Make plans to visit the Fieldbus Foundation ?s booth at ISA EXPO 2006, October 17-19, in Houston, Texas. Leading automation equipment suppliers will present a FOUNDATION fieldbus exhibit that's a "must see" for every ISA attendee!
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Korean standards association granted specification copyright
Responding to the growth of fieldbus technology in Korea, the Fieldbus Foundation has granted a copyright for its FOUNDATION specification to the Korea Association of Standard Automation Systems (KASAS).
Fieldbus standard development is being carried out by Fieldbus Forum, a Korean industry standardization group headed by Yong Sun Moon of Sunchun University, chairman of Working Group 50 (steel process industry); and professor Han Sil Kim of Ulsan University, chairman of Working Group 1 (process control).
"We are pleased to support Korean industry in preparing a national fieldbus standard," said Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney. This copyright agreement demonstrates our commitment to work with international and national standards bodies for the advancement of FOUNDATION technology."
I.Y. Cho, KASAS executive director, said, "We thank the Fieldbus Foundation for their cooperation in working with KASAS on the development of this most important standard for our Korean process industries, and look forward to successful completion of the standard."
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Asia-Pacific technology facility moves to Tokyo
Fieldbus Foundation's Asia-Pacific FOUNDATION technology facility has relocated to Waseda's Kikuicho campus in Tokyo.
Established in 2003 in cooperation with Waseda University in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan, as part of Waseda's Industrial Open Network Laboratory, and set up jointly with its Advanced Research Institute for Science and Engineering, the FOUNDATION technology facility is the first of its kind in Far East Asia. It is used for consultancy services for fieldbus end users, device/system suppliers, and integration firms; integration testing; interoperability demonstrations; technical seminars; and custom training courses.
The new Kikuicho location consists of three FOUNDATION-compliant host systems, 20 fieldbus instruments, and three sets of accessories, provided by Fieldbus Foundation members. The facility monitors and controls air pressure and temperature in a pilot plant. A co-generation plant at the campus will be used to apply fieldbus technology for educational and examination purposes.
Said Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, "We are pleased to continue our partnership with Waseda University. The new Tokyo facility will provide valuable technical assistance for automation industry members in Asia-Pacific, allowing them to share in the performance and business benefits of FOUNDATION technology."
The Fieldbus Foundation-Japan organization will continue to support the Waseda University facility with additional installations of FOUNDATION instruments and host systems, and through the creation of a training curriculum supporting the implementation of FOUNDATION technology in Japan.
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Three C's of membership benefits: compliance, confidence, credibility
Adoption and growth of FOUNDATION technology at a record pace provides end users with the three "Cs" of membership benefits: compliance, confidence, and credibility, and reassurance for new investments. New members of the Fieldbus Foundation include Shanghai Welltech Automation, LappUSA, MTS Sensors Division, M-System Co. Ltd., Harold Beck & Sons Inc., Koso America, and Kongsberg Maritime.
As the market for equipment implementing FOUNDATION technology expands, manufacturers, engineers, integrators, and educational institutions are joining the Fieldbus Foundation to gain first-hand knowledge of fieldbus control strategies.
Foundation members receive:
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Seoul, Beijing seminars draw capacity crowds
Recent FOUNDATION fieldbus educational seminars in Seoul, South Korea, and Beijing, China were highly successful, drawing capacity crowds. The goal of the events was to teach automation end users and EPCs in the Asia/Pacific market about the advantages of fieldbus technology.
The Seoul seminar, held June 13 at the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies Building, was the first official Fieldbus Foundation seminar in Korea. More than 120 attended, including a "who's who" of the Korean end-user and EPC community from the petrochemical, steel, ship building, and construction industries. Companies represented included GS Caltex, Posco, Hyundai Construction, DaeWoo Engineering, HoNam Petrochemical, KumHo Chemical, and Samsung Heavy Industries.
Presentations covered FOUNDATION technology basics and such key topics as device interoperability, control in the field, and host system integration. The seminar also included an end-user case study and EPC presentation on project management and design considerations. J.H. Nam of Hanhwa Construction, a large Korean EPC firm, described his company's fieldbus project experiences and findings from installations in the Middle East petrochemical industry.
Seoul seminar sponsors included: ABB, Emerson, Honeywell, Invensys, Moore, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, R. Stahl, Siemens, Turck, Weidmuller, Yamatake, and Yokogawa.
The Beijing seminar held June 15 at the Wozhou Crown Plaza Hotel. Some 260 attendees registered, including approximately 200 end-users and EPCs. Sinopec and other leading members of China's process industries participated.
