflects the diverse automation marketplace and ensures that the event provides real ideas and solutions that can be used immediately.
ABB Automation World features more than 200 workshops, including FOUNDATION fieldbus training, customer case studies, and 40,000 sq ft. of exhibits. It provides opportunities to network and learn best practices, successes, tips, and proven methods that will make your job easier and, most importantly, deliver results.
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When Deten Química started up the world's first commercial FOUNDATION fieldbus installation on Dec. 9, 1994, the project received worldwide attention. For the first time, a control system was designed and installed in a commercial plant following both the IEC/ISA-SP50 Physical Layer standard and Fieldbus Foundation specifications.
The original installation had 63 field devices distributed in four fieldbus segments to perform all 43 control loops in the field. This configuration was an important "proof of concept" to Deten and the instrumentation and control community. The installation generated valuable knowledge from fieldbus drawing and design terminology to the training requirements for operators and instrument technicians.
In the two years following the original installation, Deten embraced fieldbus technology and upgraded its entire facility. More than 1,000 fieldbus instruments were installed, distributing the majority of the control loops among the field devices.
The Deten installation produced a number of "firsts." It was the first fieldbus installation, first field control architecture, first redundant fieldbus solution, first PLC fieldbus integration, and the first shutdown system with fieldbus. Many of the guidelines adopted by the industry today were first implemented and tested at Deten.
A decade of results from fieldbus controls
Deten's experience shows how end users can benefit from adopting FOUNDATION fieldbus. "The technology is powerful and very reliable," said Alexandre Pessoa de Santana, instrument engineer at the Deten Química facility. "It provides considerable savings in diagnostics, maintenance and configuration costs." Installation, commissioning, and startup time are other areas where fieldbus proved superior to other control technologies.
The Deten 1 startup phase, with more than 600 fieldbus devices, four operator workstations, and seven PLCs, took 23 days. Deten 2 installation, commissioning, and startup were completed in 25 days.
At the Química plant, better system reliability also provided extended operation time and virtually eliminated corrective maintenance. Today, the only preventive maintenance task necessary is the calibration procedure required for ISO 9000.
System evolution brings additional benefits
For Deten, incorporating FOUNDATION fieldbus with High Speed Ethernet (HSE) opened many opportunities to further implement fieldbus projects. Integration with other protocols like Modbus TCP using an HSE gateway significantly extended the range of potential applications.
Another important development was the advent of OPC technology and the implementation of fieldbus servers with the complete elimination of proprietary drivers. Combining FOUNDATION fieldbus and OPC enabled a true open and distributed control system architecture.
After 10 years of operation in its initial fieldbus installation, Deten began a system upgrade in 2003. Some 250 field devices were upgraded to FOUNDATION fieldbus communications stacks. PLC fieldbus interface modules were also upgraded to fieldbus technology. Computer fieldbus H1 cards were replaced by FOUNDATION fieldbus linking devices. The original fieldbus H1 cards were installed in the computer ISA slots. The change to the HSE linking devices was important from a spare parts availability perspective.
Use of HSE and linking devices provided Deten with an open platform to select the "best in class" supplier from field devices with FOUNDATION fieldbus to the HMI package using OPC technology.
Looking ahead to continued success
Deten expects the upgrade of its control architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus HSE will improve its business results even more. System diagnostic capabilities have improved considerably. It is pleased with the benefits of FOUNDATION technology. The company has improved its bottom-line by reducing capital and operating expenses, and by lowering its installation, commissioning, startup, and maintenance costs.
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An updated version of FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications is now available. The new specification defines features that enhance fieldbus functionality and provide additional incentives for automation equipment suppliers to get on the "Fast Track to Fieldbus."
The specifications define the open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION fieldbus protocol. The technology provides an all-digital, two-way, multi-drop communications link among smart field devices and automation systems. It serves as the Local Area Network (LAN) for instruments used in process automation, and has a built-in capability to distribute the control application across the network.
According to Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation Product Manager-Fieldbus Products, the updated specifications are an essential tool for controls and instrumentation manufacturers wanting to take advantage of the rising demand for fieldbus-based control solutions around the world.
"FOUNDATION fieldbus is recognized as an industry-standard for plant automation applications, and leading suppliers are responding to the end-user market by offering a wide range of compliant products and support services," said Mitschke. "Now is the time for companies to become involved with fieldbus product development and start realizing the business benefits offered by the technology."
