March 2006
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2006 General Assembly draws record-breaking attendance

Sign up for free Fieldbus seminars

EPC seminar set for Houston in March

FOUNDATION Fieldbus training schedule announced

Project managers workshop scheduled for April

ABB begins countdown to results

Fieldbus Center offers new training seminar

Fieldbus Foundation releases Device Description Library 3.0

DD Developer Toolkits are available

Open wiring cable leads to lower installation costs

Emerson automates key Chinese power plants

Foxboro supplies BP with FOUNDATION, FDT technologies

Fieldbus process control for pharma applications

Smar protects legacy investments during controls migration

Honeywell link schedule optimization saves time, money

ICE-Pros provides Fieldbus support

MooreHawke: Fast, easy solutions for Fieldbus segments

Turck: Why they're called "bricks"

Yamatake's control-valve maintenance support system

2006 General Assembly draws record-breaking attendance

Keynote Speaker Huang BuYu, Deputy Chief Engineer, Sinopec Engineering, discussed the application of FOUNDATION fieldbus in China's petrochemical industry.

Fieldbus Foundation's 2006 General Assembly, held in Shanghai, China, Feb. 28- Mar. 1, drew record-breaking attendance. Based on the theme Compliance, Confidence, Credibility, this year's event addressed the needs of the FOUNDATION fieldbus market in China and Asia/Pacific.

China is home to two of the world's largest fieldbus installations (SECCO and Nanhai) using the FOUNDATION protocol. The country's burgeoning market for technical advancements in plant automation was an ideal location for this year's General Assembly.

Attendees gathered at the Ritz Carlton Portman Hotel in Shanghai to hear leading fieldbus experts and end users offer their insights on FOUNDATION technology. The gathering attracted visitors from throughout China's rapidly expanding industrial community, and representatives of leading automation equipment suppliers operating in the Asia/Pacific region.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney described the General Assembly as "another example of the growing momentum of fieldbus-based solutions in the worldwide controls and instrumentation market. On behalf of the Fieldbus Foundation, I'd like to thank all participants in the 2006 General Assembly. The dedication of our members and supporters was evidenced by this outstanding event. Attendees had an invaluable opportunity to learn about FOUNDATION fieldbus and gather information, first-hand, from recognized authorities on the technology."

Fieldbus Foundation's 2006 General Assembly, held in Shanghai, China, drew record-breaking attendance.

A welcome reception opened the General Assembly with a keynote speech from Huang BuYu, Deputy Chief Engineer, Sinopec Engineering, on the application of FOUNDATION fieldbus in China's petrochemical industry. Ian Verhappen, Chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation's End User Advisory Council (EUAC), opened the end-user program with a presentation on FOUNDATION fieldbus End User Councils (EUCs) around the world and their benefits to the automation community.

End-user presentations described FOUNDATION fieldbus installations at key facilities across China. Presentations included: "FOUNDATION Fieldbus Applications" by Joan Wu, Bayer Material Science; "Experiences With Intrinsically Safe Fieldbus Applications" by Wei Hua, CNOOC Kingboard Chemical; "FOUNDATION Fieldbus Technology Application in the Ethylene Project of SECCO" by Wu GuoLiang; "CSPC Nanhai Petrochemical Complex Installation" by Stephen Weng Wei Hong, Yokogawa; and "Fieldbus Economics" by Ian Verhappen, Fieldbus Foundation.

The meeting also featured workshops addressing key, fieldbus-related subjects. Topics/presenters included: "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 International.

Tabletop exhibits were on display throughout the event as members showed their latest FOUNDATION fieldbus devices, tools, and host systems.

Click here to review all the presentations from the General Assembly.

Sign up for free Fieldbus training

Sign up today to attend a FREE seminar and learn all about FOUNDATION fieldbus.

Fieldbus Foundation is offering two seminar tracks this year to tell end users and engineers how to get on the "Fast Track to Fieldbus." Sessions will focus on: Economic Justification, Fieldbus vs. Conventional Technology, Fieldbus Overview, Physical Layer Installation Practices, High Speed Ethernet (HSE), and Practical Application Examples.

Click here to register for the seminars.

EPC seminar set for Houston in March

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 Mar. 28, 2006, in Houston, TX. Fieldbus Foundation and Bechtel Corp. will host the session. Lunch will be provided.

