April 2006
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Fieldbus Foundation plans European exhibits

Membership benefits: Compliance, confidence, credibility

Fieldbus Report presents latest technology news

Emerson handheld communicator makes HIST list

Siemens executive joins Foundation's board of directors

Yokogawa executive named to Fieldbus Foundation board

Three students win James O. Gray educational scholarships

Fieldbus Foundation issues new specs

More than 100 put stamp of approval on EUC meeting

Technology advancements shown at Interkama 2006

Sign-up for fieldbus seminars in North America

Dupont to host fieldbus technology program

Fieldbus developer training schedule

End-user events focus on EDDL

Tri-State University introduces new fieldbus course

First EPC seminar draws more than 100 attendees

Singapore hosts free FOUNDATION Fieldbus seminar


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Fieldbus Foundation plans European exhibits

Major Fieldbus Foundation exhibits will be on display at two upcoming global process automation events: Interkama, April 24-28, in Hannover, Germany (Hall 7, Stand A10); and Achema, May 15-19 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Hall 10.0, Stand M39-N42).

Interkama is billed as the world's leading trade fair for process automation. Achema international exhibition/congress, in its 28th year, will focus on key industries such as chemical engineering, environmental protection, and biotechnology.

Fieldbus Foundation's Interkama booth will feature purpose-built kiosks showing FOUNDATION fieldbus applications and solutions through displays and demonstrations of registered devices, host systems, and tools and services available from at least 16 leading automation equipment suppliers. Experts will be on hand to provide visitors, integrators, contractors, and engineers with information and to exchange experiences with other fieldbus users.

Highlights at the stand will include demonstrations of FOUNDATION fieldbus High Speed Ethernet (HSE) technology, FOUNDATION fieldbus Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), and Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) integration.

Marc Van Pelt, Fieldbus Foundation vice president of EMEA operations, anticipates a busy show. "With over 625,000 FOUNDATION-compliant devices and 10,000 fieldbus systems shipped or installed to date," he said, "the strong growth for FOUNDATION fieldbus technology throughout the process control market in all global market areas and across all industries is clear to see."

Van Pelt added, "Several significant milestones have been achieved since Interkama 2005. Earlier this year, the Fieldbus Foundation was granted Protocol Type Approval of its safety instrumented systems up to, and including, Safety Integrity Level 3 by TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service. This paves the way towards a choice of fieldbus devices from multiple suppliers that meet the requirements of IEC 61511 (functional safety: safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector). That, together with the progress made with the OPC Foundation, HART Communication Foundation and Profibus Nutzerorganisation to expand support for EDDL technology enhancements, gives the Fieldbus Foundation plenty to show visitors to our stand."

Other activities include a briefing to the German trade press on the Fieldbus Foundation booth Tuesday, April 25th, followed by a reception. Dr. Günter Kegel, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC), will update the foundation's recent technological developments. He will also highlight some of the Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA marketing activities and German end-user initiatives. Other members of the EMEA EAC will be present during the press event and reception so that members of the press may meet key executives committed to high profile marketing activities within the region.

Members participating at Interkama 2006 thus far include: ABB, Bürkert, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus International, Hans Turck, Kerpen, Masoneilan - Dresser, Metso, MTL Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Samson, Softing, Wika, and Yokogawa.

Click here for more information on Interkama and Achema.



Membership benefits: Compliance, confidence, credibility

Fieldbus Foundation technology and membership are growing at a record pace, bringing compliance, confidence, and credibility for end users, and providing reassurance for new investments. New members last month include New Age Micro, Northwire Inc, Dalian Huayelian Automation Co., Ltd., and Fieldbus Diagnostics LLC.

As demand grows for equipment implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus, manufacturers, engineers, integrators, and educational institutions are joining the Fieldbus Foundation to gain first-hand knowledge of fieldbus control strategies. Foundation members receive:

  • Licensed copy of the latest FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications;
  • Intellectual property rights license allowing technology development;
  • Discounts on all fieldbus development products and training courses;
  • Opportunity to sponsor end-user seminars, tradeshow events, technical demonstrations, and more;
  • Access to Fieldbus Forums (including members-only area), an online forum for discussing fieldbus-related issues; and
  • Opportunity to participate on technical or marketing teams driving the technology.