Presentations addressed fieldbus economics and physics, fieldbus object models, High Speed Ethernet (HSE), host interoperability, and Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL). Sponsors included: ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, MTL, National Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, Samson, Smar, Turck, Yamatake, and Yokogawa.
Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney attended the seminars, providing introductory and closing remarks. Tabletop displays showed the latest FOUNDATION fieldbus products from leading control vendors.
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Netherlands training set for November
"Get on the Fast Track" to Fieldbus with a hands-on FOUNDATION Technology Workshop. Training courses include the Fieldbus Overview, Advanced Technical, and DD Workshop.
Workshops meet the growing requirements of automation professionals for comprehensive fieldbus training. Whether you need to learn the basics of the technology or stay abreast of the latest developments, these training courses will meet your needs.
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Here's a schedule of upcoming FOUNDATION technology workshops:
|Course||Location||Date||Early Registration Deadline
|Final Registration Deadline|
|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 is a basic introduction to FOUNDATION technology using a working fieldbus system. Topics covered include: fieldbus concepts, wiring, basic messaging, function blocks, and applications. This class is directed at marketing professionals and application engineers.
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 FOUNDATION fieldbus function blocks. The course is intended for device developers, test engineers, and those needing detailed knowledge of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Prerequisite: Fieldbus Overview.
DD 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; display complex data in graphical format; and learn to preserve device data and retrieve them for later processing. In addition, the course will provide hands-on learning for writing and testing actual Device Descriptions using FOUNDATION fieldbus Tokenizer and DD Super Viewer tools.
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End-user seminar scheduled for Puerto Rico
Fieldbus Foundation will offer a FREE Educational Seminar on November 14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico to explain what FOUNDATION technology has to offer. Topics include:
The event will include a hands-on fieldbus interoperability demonstration that connects user-selected devices from the tabletop exhibits to a pre-selected host.
Registration is FREE and includes lunch. Manufacturers will display their latest FOUNDATION equipment. Attendees will receive a CD of technical guides, the Fieldbus Report supplement, and more.
Click here to register for the San Juan, Puerto Rico, educational seminar.
Asia Pacific to host end-user/EPC seminars
In response to growing end-user acceptance of FOUNDATION technology in the Asia-Pacific region, Fieldbus Foundation Asia-Pacific marketing team is planning several Fieldbus End User/EPC Seminars for the area. Here is a list of upcoming seminars.
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ABB chooses Orlando for Automation World 2007
ABB's ABB Automation World 2007 Users Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Caribe Royale resort in Orlando, Florida, Mar. 20-22, 2007. Attendees will participate in user- and ABB-conducted technical sessions that show how ABB's automation solutions deliver measurable results, and will discuss practical application of existing and new technologies.
ABB's Automation World gathers a cross-section of ABB customers, channel partners, and employees under the same roof. More than 2,500 attended the 2006 event in Houston, TX, May 9-11. Attendance exceeded the previous year's total by more than 45%. It featured 400 workshops and a 40,000 sq ft exhibition hall of hands-on demonstrations and displays of ABB automation products and systems. On display was a variety of ABB FOUNDATION fieldbus products and solutions. They included 2600T pressure transmitters, temperature products, flowmeters such as the new FSM4000 magmeter, TB82 pH and conductivity analyzers, and TZIDC smart valve positioners.
The event also featured a workshop, "Improving the Lifecycle with FOUNDATION Fieldbus," which covered the lifecycle benefits of using FOUNDATION technology. It walked attendees through a typical lifecycle model of an automation plant, from early planning stages though installation and retirement.
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Rockwell schedules process solutions users group
Rockwell Automation invites end-users to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge at the 5th Annual Rockwell Automation Process Solutions Users Group (PSUG) meeting, Oct. 23-24, 2006 in Baltimore, MD, at the Tremont Grand Meeting Facility. The goal of a PSUG meeting is to share and benefit from user experiences, which provide Rockwell Automation with industry input on products and solution delivery.
Attendees will hear how best practices remove the risk and expense in defining, scheduling, and producing products. The agenda covers topics in batch, continuous, repetitive, and hybrid manufacturing environments. Presentations will discuss industry standards that drive winning solutions.
Following PSUG, attendees are encouraged to stay and visit Automation Fair 2006, which runs Oct. 25-26, 2006, also in Baltimore. It focuses on advanced automation products, integrated control and information architectures, valued-add services, and related solutions. The two events offer a great learning experience in one city during the same week.