The free event will review the "Top 10 FOUNDATION Fieldbus Myths" and provide an understanding of the technology. Items to be discussed include the fieldbus physical and user layer, fieldbus economics, HSE, EDDL, and interoperability. The afternoon session will include end-user presentations on implementation case studies. Presenters will include David Lancaster, Bechtel Corp.; Herman Storey, Shell Global Solutions; and Chuck Carter, Lee College.

All seminar attendees will receive a CD containing end-user presentations, technical guides, the Fieldbus Report supplement, and more.

Click here and sign-up today.

FOUNDATION Fieldbus training schedule announced

Get on the Fast Track to Fieldbus and attend a Fieldbus Workshop. The Fieldbus Foundation is offering training workshop such as: Fieldbus Overview, Advanced Technical and the DD Workshop.

Fieldbus Foundation workshops meet the growing requirements of automation professionals for comprehensive fieldbus training. Whether you need to learn FOUNDATION fieldbus basics, or stay abreast of the latest technology enhancements, training is essential. Instrumentation manufacturers must be comfortable with fieldbus specifications to meet customer expectations. Plant personnel must be able to identify fieldbus applications and understand the requirements for installing digital devices and host systems in their facilities.

Training schedule. Sign up for a workshop today!

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
Fieldbus Overview Brielle, Netherlands
May 30
April 4 May 9
Advanced Technical Brielle, Netherlands
May 31-June 2
April 4 May 9
Advanced Technical Brielle, Netherlands
June 6-9
April 11 May 16

Click here to review workshop agendas and to register.

Project managers workshop scheduled for April

Get on the "Fast Track to Fieldbus" by attending a Fieldbus development workshop for project managers. Scheduled for April 3-4, 2006, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the training session is intended for marketing product managers, engineering project managers, and technical team leaders responsible for developing new fieldbus products. The course provides an understanding of the key steps for successful specification, development, and test of a new fieldbus device.

Four major topics are covered:

  • Overview of the FOUNDATION Fieldbus™ 31.25 kbit/s (H1) and 100 Mbit/s (HSE) technologies.
  • Integrated Architecture for Information Integration and how fieldbus devices fit into the architecture.
  • Engineering development process for a FOUNDATION fieldbus device, including special project management requirements for the communication "stack", physical layer, Electronic Device Description (EDD), function blocks, stack conformance testing, and device interoperability testing. The course uses an example design from concept to production of a H1 FOUNDATION fieldbus transmitter product to illustrate the key development steps. Example HSE fieldbus device and host application designs are also covered.
  • Review of third-party technology suppliers (chips, stacks, development kits) and development/test tools and training provided by the Fieldbus Foundation.

Students will receive a workbook of presentation materials.

Click here to register now! Space is limited!

ABB begins countdown to results

ABB's Automation World annual conference and exposition takes place May 9-11 in Houston, TX.

The event, started several years ago to serve automation industry end users and specifiers seeking ways to improve operational performance, has grown into one of the largest supplier-hosted events in North America.

Automation World has achieved popularity by delivering the results industry experts demand. In addition, many aspects of the event are reviewed and approved by an ABB Customer Advisory Board. This group of end users reflects a diverse automation marketplace. Their involvement helps ensure an event that provides useful ideas and solutions.

ABB Automation World features more than 200 workshops, including FOUNDATION fieldbus training, customer case studies, and 40,000 sq ft of exhibits. It provides an opportunity to network and learn best practices, successes, tips, and proven methods to make your job easier and, more importantly, deliver results. See you in Houston!

Click here to learn more about ABB Automation World or to register to attend.

Fieldbus Center offers new training seminar

The Fieldbus Center at Lee College, Baytown, TX, supported in part through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is offering a new seminar to help end users develop training strategies that ensure a smooth transition to FOUNDATION fieldbus.

"Time for Training" provides an overview of FOUNDATION fieldbus concepts; and describes methods for identifying, planning, and budgeting training for fieldbus implementation, support, and operations. Intended for training and development staffs and engineering, design, and maintenance personnel, this seminar will help anyone wanting to develop a corporate or personal plan for becoming skilled in FOUNDATION fieldbus. The seminar can be customized to meet specific group needs and schedules, including "brown bag" sessions.

Seminar is free to companies and individuals in the Houston area, and at cost for those outside of the region.

For more information, call Chuck Carter at the Fieldbus Center, 1-832-556-4446, or click here to visit the Center's Website.

Fieldbus Foundation releases Device Description Library 3.0

Fieldbus Foundation's newly released Device Description Library 3.0 contains a number of changes to the foundation's standard library DD files, based on the latest specification enhancements, including the support for new unit codes.