To obtain membership information, e-mail info@fieldbus.org

Click here for a list of membership benefits and to download a membership application.



Fieldbus Report presents latest technology news

Fieldbus Report, Fieldbus Foundation's latest worldwide publication, is now available. An authoritative source for FOUNDATION fieldbus technology news, end-user application articles, product developments, and more, the glossy, 36-p supplement is published twice a year in April and September.

Topics in the April issue include:

  • High Speed Ethernet (HSE) technology
  • Top 10 Myths about FOUNDATION Fieldbus
  • Fieldbus growth in Middle East
  • Industry cooperation on EDDL
  • TUV approval of SIS
  • Fieldbus diagnostic tools
  • Fieldbus isolation techniques
  • Offshore oil and gas applications
  • Rising global installation rate
  • End-user training
  • Deten success story
  • Fieldbus product highlights

Fieldbus Report is free and may be downloaded from the Fieldbus Foundation Website. It will also be distributed at all upcoming fieldbus exhibits, including Achema, Interkama, and ISA Expo.

Click here to download a copy of Fieldbus Report.


Emerson handheld communicator makes HIST list

Emerson Process Management's 375 Field Communicator has successfully completed Fieldbus Foundation's Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST).

The device is the first—and currently the only—handheld communicator on the list of 16 HIST-tested and compliant host systems that have passed the test. The 375 is also the only available intrinsically safe handheld communicator that supports FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART devices from all suppliers. Universal support is a primary requirement of process manufacturing users. The 375 Field Communicator is also a key component of Emerson's PlantWeb® digital plant architecture.

HIST results show which features on the Fieldbus Foundation's host feature checklist are supported by a compliant host system. This comprehensive test program ensures that a supplier's host system incorporates FOUNDATION fieldbus' robust functionality and accurately communicates with any registered FOUNDATION fieldbus device.

"End users benefit from the wide availability of rigorously tested host systems," said Richard Timoney, president and CEO of the Fieldbus Foundation. "The list of HIST compliant hosts continues to grow, providing users with the 'freedom to choose' when developing plant automation strategies."

Click here for a copy of the Fieldbus Foundation letter of compliance and the conformance feature checklist for the 375 field communicator.


Siemens executive joins Foundation's board of directors

Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller, president of Siemens AG Process Instrumentation and Analytics Div., has been named to the Fieldbus Foundation board of directors.

Kumpfmueller joins other leading executives serving in this capacity. In addition to Kumpfmueller, members include Chairman John Berra of Emerson Process Management; Kenneth Deken, Rockwell Automation; David Eisner, Honeywell; Motofumi Matsumura, Fuji; Shuzo Kaihori, Yokogawa; Jim Porter, DuPont; Claude Ricaud, Schneider Electric; Ron Szanyi, ExxonMobil; Mark Taft, ABB; Hirozume Sone, Yamatake Corp., and John Eva, Invensys.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney congratulated Kumpfmueller on his selection. "Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller will be a valuable asset to our organization as a director. He is a well-respected industry figure with extensive experience in the fields of instrumentation and analytical sciences. We welcome his contributions to the Fieldbus Foundation, as well as the continued support of Siemens AG."

Kumpfmueller holds a degree in electronics engineering and has had an extensive career in the automation industry. Prior to joining the Siemens Automotive Systems Group in 1981, he worked at Grundig with oscilloscopes and video cameras. At Siemens, he has been involved in the development of electronic controllers such as electronic diesel injection, all-wheel drive, and anti-lock braking systems (ABS). In 1991, Kumpfmueller became head of quality for the Siemens Car Electronics Div. He later was named executive vice president for the company's automotive electronics plant in South Korea. Kumpfmueller returned to Germany in 1997 as manager of Siemens Automation & Drives field device business. Since 2000, he has been president of the Siemens Process Instrumentation & Analytics Division.