Space is limited. Click here to register for or to learn more about the Process Solutions User Group today!
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EDDL Cooperation Team moves ahead with language extensions
Keeping pace with end-user demands, the Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) Cooperation Team (ECT) is continuing its maintenance/compliance activities and rapid development of new extensions to the language.
The first phase of ECT extensionsincluding robust organization and graphical visualization of device data, and support for persistent data storagewas approved unanimously by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The extensions are now included in the IEC 61804-3 and IEC 61803-4 international standards for EDDL.
The second phaseincluding integration of the OPC Foundation's Unified Architectureis in the development phase. Some features are beginning the validation phase.
ECT extensions to the IEC standards enable EDDLs to continue to be open and interoperable, covering simple to complex devices while retaining operating system and hardware platform independence. They protect the more than 15 million EDDL-based field devices that have been installed worldwide, while providing new and more powerful device description capabilities for new devices.
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Progress report: SIS demonstration project moves ahead
Progress is being made with SIS fieldbus technology as work continues with the Fieldbus Foundation Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) protocol and SIS demonstration project.
Last year, the Fieldbus Foundation Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) protocol received Protocol Type Approval for meeting the requirements of the IEC 61508 standard for functional safety of electrical, electronic, and programmable electronic safety-related systems, up to, and including, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3. The Protocol Type Approval was granted by TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service GmbH, a global, independent, and accredited testing agency.
In April, Shell Global Solutions in Amsterdam hosted the kickoff of the SIS demonstration project. The technology demonstration is being sponsored by ABB, BIFFI, BP, Chevron, Dresser, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus Diagnostics, HIMA, Honeywell, Invensys/Triconex, Magnetrol, Metso Automation, Moore Industries, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Saudi Aramco, Shell Global Solutions, Smar, Softing, TopWorx, TÜV Rheinland, Westlock Controls, and Yokogawa.
Over the next two years BP, Chevron, Shell Global Solutions, and Saudi Aramco will receive and evaluate SIS field devices, logic solvers, and host systems. The demonstration team, end users, and suppliers, working with the ISA SP84 WG1 members on safety fieldbus and other experts, will develop best practices and guidelines for installing Fieldbus Foundation SIS technology and documenting capital and operating expenditure reductions delivered by SIS fieldbus technology.
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Fieldbus Foundation releases updated HSE test kit
High Speed Ethernet (HSE) Conformance Test Kit 2.0 is now available. Fieldbus Foundation released the new test kit version to provide enhanced capabilities for developing and testing FOUNDATION Class 42c HSE field and linking devices.
The HCTK 2.0 test kit is a complete package that allows a user to ensure a manufacturer's stack conforms to the official HSE registration testing completed by the Fieldbus Foundation. Tool for troubleshooting and debugging HSE devices will verify the correct communication behavior of an HSE device as defined in the HSE specifications.
HCTK 2.0 advances the testing compliance of HSE devices from the Class 42a-2 profile (supporting configuration of H1 devices from HSE) to the Class 42c profile (allowing automatic exchange of function block parameters between H1 ports, and between H1 and HSE). The test kit includes additional test cases for testing device compliance with the extended Class 42c HSE protocol.
Said Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation's manager-fieldbus products, "With the release of the HCTK 2.0, device developers have a powerful tool making it easier to develop, test, and register Class 42c HSE devices. The foundation is committed to supporting the developer community by expanding its portfolio of device interoperability and conformance testing solutions."
The new version features a Bridge Function Tester, including both hardware and software, for testing bridging capabilities between two H1 fieldbus links through an HSE linking device. The H1-H1 Bridge provides synchronous communication between H1 links and maintains periodic (isochronous) communication between the measurement and final element. For the end users, the 42c linking device enhances interoperability, establishing peer-to-peer communication across individual segments.
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SECCO: Petrochemical plant among most highly automated
A new, $2.7 billion ethylene cracker complexone of the largest integrated petrochemical plants in the Far Eastwas recently commissioned by the Shanghai SECCO Petrochemical Company Ltd., a joint venture between BP, Sinopec, and Shanghai Petrochemical Corp. (SPC). The complex is among the world's most highly automated petrochemical facilities.
At the Shanghai complex, FOUNDATION fieldbus-based systems manage over 48,000 control loops, with about 166,000 I/O tags; 40,000 instruments; and some 13,000 intelligent devices throughout the facility; and communicate with more than 23,000 field devices used to control the ethylene cracker and nine downstream derivative plants. More than 80% of the fieldbus devices at the SECCO complex are used for control in the field. Some 25,000 points are hardwired to the automation system, and there are more than 70,000 cables in the facility.