To coincide with the final release, the standard pressure with calibration transducer block description has been updated and moved from beta to final release. The library also contains an updated version of the standard dictionary (standard.dct), additional bug fixes, and minor enhancements. Host applications require the latest standard dictionary to maintain compatibility with Foundation-registered device descriptions.

Version 3.0 has two main components. A collection of all registered manufacturer created DDs, including past revisions; and the foundation's standard DDs and dictionary. Using these standard files, manufacturers can import descriptions into the DDs for standard blocks and parameters. They need only implement custom block and other manufacturer-specific parameters to create a complete DD.

All FOUNDATION fieldbus devices require a Device Description to describe the block and parameter structure. Using standard files can greatly reduce the amount of time and work involved. The library also promotes a standardized view of field device information across manufacturers, enabling consistent configuration.

A single-site registered license library subscription is available. All DD/CF files registered under ITK 4.0 or greater are included, along with the standard DD support library.

To purchase a licensed copy of the DD Library, or for further information, contact Member Services by phone at 512.794.8890, ext.21 or email at

DD Developer Toolkits are available

Fieldbus Foundation has released AT-400 Device Description Tokenizer Toolkit 5.0 and AT-401 Device Description Services Toolkit 5.0. These toolkits enable instrumentation manufacturers to read and generate 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.

DD Tokenizer 5.0 checks for syntax or logic errors in DD source files, converts DD source files into DD binary file format, and issues messages that help trace and correct errors. Ensuring interoperability, it interlocks redefinition of information imported from standard DDs.

Package supports enhanced EDDL language elements and includes the new DD Super Viewer that simplifies device development by providing access to the generated DD binary for testing and verification. DD Super Viewer supports direct rendering of the new extensions, including enhanced dialogs, images, graphs, and charts.

DD Services Toolkit 5.0 is a comprehensive source code library that helps controls suppliers decode DD binaries and access DD information. It includes all FOUNDATION fieldbus standard blocks and delivers a consistent presentation of data for all devices to the development of DD-based applications.

DD Services Toolkit 5.0 toolkit is compatible with DD binaries generated by DD Tokenizer 4.x and 5.x. Compatibility with DD Tokenizer 4.x ensures continued support for the existing installed base of DDs, and enables support of the new language extensions in future devices.

Both are available to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members. For pricing, specifications, and more information, contact the Fieldbus Foundation by phone at 1-512-794-8890 or e-mail at, or visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.

Open wiring cable leads to lower installation costs

Instrumentation Tray Cable (ITC) is a cost-effective alternative for installing low power instrumentation and control circuits. NEC, Article 727 permits the use of ITC-rated cable in qualified industrial environments. Therefore, using cable rated for open wiring adds even more flexibility.

Turck is the only manufacturer with open wiring rating on its FOUNDATION fieldbus type 490 and 496 cables.

Cable specifications:

  • 2 / 3 conductors
  • 16 / 18 AWG
  • 105º C, 300 V
  • Foil shield
  • PVC jacket-ITC and PLTC compliant, FT 4, and IEC 332-3 Cat. A

NEC, Article 727.4 allows ITC cable to be used:

  • "…as open wiring without metallic sheath or armor between cable tray and equipment…." Drops from a cable tray are allowed without additional auxiliary trays or raceways when there is adequate mechanical protection.
  • "…as open wiring where enclosed in a smooth metallic sheath, continuous corrugated metallic sheath, or interlocking tape armor applied over the nonmetallic sheath…." Armored ITC cable requires no additional mechanical protection and ahs no length limitation.
  • "…as open wiring between cable tray and equipment in lengths not to exceed 15 m (50 ft)…." Using "open wiring"-rated ITC cable does not require additional mechanical protection.

For more details, visit the Turck Website.

Emerson automates key Chinese power plants

Emerson Process Management has received a contract to install its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with Ovation® expert control system and FOUNDATION fieldbus technology in Units 7 and 8 of China's Zouxian Power Plant. The project, Zouxian Phase IV, represents the first installation of FOUNDATION fieldbus device technology for monitoring and controlling processes at a power generation facility in China.

FOUNDATION fieldbus, a critical component of Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture, has been proven in thousands of installations across industries worldwide to help plants achieve substantial cost savings and operational benefits. China's Huadian Group's application of FOUNDATION fieldbus and PlantWeb at Zouxian Units 7 and 8 reflects the power industry's growing adoption of these advanced technologies.