Specification 6.0 includes powerful new features standardized in Device Description Language (DDL) technology. Implemented in millions of installed instruments around the world, DDL 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. DDL lets a host system manufacturer create a single engineering environment capable of supporting any device, from any supplier, using any communications protocol, without custom software drivers for each device type.
The updated DDL specification extends the concept of interoperability to the HMI and diagnostic data level with improved visualization and graphical features. New features focus on device data organization, graphical visualization consistency, and support for persistent data storage. The nature of the IEC 61804-2 standard makes these enhancements backward and forward compatible. Fieldbus Foundation members purchasing or renewing a specification maintenance agreement will automatically receive a complete copy of the FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and HSE Specification 6.0, including all updates.
For more information about FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications and maintenance agreement options, visit the Fieldbus Foundation's Website.
An enhanced H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) 5.0 version is now available. The test kit has been updated with additional functionality enabling the testing of FOUNDATION field bus devices using current Device Description (DD) 5.0 files.
ITK 5.0 test kit verifies the functionality of an H1 (31.25 kbit/s) device and its conformity with the FOUNDATION fieldbus Function Block and Transducer Block specifications. Troubleshooting and debugging tool includes all hardware and software required to ensure complete device interoperability as specified by the foundation's official registration testing procedure. Using the H1 ITK 5.0, device developers can run tests identical to those of the Fieldbus Foundation before submitting their device for official registration.
The updated ITK test kit expands the scope of interoperability testing to benefit end users of FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. The following test cases, including two new features, have been added/modified: multi-bit alarm testing now tests for both single and multi-bit alarms to provide more thorough testing; block instantiation as specified in the capabilities file has been added, insuring interoperability on a FOUNDATION fieldbus network when a block is instantiated; and testing for valid/invalid behavior during common software download has been added, to ensure interoperability when downloading software/firmware to a device via a FOUNDATION fieldbus network.
According to Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation's Product Manager-Fieldbus Products, the H1 ITK 5.0 test tool enables automation equipment suppliers to streamline their preparations for fieldbus device registration. He said, "The updated ITK includes expanded capabilities that allow testing of devices with DD 5.0 files. These DDs include powerful new features focusing on device data organization, graphical visualization consistency, and support for persistent data storage."
Mitschke continued, "Today, at large plants with thousands of field devices, maintenance technicians must upgrade each device individually using vendor-specific tools. The ITK 5.0 enhanced common software download features allow instrument suppliers to update their device firmware 'over the wire.' Devices can be updated without the need for a technician to go to each device and update a firmware chip or attach a custom upgrade cable. Upgrades enable suppliers to add additional diagnostic capabilities to 'future-proof' their existing devices."
Developed by the Fraunhofer Institute, the testing tool consists of a test engine, communication stack, and Function Block interface card. The ITK test engine executes a set of some 400 test cases that exercise the device implementation. The tester also includes a DD "Super Viewer" that allows examination and verification of a device's DD, and a conformance test procedure for the Physical Layer. The DD Super Viewer supports validation of existing DDs and the new DD 5.0 format. Device developers can walk their DD, execute methods, and render the new visualization elements supported by the new DD 5.0 technology. 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 reduces the time 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 the 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 H1 ITK 5.0 test kit, contact Maggie Carlson, Fieldbus Foundation, by phone at 512-794-8890, Ext. 21, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emerson Process Management recently surpassed the half-million mark in sales of Fisher® Fieldvue® digital valve controllers to lead the smart positioner market worldwide. More than two dozen patents have been awarded for this product line. Sales of Fieldvue instruments, says Emerson, exceed the combined sales of several competitors in this market.
Introduced in 1994, microprocessor-based Fieldvue instruments allow users to monitor valve performance online, collect and trend performance data over time, and better predict or plan valve maintenance. The instruments are key components that power Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture to proven savings of more than 30% of project costs, and more than 2% operations savings, including benefits of predictive valve maintenance.
The line provides a choice of capabilities to meet a variety of requirements. Users may select HART or FOUNDATION fieldbus communication protocols, and options that enable partial-stroke valve testing in safety instrumented systems (SIS). Other product enhancements include stainless-steel constructions, remote mounting configurations, or extreme-temperature options.
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A split-architecture system from MooreHawke triples the number of intrinsically-safe devices available to provide better control and feedback in hazardous environments.