Operation status of FOUNDATION fieldbus controls has been excellent during the first year of installation, said. Wu Guoliang, SECCO's senior instrument counselor. "The bus information response speed fully meets the requirements of chemical process control. Basically, all the bus devices operate stably and reliably."
SECCO specified FOUNDATION technology because of its ability to provide robust device, equipment, and process health information, regardless physical location. The company believes the fieldbus' system self-diagnostic capabilities would support its plant optimization strategies and increase operational uptime.
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CSPC: Real-time diagnostics enable proactive maintenance
The new CSPC (CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Co. Ltd.) petrochemical complex at Nanhai in southern China is one of the world's largest FOUNDATION fieldbus projects for the process industries. The installation includes 3,000 FOUNDATION fieldbus segments and 16,000 fieldbus devices.
Similar in scale to the SECCO facility in Shanghai, CSPC Nanhai is a nine-plant complex centered on an 800,000 tpa (tons per annum) ethylene cracker. World-scale downstream plants will produce low- and high-density polyethylene, polypropylene, ethylene oxide/ethylene glycol, styrene monomer, and a range of polyols and glycols.
Johan Veerman, principal instrument and process control engineer at CSPC, said, "FOUNDATION fieldbus was the obvious choice for communications. In today's world, it's essential to have networks integrate with each other, and to utilize the information flowing through them. Process instrumentation is being increasingly field networked to deal with the huge quantities of field data. Compared to conventional 4-20 mA systems, fieldbus networks are more flexible in terms of wiring, information flow, maintenance, and so on."
He added, "FOUNDATION fieldbus doesn't just reduce the cost of wiring. It also transmits a lot of information in an intelligent way, making it possible to do remote monitoring, real-time self-diagnostics and predictive maintenance of field devices, as well as plant resource management using field communication. This will greatly reduce operating costs of instrumentation systems."
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SCA: Fieldbus supports high-efficiency operation
SCA Tissue's new papermaking, converting, and distribution complex in Barton, AL, USA, is one of the paper industry's largest FOUNDATION fieldbus installations, and was the company's first "greenfield" project.
Starting with "a blank sheet of paper" gave the company the opportunity to conceptualize and bring to life several innovations that improve efficiencies. With a greenfield project, the end-user does not inherit the inefficiencies or constraints of an existing operation. The Barton project allowed SCA Tissue to satisfy market demand for AFH tissue products and evaluate its production and distribution processes "from the ground up."
Said Ron Thiry, SCA's vice president, manufacturing, "The level of automation at the Barton facility is extremely highfrom the automated de-wiring of wastepaper bales to the use of AGVs in the warehouse. Once the rolls leave the dry end of the paper machine, they are not touched by human hands."
In the FOUNDATION fieldbus installation, PLCs, variable speed drives, transmitters, and other field devices are all connected to the bus, reducing device installation costs and providing access to the embedded intelligence in each device. All production operations can be monitored and controlled at any of the 12 online operator workstations. There are two control rooms: one in the fiber plant and one near the tissue machine. Information available to operators and technicians at the workstations, regardless of workplace location, provides insight about plant equipment installed over the 1.3 million sq ft facility.
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Emerson, Siemens enhance fieldbus offerings
System interfaces developed by Emerson Process Management and Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) are enabling the companies to expand support of global fieldbus standards. The companies will exchange technology and engineering support to add the interfaces that extend their systems and software to offer customers expanded global interoperability and greater functionality. First products are expected to be available mid-2007.
The cooperative effort grew out of work both have done with user-supplier consortiums to deliver fully open and interoperable field instrumentation and electric drives using the newly enhanced global standard Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL).
Siemens will add interfaces to its Simatic PCS 7 process control system and process device manager (PDM) tool to support FOUNDATION fieldbus standards as well as the already supported Profibus and HART standards. The move will enable Siemens to connect to the extensive array of FOUNDATION fieldbus instruments and valve controllers from Emerson and other companies who support FOUNDATION fieldbus.
Similarly, Emerson will similarly expand its DeltaV and Ovation® control systems, and AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager application with an interface for Profibus DP and Profinet standards, in addition to the already supported FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART standards. This change will allow Emerson to connect to the extensive array of drives, motor starters, and other discrete devices from Siemens and other companies who support Profibus DP and Profinet.
For more information, visit the Emerson Process Management Website.