The new Zouxian units are among the first ultra-supercritical units in China with a 1,000-MW output rating. Ultra-supercritical plants use advanced clean coal technology that allows operation at elevated steam temperatures and pressures. Ultra-supercritical technologies are expected to become more prevalent in China because they boost the efficiency of coal-based electricity generation by more than 50% yet maintaining superior environmental performance.

For more information about PlantWeb, visit the Emerson Process Management Website.

Foxboro supplies BP with FOUNDATION, FDT technologies

BP and Invensys Foxboro have joined forces to become the first to implement two new FOUNDATION fieldbus system technologies—FDT and enhanced EDDL—in a pilot project employing more than 1000 fieldbus instruments.

The installation is located at BP's Gelsenkirchen, Germany, refinery, a long-time Foxboro user that initially ran its Spectrum system, then upgraded to the I/A Series system in the early 1990's. When BP made plans for a new sulphur recovery unit and reformat splitter at the facility, it once again turned to Invensys Foxboro, the first control system vendor to offer both of these technologies for FOUNDATION fieldbus systems.

By using Foxboro's new field device management tool with FDT, BP is looking forward to better analysis and diagnosis of their existing plant assets, including field devices, pumps, and motors, and a more transparent view over the plant status. Online direct access to process and field device status information will reduce plant operating and maintenance costs.

BP Global and Invensys Process Systems have established a partnership for process automation and plant asset management, using this project to define a new guideline and specification for all new upcoming projects using fieldbus technology worldwide. Plant start-up is scheduled for November 2006.

Click here to find out more.

Fieldbus process control for pharma applications

A split-architecture system from MooreHawke is doubling the number of Intrinsically Safe (IS) devices to provide better control and feedback in hazardous environments in the pharmaceutical industry.

Limitations on installing multiple sensors and other control devices in hazardous environments have led pharmaceutical plant engineers and integrators to search for a new solution that would let them maximize IS segment capacity and operational ease in hazardous applications, and give them the same level performance currently achieved in non-hazardous situations.

"To get the most bang for the buck during our last expansion, we used the MooreHawke RouteMaster™ system of power supplies and device couplers in our DeltaV DCS," says John Hutto, instrumentation and control engineer for Boehringer Ingelheim Fine Chemicals, Petersburg, VA. "This enabled us to get in the neighborhood of up to eight devices per segment. We could have gotten even more, but we like to limit our devices to those that are part of the same control loop or system, per segment. With ordinary FISCO, we could have only used about five, and that would be the maximum."

RouteMaster uses a split architecture with a field-mounted device coupler and an associated power supply with a safe-area interface. Now FM (US)-approved and SIRA (ATEX)-certified, the design enables intrinsically safe fieldbus segments to support up to 350 mA—enough to power 16 devices at 500 m—and still be intrinsically safe for hydrogen at the individual spur connection.

For more 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; 1-818-894-7111; or visit the company Website.

Smar protects legacy investments during controls migration

Retrofit I/O panel houses new control equipment at the ACE Ethanol plant.

ACE Ethanol has selected Smar's System302 enterprise automation system as the basis for its recent controls upgrade

The company wanted to eliminate the constraints of an outdated, proprietary PLC platform and be able to choose best-in-class automation products from different vendors. It sought to integrate new and existing instrumentation, wiring, and control hardware—and provide a manageable path to the latest technology.

After considering various suppliers, ACE chose the Smar option. Smar was responsible for installing a variety of new FOUNDATION fieldbus devices, converting existing 4-20 mA instruments to the fieldbus protocol and integrating conventional I/O to the new digital platform.

The open System302 architecture enabled true distributed control throughout the plant. It distributed control strategies to field instruments, enabled flexible device networking, and allowed free access to the process and devices by system software.

Thanks to fieldbus technology, PID algorithms are now located in field devices for more secure, reliable control closer to the process. Operators have a user-friendly, Web-based HMI integrating new and existing automation systems across the facility, and trending capabilities that provide tighter operations control.

Most important, ACE saved a significant amount of money by not having to replace existing wiring, enclosures, and field equipment. Plant management decided to leave conventional I/O in place where it made sense. In many cases, fieldbus devices were installed alongside existing analog controls.

For more information, visit the Smar Website.

Honeywell link schedule optimization saves time, money

A unique time-saving algorithm from Honeywell is optimizing the link function block publication schedule to save time and money.

Many FOUNDATION fieldbus technology projects have tens of thousands of devices per project. With projects of such size, pressure to improve performance is increasing. One way to do this is to optimize fieldbus link schedules for better control, more devices per link, better performance for related displays and applications, and less work for project engineers.

