Overview" is a basic introduction to Fieldbus 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
Workshop" provides in-depth coverage of FOUNDATION
technology, 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
function blocks. The course is intended for device developers, test
engineers, and those needing detailed knowledge of FOUNDATION
technology. Prerequisite: FOUNDATION
Fieldbus Foundation also offers a "DD Workshop," which examines sophisticated Device Description Language (DDL) constructs and techniques that make DDs feature-rich for end users. Students 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 provides hands-on learning for writing and testing actual DDs using the FOUNDATION Tokenizer and DD Super Viewer tools. Watch for scheduling of this workshop in 2007!
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The Fieldbus Foundation will offer a FREE educational seminar on November 14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to explain what FOUNDATION technology offers. Topics include:
The event will include a hands-on fieldbus interoperability demonstration that connects user-selected devices from 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.
here to register for the San Juan, Puerto Rico, educational
Responding to growing end-user acceptance of FOUNDATION technology in Asia-Pacific, the Fieldbus Foundation Asia-Pacific Marketing Team has planned several Fieldbus End User/EPC Seminars in the region. Upcoming seminars are scheduled for:
Direct questions about
these events by e-mail to: email@example.com
Fieldbus Foundation End-User Council Middle East (FFEUCME) invites instrumentation and control system professionals to Multaqa 2006, the group's third annual meeting, set for Dec.12-13 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bahrain.
Providing Fieldbus information for the user, by the user, the Multaqa 2006 agenda includes:
For more information
on these events, click
here to visit the FFEUCME Website or contact Event Chairman
James L. Sprague or one of the event coordinators listed on the
Rockwell Automation's 5th Annual Process Solutions Users Group (PSUG) meeting, scheduled for Oct. 23-24, 2006, in Baltimore, MD, at the Tremont Grand Meeting Facility will give users the opportunity to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge and provide Rockwell Automation with industry input on products and solution delivery.
The event will include discussion of how best practices remove the risk and expense in defining, scheduling, and producing products. The agenda covers batch, continuous, repetitive, and hybrid manufacturing environments. Presentations will discuss industry standards that drive winning solutions.
After PSUG, attendees are
invited to visit Automation
Fair 2006, which focuses on advanced automation products, integrated
control and information architectures, valued-add services, and
related solutions. Automation Fair 2006 takes place Oct. 25-26,
also in Baltimore.
Space at the Process
Solutions User Group is limited, so register today! Click
here for more information.
Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE) is now available from the Fieldbus Foundation. DD-IDE provides a single, easy to use application for developing, testing, and debugging Device Description (DD) files and includes the tools required to streamline the DD development process. FOUNDATION device developers will no longer need a separate DD editor, tokenizer, and viewer as these applications are now combined in an integrated test and development environment.
According to Stephen Mitschke, the Fieldbus Foundation's manager-fieldbus products, DD-IDE enables device developers to take advantage of the latest Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) enhancements. "With the DD-IDE solution, instrument suppliers can reduce their time-to-market for new FOUNDATION product offerings," said Mitschke. "The DD-IDE provides the means to leverage enhanced EDDL, which standardizes the presentation of intelligent device information and improves graphical visualization and display capabilities for automation system users."
The DD-IDE is designed for fast, automatic code completion as the developer types code into DD project files. The application includes an online-method debugger with watch window; an integrated, advanced text editor with customizable syntax highlighting and color-coding; an output window to display progress and errors during tokenizing; customizable project settings; a global file search tool; customizable tag files; and a project resource tree for management and development.
The DD-IDE provides DD 5 support (visualization and persistent data storage), including enhanced DD constructs such as charts, graphs, images, and waveforms for visualization; files for persistent storage of functional parameter data; and grids for vector data visualization and manipulation. It allows users to break points within code for defined methods, then run through the method until a breakpoint is reached, providing time to observe and troubleshoot the code incrementally. This process can be done in simulation mode or online with a live device.
DD-IDE has three message windows: output, watch, and find. The output tab displays the result of a build, the watch tab displays the local variables of a debugging method, and the find tab displays search results. The DD-IDE also has a project tree pane that lets users add project, resource, and simulation files for easy access and management. New DD files can be created or existing files added within the project tree.
Technology from SlickEdit Inc., a provider of multi-language software development tools and advanced code editors, is integrated into the DD-IDE to support complex code development. The Fieldbus Foundation recently entered into an OEM partnership with SlickEdit and selected its code editor as the framework for the DD-IDE.
DD-IDE requires an Intel Pentium-class PC, Microsoft Windows 2000 or XP, and 136 MB of free space for installation (additional space is needed for development and application settings). The product is licensed on a per-seat basis and comes with 90 days of maintenance.
For more information
about the DD-IDE, visit
the Fieldbus Foundation Website, or call 512 794-8890.