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Yokogawa executive named to Fieldbus Foundation board

Shuzo Kaihori, vice president of industrial automation business headquarters for Yokogawa Electric Corp., has also been named to the Fieldbus Foundation board of directors. Kaihori replaces Teruyoshi Minaki, who served for the past two years.

Kaihori joins other leading executives serving in this capacity. In addition to Kaihori, members include Chairman John Berra of Emerson Process Management; Kenneth Deken, Rockwell Automation; David Eisner, Honeywell; Motofumi Matsumura, Fuji; Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller, Siemens AG; Jim Porter, DuPont; Claude Ricaud, Schneider Electric; Ron Szanyi, ExxonMobil; Mark Taft, ABB; Hirozume Sone, Yamatake Corp., and John Eva, Invensys.

As the board's newest member, Kaihori looks forward to taking an active role in the future direction of FOUNDATION fieldbus.™ "I am honored to have an opportunity to join the foundation board," said Kaihori. "FOUNDATION fieldbus is recognized as a worldwide automation standard that is widening its application coverage, and I am looking forward to serving with my industry colleagues to help keep the technology beneficial to end users."

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney welcomed Kaihori to the board. "Shuzo Kaihori will be a valuable contributor to our organization. He has extensive knowledge of control systems application and is an enthusiastic and hard-working executive."

Kaihori has had a lengthy career with Yokogawa Electric Corp. Before becoming vice president of industrial automation business headquarters for Yokogawa Electric Corp., Japan, he served as president of Yokogawa Corporation of America. He holds bachelors and master's degrees in engineering.

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Three students win James O. Gray educational scholarships

Three students have been named 2006 recipients of James O. Gray—Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarships. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, long-time Fieldbus Foundation leader who passed away in 2002. This year's winners include:

  • Dinh Quang Lam, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore. The Vietnam native will graduate from Singapore Polytechnic in 2006 with a degree in electrical and computer control engineering. His background includes the use of fieldbus technology in pilot plant applications. Dinh has been on Singapore Polytechnic's Director's Honor Roll for two consecutive years. He is seeking a career in the instrumentation and control industry.
  • Gias Ahmed, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Enrolled in the industrial instrumentation technology program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Gias Ahmed has more than 13 years experience working in Bangladesh's natural gas transmission, distribution, and utility industries. He has been involved with computerized natural gas metering systems, and is skilled in the installation, commissioning, and maintenance of gas regulating and metering equipment. Gias hopes to expand his knowledge of industrial instrumentation technology.
  • Shawn Loonam, Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA. Shawn has a strong interest in instrumentation and control technology. He is studying for an associate of applied science degree, and believes fieldbus technology is becoming the preferred means of communications in the instrumentation field. He serves as president of Lee College's ISA student section and is vice president of public relations and a senator for Phi Theta Kappa, the honors society for two-year colleges.

"The James O. Gray—Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund is honored to award these scholarships for a fourth consecutive year," said Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney. "The foundation and scholarship recipients are thankful for the donations from industrial automation industry members around the world, whose support is keeping the technology strong."

Jim Gray was sales and marketing manager for Invensys/Foxboro for 25. In addition to being active in Fieldbus Foundation from its inception, he served as secretary of its Board of Directors and was a member of its executive committee and U.S. marketing committee.

The James O. Gray—Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship creates a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund for educational scholarships, which provide annual awards of up to $1,000. Scholarships are awarded to students around the world seeking a career in industrial automation.

Foundation members, and those interested in the progress of the automation industry, are encouraged to participate in the James O. Gray—Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund. For information on the various levels of support and more details on the scholarship program, contact Maggie Carlson at the Fieldbus Foundation at 512-794-8890, ext. 21; or visit the Fieldbus Foundation Web site.