MooreHawke system guards against single points of failure
TrunkSafe fault tolerant fieldbus system from MooreHawke (a division of Moore Industries-International Inc.) provides a cost-effective and simple way to maintain FOUNDATION fieldbus communications between the DCS and field devices without interruption should an open-circuit or short-circuit cable fault occur.
Designed for important and plant-critical fieldbus segments (those that, if lost, will cause process unit or plant shutdown), TrunkSafe consists of two redundant fieldbus dc power conditioners integrated with a specially-engineered device coupler. Together, they increase segment availability because no single-point failure will shut down the network. In addition, more than one critical application can be implemented on a fieldbus segment. For example, four critical spurs can be driven with one failsafe segment using only a quarter of the traditional system hardware.
Other features include auto-resetting short-circuit protection and the company's patented "automatic segment termination," which eliminates the common fieldbus installation error of segment failure from under- or over-termination.
TrunkSafe delivers diagnostic capabilities at every level, including host or field cable open- or short-circuit, low dc output voltage, high segment noise, power status on the trunk and on each spur, and the status of auto-termination (on/off).
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MTL names Verhappen industrial networking director
MTL Instruments Group has named Ian Verhappen director of industrial networking technologies. Verhappen, who previously served as chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation's End User Advisory Council (EUAC), will be responsible for the development and support of MTL's current fieldbus product line and for new technologies critical to the ongoing success of the company and its customers.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me to be part of a dynamic global company at the forefront of the industrial networking arenaan obvious passion of mineand a key part of the automation technology developments in our future," said Verhappen. "By combining the strengths of our global centre of excellence in Alberta, and our regional support teams in Europe and Asia, we will be able to provide full lifecycle support for our customers' industrial networkfrom the terminals on field devices through to the I/O card of their control system."
Verhappen added, "MTL is no longer just an equipment provider, but now also an 'industrial network solutions' source offering engineering services for system design, commissioning support, and remote diagnostics ensuring a reliable system on which to base automation projects."
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National Instruments unveils latest NI-FBUS software
National Instruments has released NI-FBUS Software 3.2 version, which includes NI-FBUS Communications Manager and NI-FBUS Configurator software. Version 3.2 provides many new features, including:
Click here to go to the NI Website for a free download of NI-FBUS Software 3.2 version. Visitors can run NI-FBUS Configurator in evaluation mode, create instances of various FOUNDATION fieldbus instruments under offline interface, and become familiar with National Instruments' FOUNDATION-compliant technology.
P+F power supply designed for single-segment needs
A new simplex, galvanically isolated FOUNDATION fieldbus power supply from Pepperl+Fuchs provides 25 V and 360 mA of supply current with minimal heat dissipation, while supporting redundant 24 V power. KLD2-FBPS-1.25.360 modules can be mounted adjacent to one another with no spacing concerns. Passive power conditioning (signal filter) is said to make it highly reliable and an excellent design choice for single segment power needs.
This FOUNDATION fieldbus power supply supports the high-power trunk method of protection that allows fieldbus technology users to have the same benefits in terms of power, cable length, and number of devices per segment in hazardous locations as in general purpose applications. It also supports simple connection of the mobile advanced diagnostic module for physical layer diagnostics.
Pepperl+Fuchs designs, manufactures, and applies high-quality process automation products and services and is a leading provider of hazardous area technology from intrinsic safety to purge and pressurization, on-line corrosion monitoring, and fieldbus.
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R. Stahl power supplies for H1 fieldbus
R. Stahl's ISbus product range for FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 includes field device couplers, fieldbus power supplies, and a large variety of solutions for practically oriented Zone 1, Zone 2, and Div. 2 installations.
New ISbus fieldbus power supplies and conditioners provide power to a non-intrinsically safe H1 trunk and to connected field device couplers. The external 24 V dc power supply is electrically isolated from the fieldbus trunk. For higher availability, the power supplies offer redundant supply of a fieldbus trunk. Function of the fieldbus power supply, external power supply, and trunk is monitored and, in case of a failure, an integrated relay contact generates an alarm message. For cost-optimized installations, fieldbus power supplies come in a dual-channel version.
Modular design, integrated loop-through capability, and simple snap-on installation on DIN rails give the fieldbus power supplies technical and mechanical advantages for all fieldbus installations. The company also designs and supplies all-inclusive system solutions ranging from field housings made of plastic, stainless steel, or aluminium to those with Ex plug connectors for non-intrinsically safe fieldbus and complete systems engineering.
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