Fieldbus Foundation has released the FF-901 Device Description Language (DDL) interoperability specification. FF-901 supplements the FF-900 DDL specification, supports improved device-to-host interoperability, and provides guidance and direction for creating Enhanced Device Descriptions (DDs) that work with any host.
FF-901 includes easy-to-understand instructions promoting interoperability in the FOUNDATION development environment. The comprehensive document provides guidelines for common DD constructs during programming and addresses such topics such as DD code string lengths, Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) visualizations for device and host applications, profile restrictions, conditional expressions, and more.
FF-901 specification helps developers understand how DD files are supposed to be programmed so that they have a common look and feel amongst different host systems. EDDL is the industry-standard Device Description technology installed in millions of instrumentation nodes worldwide. It provides a simple, accessible way of describing all aspects of a device, eliminating concerns about integrating product in a fieldbus-based control system.
FF-901 specification lets users take advantage of the latest EDDL extensions and ensure that their FOUNDATION-compliant products deliver high level of interoperability as part of a "best-in-class" process automation solution.
here to download the new specification. (Registration
"Introduction to Fieldbus," a new white paper from MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries-International Inc., explains how fieldbus works in terms any engineer, technician, or operator can understand. The concise 8-page bulletin is designed to strip away jargon and confusing terminology. It explains:
Click to visit the MooreHawke Website and download "Introduction to Fieldbus."
A new F809F diagnostic module from MTL continuously monitors the performance of eight fieldbus segments, providing information on the health of the physical layer in FOUNDATION installations. Designed for use with the company's range of fieldbus power supplies, the module draws on MTL's experience in the supply of hand-held bus diagnostic tools.
Because the physical layer is critical to fieldbus system performance, the F809F provides alarms if any parameter is outside preset limits and can be used to store a baseline of segment performance. The module reports its measurements as a FOUNDATION H1 device, allowing easy integration of physical layer diagnostic information into the control system's instrument management software, a key requirement of end users and system companies.
In operation, on-line monitoring identifies physical layer problems before they affect the process. If parameters are outside their normal values, recommended actions are provided to reduce troubleshooting time and maximize the availability of the fieldbus system.
Parameters monitored by
the F809F include segment voltage, average and peak noise in three
frequency bands, fieldbus to shield short circuits, number of devices
recognized on the bus, device signal levels, and retransmission
Pepperl+Fuchs new patent-pending Advanced Diagnostic Module (ADM) for its FieldConnex® Power Hub brings control to the fieldbus by monitoring the physical layer while creating transparency and easy evaluation of FOUNDATION and Profibus installations. Highly detailed information is displayed in a simple-to-use Device Type Manager (DTM) in the control room. Engineering contractors, commissioning experts, plant operators, and maintenance specialists gain visibility into the fieldbus physical layer for faster commissioning work, longer plant-uptime, true preventive maintenance, and efficient troubleshooting.
Wil Chin, research director for ARC Advisory Group, called ADM, "a timely solution that will resonate well with owners/operators of process plants in the increasingly complex process automation landscape. ARC expects ADM solutions to follow the robust growth of Plant Asset Management (PAM) Solutions that monitor the health and provide actionable recommendations for installation, operation, and maintenance of critical plant assets. The future of ADM and other intelligent solutions that take the uncertainty and mystery out of FOUNDATION technology remains bright, particularly as fieldbus solutions near the 'high growth' phase of the product lifecycle."
here for more information from the Pepperl+Fuchs Website.
Or contact: Pepperl+Fuchs, 1600 Enterprise Parkway, Twinsburg, OH
44087; 330-486-0002; fax: 330-425-4607; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Softing's FOUNDATION fieldbus Configuration & Integration Toolset (FF-CIT) gives developers fieldbus communication functionality in the form of a software library. Among its benefits, the product provides manufacturers of process supervisory control systems, diagnostic systems, or engineering tools who have not yet opened up their products to the FOUNDATION market with a powerful way to integrate these capabilities into their system quickly. Functions include device and network configuration, bus scan with live list display, code generation, and code download. The functionality makes it easy to enhance an existing system by adding a FOUNDATION communication interface.
After the FF-CIT is implemented, users need only an Ethernet port to connect their system to FOUNDATION H1 segments. Up to four separate H1 segments can be connected using Softing's FG-100 FF/HSE Linking Device. This special gateway for FOUNDATION technology complies with Class 42c of the Fieldbus Foundation specification. The linking device and the FF-CIT library are optimally matched to each other. The library also supports the parallel operation of multiple linking devices. A redundant bus connection is also easy to implement with these products. In addition, the new version of the FG-100 FF/HSE and the FF-CIT now support alarms and trends for lower-level devices.
here for more information from the Softing Website.
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