Fieldbus Foundation issues new specs

Fieldbus Foundation has issued new FOUNDATION fieldbus™ specifications. The updated version defines features that enhance fieldbus functionality and provide additional incentives to get automation equipment suppliers on the "Fast Track to Fieldbus."

Fieldbus Foundation's 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 essential for controls and instrumentation manufacturers wanting to take advantage of the rising demand for fieldbus-based control solutions.

"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. 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 enables a host system manufacturer to create a single engineering environment capable of supporting any device, from any supplier, using any communications protocol, without the need for 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 IEC 61804-2 standard ensures the enhancements are backward- and forward-compatible.

Fieldbus Foundation members purchasing or renewing a specification maintenance agreement will automatically receive a copy of FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and HSE Specification 6.0, including all updates.

Click here for more information about FOUNDATION fieldbus specifications and maintenance agreement options.


More than 100 put stamp of approval on EUC meeting

Fieldbus Foundation terms its latest End User Council (EUC) meeting a success. Held in Germany, February 14th, at the Frankfurt Höchst Industrial Park, the meeting was coordinated by the Fieldbus Foundation's German Marketing Committee. It was the first end user and engineering contractor event for 2006 planned by the Fieldbus Foundation's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Steering Committee. EUC meetings offer end users, engineering contractors, system integrators, and suppliers of fieldbus equipment the opportunity to share experiences about implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus™ technology in their applications.

Some 106 attendees and 15 manufacturers of FOUNDATION fieldbus equipment participated. The program included end-user presentations, practical demonstrations of FOUNDATION fieldbus functionalities such as "control in the field" and "backup link active scheduler (LAS)", and a discussion of the diagnostics capabilities of fieldbus systems. Attendees also had the opportunity to view table top displays of manufacturers of DCS, sensor, actuator, and FOUNDATION fieldbus components.

End-user presentations addressed a variety of topics:

  • Best-practice fieldbus installation
  • Shielding and grounding in FOUNDATION fieldbus networks
  • State of the art maintenance strategies
  • Exchange of experiences with FOUNDATION technology

Two key FOUNDATION fieldbus functionalities were demonstrated on a multi vendor installation of 30 field devices in the form of a virtual plant. The "backup LAS" demonstration showed that, even during a DCS failure and failure of the LAS, a field device can be used to replace the DCS and ensure the safe plant operation. Another highlighted "control in the field" functionality using sensors and actuators to implement a PID control loop directly in the field. The "control in the field" functionality operates independently of the chosen DCS.

Table top exhibits included demonstrations of new diagnostics modules that allow the analysis of both field devices and the physical layer of the fieldbus system. These advanced diagnostics modules enable preventive maintenance in fieldbus installations by monitoring the physical layer to detect potential failures faster, letting the end user rectify problems and avoid downtime.

The agenda concluded with a presentation by Marc Van Pelt, vice president of Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations. He explained the global organization and current and future technological developments such as the integration of safety instrumented systems (SIS) and the H1/High Speed Ethernet (HSE) integrated architecture.

In conclusion, he commented "I am very proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of the EMEA Steering Committee and regional marketing committees that are dedicated to implementing the EMEA Executive Advisory Council's directives. We are all committed to promoting the adoption of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology by end users throughout the region. This German end-user event was the first of the 2006 program of EMEA focused initiatives to include EUC meetings, engineering contractor events, local seminars, and participation at trade exhibitions such as this year's Interkama and ACHEMA shows in Germany".

Click here for more information about the 2006 schedule of EUC and engineering contractor events.


Technology advancements shown at Interkama 2006

Fieldbus Foundation™ unveiled its exhibit plans for the Interkama+ 2006 International Trade Fair to be held April 24-29 in Hannover, Germany. Using the theme "Freedom to choose. power to integrate", Fieldbus Foundation will demonstrate global strengths and capabilities in process and hybrid applications on its 200 sq m booth in Hall 7, stand A10.