As installations grow, users need to place more devices on a link to share interface costs. The link schedule often limits the number of devices on a link because each device publication must be scheduled in synchronization with function block executions. By optimizing the link schedule, the user can use additional bandwidth to add more devices or improve link performance for other communications, such as display call-ups. The effect of potential latency reduction in control loops serves to provide better control and less wear on end-elements.

By optimizing the link function block publication schedule, the Honeywell algorithm maximizes parallel execution, minimizing loop latency to improve control and maximizing available communications bandwidth—resulting in savings in cost and time.

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ICE-Pros provides Fieldbus support

"Know why to say, yes!"

ICE-Pros Inc. can be a guide to your instrument and control engineering needs. As an independent, seasoned consulting firm specializing in fieldbus, process analyzer systems, and oil sands instrumentation and control, the company offers 18 yr of referenced experience on projects ranging up to, and including, multibillion dollar installations.

ICE-Pros' experience has covered a variety of industries and fieldbus activity since 1995, providing successful digital control system project management, equipment selection, system layout, engineering design, and commissioning execution. Divisions include: FieldbusSupport, a global fieldbus network troubleshooting association; BusTool, a fieldbus design and simulation tool; and DDManager, which assists users in managing their Device Description (DD) files. The company also has established an alliance with Tri-State Technology Center. The affiliation allows ICE-Pros training support and application research capabilities to fully test devices and systems—from function block behavior to installation design and system layout.

Click here to visit the ICE-Pros Inc. Website and learn how we can work together so will you "know why to say, yes!" on your next automation project.

MooreHawke: Fast, easy solutions for Fieldbus segments

MooreHawke Fieldbus device couplers and power supplies provide a fast, easy way to connect, protect, power, and terminate multiple fieldbus devices in FOUNDATION fieldbus segments. Available Trunkguard device couplers are designed for general purpose and non-incendive (Div. 1 and Zone 2) installations, and feature patented auto-segment termination and unique short-circuit protection.

When Trunkguard device couplers detect excess current on a fieldbus spur, they use a fold-back technique that locks in a small 2 mA load—just enough to turn on an LED—then removes the device from the segment. Once the short is removed, the coupler automatically resets the device on the network.

To reduce specification and installation time, Trunkguard device couplers are available in a variety of ready-to-install field-mount enclosures with cable glands. Enclosure options include GRP (glass reinforced polyester) and stainless steel, with glands for armored or unarmored cable.

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Turck: Why they're called "bricks"

Bricks are used to form the foundations of permanent structures expected to last for generations and withstand harsh environments. Turck's FOUNDATION fieldbus "bricks" are also designed for tough environments—industrial environments. These bricks are multi-port junction boxes that provide a rugged, superior connection to network field devices.

Turck offers two types of brick enclosures. "Copper free" aluminum brick enclosures are made with AL Si 12 alloy. "Copper free" aluminum alloys contain less than 0.4% copper. Turck's enclosures have less than 0.1% copper. This high-quality aluminum resists salt atmospheres, sulfur gases, and ammonium nitrate, and provides protection against galvanic corrosion. The die-cast molding method produces a tough housing excellent for mechanical stress applications.

The second enclosure material is glass-reinforced polyethylene. Manufactured using a heat pressure molding process makes the polyethylene H.M.W. material extremely resistant to harsh environments. Polyethylene is suitable for use with a wide range of chemicals. Your material supplier can provide information on compatibility with specific chemicals.

Both housings are rated NEMA 1, 3, 4, and 6P and IEC IP 68.

Click here to learn more.

Yamatake's control-valve maintenance support system

Yamatake's Valstaff advanced control-valve maintenance support system lets users visualize control valve health and provides maintenance advisory information. Based on more than 70 years of control valve manufacturing and field maintenance service experience, the system comes with either HART communication or FOUNDATION fieldbus with a AVP300 Series Smart Valve Positioner.

Features include a real-time condition monitoring and advisory alarm function to help reduce breakdown maintenance and total CV overhaul costs. CV health alarms generate maintenance requests to minimize unexpected control valve failures. Control valve and safety-related information can be monitored in real-time with the CV Stick Slip diagnostic function, which statistically monitors CV hysterics. The system also provides remote calibration of control valves through an auto set-up function in the smart valve positioner.

AVP 300 Series Smart Valve Positioner has operated in the field for more than a decade. More than 100,000 are installed, many in conventional 4-20 mA environments. Any conventional 4-20 mA AVP 300 may be upgraded to HART or FOUNDATION fieldbus communication environments.

For more information, visit the Yamatake Website.


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