When it comes to potentially explosive environments, few industries match that of oil and gas. At the same time, nowhere else is the need for exacting process control more critical. Under ordinary circumstances, process control systems using communication protocols such as FOUNDATION fieldbus can easily meet most requirements. However, limitations in installing multiple control devices in hazardous environments where they are most needed have traditionally prevented Instrumentation & Control and PCS integrators from maximizing the full potential that fieldbus has to offer.
"We had a design spec calling for 12 devices per segment within the hazardous areas of an offshore platform, and the new split-architecture devices easily achieved that for us," says Gareth Johnston, a UK-based fieldbus specialist for ABB Automation Technologies, part of the ABB Group of companies that delivers solutions for control, motion, protection, and plant integration across a full range of process and utility industries.
The new split-architecture systems go beyond FISCO (Fieldbus Intrinsically Safe Concept) operating parameters that limit devices to five and spur cable lengths to 30 m. The technology allows 350 mA per segment, enough to drive up to 16 devices. This high current also enables the connection of devices over cable lengths almost double that of FISCO, increasing flexibility in wiring oil and gas plants.
For more information on the MooreHawke line of device couplers, distributed I/O, temperature sensors, transmitters, alarm trips and signal conditioners, contact Moore Industries-International Inc., 16650 Schoenborn St., North Hills, CA, 91343; 818-894-7111; or visit the company Website.
R. Stahl's new ISbus product range for FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 networks includes Fieldbus barriers for H1 devices, fieldbus power supplies, and a variety of solutions for Zone 1 and Zone 2 field installations.
Intrinsically safe field devices can be operated in accordance with the FISCO standard on a non-intrinsically safe fieldbus trunk with the new Ex e/Ex i Field Device Couplers (FDC). The field device connections feature spur protection and are galvanically isolated from the fieldbus trunk. Ex e/Ex e FDC also allow non-intrinsically safe field devices to be connected to the fieldbus. Installation is possible in Zone1, Zone 2, and Div. 2.
When appropriate ISbus fieldbus power supplies and conditioners are used, power in-feed is electrically isolated from the fieldbus and monitored for undervoltage. R. Stahl also designs and supplies all-inclusive products ranging from field housings made of plastic, stainless steel, or aluminium to innovative Ex plug connectors for non-intrinsically safe fieldbus and complete systems engineering. ISbus and Remote I/O IS1 can be combined, depending on customer requirements, to create the most-effective, least-cost solution.
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Integrated Architecture from Rockwell Automation unifies control disciplines across the plant and provides actionable information from the entire enterprise. Together with Endress+Hauser products, it expands device connectivity and configuration capabilities using standard technologies, and offers configuration, diagnosis, and integration of process devices into asset management solutions.
Tri-State University (TSU) is now offering FF-100, "Introduction to FOUNDATION fieldbus," the first Fieldbus Foundation-certified training course to be conducted at its North Campus location in Angola, IN. FF-100 covers the basic building blocks and design criteria for both H1 (field level, low-speed) and HSE (High Speed Ethernet network level) implementations. The course provides an overview of the technology, including how it differs from traditional control systems.
Hands-on demonstration of an integrated automation solution, and case studies demonstrating the economics of FOUNDATION technology, teaches participants how to use fieldbus in their facility and how to start the process of implementing a digital control and data acquisition solution on their next automation project.
The regional fieldbus training center for the Great Lakes/Midwest region, Tri-State is also developing a laboratory and pilot plant facility focused on the petrochemical, refining, food/pharmaceutical, and alternate energy industries in this area. When completed later this year, the facility will be available for lease to industry.
"Introduction to FOUNDATION fieldbus" is scheduled for March 17 and May 8. Customized on-site training is also available on request.
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O2mation, Model AV550, a new multi-channel oxygen analyzer from Yokogawa, features intuitive color touchscreen operation, powerful process diagnostic tools, and advanced communication capabilities to make power boiler oxygen trim automation simple, predictable, and reliable. Device is designed to minimize plant downtime and technical support for the oxygen measurement.
Modular design easily expands to accept up to eight zirconia detectors. Channel cards can be removed or installed without powering off the analyzer. O2mation outputs the average oxygen concentration calculated from a user-selected group of zirconia detectors. Any detector that is in alarm, calibration, or not in service, is automatically removed from the averaged output. This feature is especially useful when plant maintenance schedules require frequent calibrations. FOUNDATION fieldbus communications allow immediate access to sensor outputs required for boiler control and to these new diagnostic tools critical for effective preventive maintenance.
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