Coordinated by the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee, the new booth will feature purpose-built kiosks showing key fieldbus applications and FOUNDATION fieldbus™ solutions through displays and demonstrations of registered devices, host systems, tools, and services from at least sixteen automation equipment suppliers. Experts will be available to give visiting end users, integrators, contractors, and engineers information and exchange experiences with other fieldbus users.

Highlights include demonstrations of FOUNDATION fieldbus High Speed Ethernet (HSE) technology, FOUNDATION fieldbus safety instrumented systems (FF-SIS), and electronic device description language (EDDL) integration.

Marc Van Pelt, vice president of Fieldbus Foundation—EMEA Operations, anticipates a busy show. "With over 625,000 FOUNDATION-compliant devices and 10,000 fieldbus systems shipped or installed to date, the strong growth for FOUNDATION fieldbus technology throughout the process control market in all global market areas and across all industries is clear to see".

He added, "Several significant milestones have been achieved since Interkama 2005. Earlier this year the Fieldbus Foundation was granted Protocol Type Approval of its safety instrumented systems up to and including safety integrity level 3 by TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service. This paves the way towards a choice of fieldbus devices from multiple suppliers that meet the requirements of IEC 61511 (functional safety: safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector). That, together with the progress made with the OPC Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, and Profibus Nutzerorganisation to expand support for EDDL technology enhancements, gives the Fieldbus Foundation plenty to show visitors to our stand".

In addition, a promotional event at the booth, daily from 17.00-18.00, will offer light refreshments and an opportunity to win Fieldbus Foundation footballs. A briefing to the German trade press will also take place at the booth on Tuesday April 25 from 15.00-16.00, followed by a reception. Dr Günter Kegel, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC) will update Fieldbus Foundation's recent technological developments, including the launch of the FF-SIS development project and progress made by the EDDL cooperation team. He will also highlight some of the Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA marketing activities and German end-user initiatives. Other members of the EMEA EAC will be present during the event and reception to meet with the press.

Participating members at Interkama+ 2006, thus far, include: ABB, Bürkert, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus International, Hans Turck, Kerpen, Masoneilan Dresser, Metso, MTL Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Samson, Softing, Wika, and Yokogawa.

Click here for a pdf previewing the booth.

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Foundation's website or email germany@fieldbus.org.


Sign-up for fieldbus seminars in North America

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.



Dupont to host fieldbus technology program

Fieldbus Foundation End User Council (EUC) will conduct a free one-day seminar on fieldbus technology this spring. Hosted by Dupont, a leading adopter of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology, the program is scheduled for May 3, 2006 in Wilmington, DE.

Topics to be discussed include: Integrated H1+HSE fieldbus architecture, physical layer components, interoperability, fieldbus economics, and the top ten fieldbus myths. In addition, automation suppliers will display their latest FOUNDATION fieldbus equipment. Attendees will receive a CD with technical guides, the Fieldbus Report supplement, and much more. Registration is free and lunch will be served.

The seminar will be repeated in Charlotte, NC on May 16 and in Atlanta, GA on May 23.

Click here to register for the May 3 seminar in Wilmington.

Click here to register for the May 16 seminar in Charlotte.

Click here to register for the May 23 seminar in Atlanta.



Fieldbus developer training schedule


Get On the Fast Track to Fieldbus by attending a Fieldbus workshop. Fieldbus Foundation offers training covering such topics as: Fieldbus Overview, Advanced Technical, DD Workshop, and the Project Management Workshop.

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

Upcoming 2006 Fieldbus workshops:
Course Location Date Early Registration Deadline
(15% discount)
Final Registration Deadline
Fieldbus Overview Brielle, Netherlands May 30 April 4 May 9
Advanced Technical Brielle, Netherlands May 31-June 2 April 4 May 9
DD Workshop Brielle, Netherlands June 6-9 April 11 May 16
Project Management Austin, TX, USA June 22-23 April 27 June 1
Fieldbus Overview Austin, TX, USA July 10 May 15 June 19
Advanced Technical Austin, TX, USA July 11-13 May 15 June 19

Click here to review workshop agendas and to register.



End-user events focus on EDDL

"EDDL-The Key To Interoperability," a free end-user seminar organized by the EDDL Cooperation Team (ECT), will report on the status of EDDL harmonization and enhancements achieved and on future developments for the technology at this year's Interkama and Achema trade fairs. EDDL is an integration method for incorporating field devices into automation technology.

Organization leaders from Fieldbus Foundation, OPC Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, and Profibus User Organization (PNO) will outline the benefits of EDDL technology from their point of view. They will also demonstrate how EDDL is used in different host systems. The four experts will also be available for one-on-one discussions.

Seminars are scheduled for April 26, 2006 at Interkama (Hall 2, Prague Room Gallery; 10:00-12:00 in German and 14:00-16:00 in English) and May 16, 2006 at Achema (Hall 10.2, Inspiration Room 2-3; 10:00-12:00 in German and English).

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Web site.



Tri-State University introduces new fieldbus course

A new course focusing on fieldbus system engineering and design is being offered by Tri-State University's Technology Center. "FF-201: Engineering and Design of Fieldbus Systems," will be held for the first time May 9-10. The two-day course will give participants an understanding of the principles on which fieldbus systems are designed. Classroom exercises will reinforce lecture material.

FF-100 "Introduction to FOUNDATION fieldbus," a prerequisite to FF-201, will be offered the day before on May 8. Both will take place at the TSU Technology Center at TSU North in Angola, IN. Customized, on-site training may also be arranged.

TSU Technology Center, the regional training center for the Great Lakes/Midwest region, is also developing a laboratory and pilot plant facility focusing on the petrochemical, refining, food/pharmaceutical, and alternate energy industries in that area. The facility, to be completed later this year, will be available for lease to industry.

Click here for more information.



First EPC seminar draws more than 100 attendees

More than 100 attendees helped contribute to the success of the first Fieldbus Engineering Procurement Contractor (EPC) seminar of the year, held at Bechtel Corp. in Houston, TX last month.

Representatives from leading engineering firms, end users, and integrators participated. "It was very informative," said Steven Bates, senior electrical engineer at AGAR. "I learned a lot about fieldbus and got to meet a number of vendors that sell fieldbus gear. In addition, I really got a feel about the growth and demand for fieldbus as felt by Bechtel and Shell."

Seven more educational seminars will be held this year in key industrial locations in North America. Topics to be covered include the Top Ten Fieldbus Myths, Why Use Fieldbus, Fieldbus Economics, Physical Layer, User Layer, High Speed Ethernet (HSE), Host Interoperability, and EDDL.

Click here to sign up for one of the seminars and Get on the Fast Track to Fieldbus!

Fieldbus Educational Seminars

May 3 Wilmington, DE (Dupont Country Club, 1001 Rockland Road)
May 16 Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 West Trade Street)
May 23 Atlanta, GA (Embassy Suites Hotel, 4700 Southpost Road)
June 27 St. Louis, MO (Renaissance St. Louis Airport, 9801 Natural Bridge Road)
Sept.19 Philadelphia, PA (Wyndham Philadelphia, 17th & Race Street)
Nov. 14 Puerto Rico (San Juan Resort & Stellaris Casino Marriott, 1309 Avenida Ashford)

Engineering Procurement Contractor Seminars

September 14, Vancouver, Canada (BCIT, 3700 Willingdon Ave)




Singapore hosts free FOUNDATION Fieldbus seminar

Be first to hear about the latest developments in FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology and its impact on future decision-making processes. A seminar titled "New level of control and safety through improved networking and device management" will be held in Singapore at the end of this month. The event will take place April 28, 2006 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm at the Crown Hotel at Orchard, 270 Orchard Road, Singapore 238857, Tel: (65) 6732 1111.

Topics to be covered include:

  • High Speed Ethernet (HSE)
  • Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL)
  • Fieldbus for SIS
  • Managing Intelligent Devices

Click here for more information or to register.


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