"FOUNDATION 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 engineers.
"Advanced Technical 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 Overview.
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Senior Fieldbus Foundation executives presented their view of FOUNDATION technology in the process industry to attendees at the ISA Netherlands section's recent autumn seminar.
Rich Timoney, president and CEO of the Fieldbus Foundation, noted the growth of FOUNDATION technology acceptance, and explained why fieldbus control solutions are being rapidly adopted around the globe. Timoney said that educated users view FOUNDATION technology as more than a field network, that they view the technology as a "system infrastructure" providing truly scalable integration, the flexibility of implementing control in the field or in the host, and exhaustive continuous diagnostics for effective use of assets and improved operating efficiencies. These three technology cornerstones, he went on, make it significantly different than other simple network protocols and provide a much higher return on the user's investment.
Timoney updated the cooperative effort with the HART Communication Foundation (HCF), OPC Foundation, and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. on Electronic Device Descriptions Language (EDDL) technology, and also on the Safety Instrumented System (SIS) which has received TÜV type approval. The foundation, in cooperation with Shell Global Solutions, BP, Saudi Aramco and Chevron, will host a demonstration and press day event on the technology in the near future.
Marc Van Pelt, Fieldbus Foundation vice-president of EMEA Operations, described the benefits available to end users implementing FOUNDATION technology. Studies and calculations show that major savings can be realized. Van Pelt explained these savings using a business-case model comparing traditional 4-20 mA technology with FOUNDATION technology. Operational savings with the use of predictive maintenance was emphasized. Recorded figures from end-user investigations indicate that approximately 60% of the maintenance done at the device level by maintenance personnel relates to routine checks, no-action work, or re-ranging. Therefore, significant operational savings can be realized using the robust diagnostic and asset management capabilities of the technology.
Said Van Pelt, "Rich [Timoney] and I were delighted to be given an opportunity to address attendees of the ISA Netherlands seminar. Although FOUNDATION technology is undergoing huge growth across the EMEA region and is an enabler for great savings in both CAPEX and OPEX, end users, system integrators, and contractors still need to be made aware of the specific areas in which they can achieve the maximum financial benefits."
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Approximately 300 engineers, end users, and representatives of suppliers of process control and automation equipment participated in the 12th annual distributed control systems (DCS 12) conference and exhibition held recently in Hungary. The three-day event, which drew a record crowd, was organized by the Research Institute of Applied Chemistry, the University of Miskolc, and the Miskolc Organization Society for Measurement, Automation and Informatics, and took place at the Hotel Palota in Miskolc-Lillafüred Oct. 25-27, 2006.
DCS 12 included a day dedicated to FOUNDATION technology advancements and applications. The morning session, guided by Tibor Farkas, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation Hungarian Marketing Committee, focused on fieldbus technology and trends. The afternoon session, chaired by Breznay Gábor, HPS division leader, Honeywell Hungary, offered a forum for attendees to hear about end-user applications and experiences.
The program included:
Other sessions addressed key aspects of process control (past, present, and future), process control systems and applications, industrial communications, and hazardous area applications. End-users and industry experts spoke.
Attendees were also able to visit exhibition and poster presentations and participate in several social events that presented opportunities for discussion and the sharing of application experiences. Marc Van Pelt, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee, said, "The success of this year's DCS event and the record level of attendees is a clear indication of the high levels of project activity within the Eastern Europe area. I'm delighted that members of the Fieldbus Foundation and end users in the area were able to participate significantly in the conference program and share their knowledge and experiences with other users and potential users of the FOUNDATION technology."
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about Fieldbus Foundation events, visit
the Fieldbus Foundation Website.
STC Brielle, Netherlands, a Fieldbus Foundation-certified fieldbus training center, will conduct a three-day FOUNDATION training course for Shell PDO in Oman, and a subsequent three-day course prior to the Multaqa End User Council in Bahrain.
The Shell PDO course will consist of a one-day FOUNDATION technology course followed by a two-day fieldbus "hands-on" session. Dedicated Honeywell training will be included. The course will train engineers and maintenance personnel to use FOUNDATION technology. Attendees will experience implementing devices in a H1 network and using different bus monitors and physical layer diagnostic tools.
The Bahrain course provides an overview of FOUNDATION technology, fieldbus "hands-on" instruction, and a tutorial in fieldbus engineering and design. The course will take place just before the third annual Fieldbus Foundation End User Council-Middle East: Multaqa 2006, which will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bahrain, Dec. 12-13.
The "hands-on" course will offer training in physical layer practical skills, such as wiring an H1 network that includes a representative selection of physical layer components from different vendors. In addition, a range of member companies' field devices will be connected on one side of a purpose-built portable training unit. Diagnostic tools from three vendors will also be used. On the other side of the training unit, a second segment will be used to implement devices in a system with Link Master capabilities to use the "control in the field" option of FOUNDATION technology, build control strategies, and replace devices.
The third part of the training will cover fieldbus engineering and design practices. Concepts such as non-IS, IS, FISCO, FNICO, and Ex-e/Ex-i will be addressed, and include segment calculation to promote an understanding of the various software calculation tools.
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course and the Multaqa 2006 FF-EUCME End User Council meeting.
Device Description (DD) Services Kit Version 5.0.6 is now available. The development tool includes upgrades and improvements to make it easier for host applications to access FOUNDATION device information and work with DDs more efficiently.
DD Services frees hosts from the burden of decoding DD binary files. It operates much like a query server for a database management system. The host application constructs a request to access specific information about a device, and DD Services extracts the information from the DD binary file. The host application is relieved of having to know the format of the DD binary file and of searching the file for the information it needs.
DD Services also saves application development time. The DD Services interface functions provide the information necessary to perform common application tasks, such as displaying and editing variables, which users would otherwise have to develop.
Put your FOUNDATION
development project on the "Fast Track" by obtaining DD
Services Kit Version 5.0.6. For more information, contact the Fieldbus
Foundation by phone at 1-512-794-8890 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fieldbus Foundation is planning a concept study addressing the use of wireless communications in the FOUNDATION technology environment. Launched in August 2006, the project is supported by many automation industry leading equipment suppliers.
The intent of the study is to develop:
Project participants include: Adaptive Instruments/Accutech, Advanced Process Automation, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys Process Systems, Ise-Magtech, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. STAHL, Saudi Aramco, Shell Global Solutions, Shenyang Zhongka Microcyber Co. Ltd., Smar, Softing AG, TopWorx, Turck, and Westlock Controls.
Visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website for updates on the wireless program.
AMIS-49200 Fieldbus Media Attachment Unit (MAU) is now available from AMI Semiconductor, a manufacturer of integrated mixed-signal and structured digital products, the Fieldbus Foundation has announced. The new device can be used as a near pin-for-pin replacement for the discontinued Yokogawa SAA22Q transceiver.
The AMIS-49200 Fieldbus MAU provides a physical interface between bus wiring and actual measurement devices in industrial process automation applications. The unit meets the specifications of the IEC-61158-2, H1 (ISA-SP50.02-1992), and EN 50170 physical layer standard, including the FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 protocol. It is intended for use with Type 111 and Type 112 H1 devices according to FOUNDATION fieldbus Specification FF-816 (31.25 kbit/s Physical Layer Profile).
Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation's product manager-fieldbus products, called the AMIS-49200 an easy, cost-effective replacement for fieldbus product developers currently employing the discontinued Yokogawa chip. "We are pleased that AMI Semiconductor has released a state-of-the-art MAU specifically designed for the growing fieldbus market," said Mitschke. "The AMIS-49200 has the same footprint and power consumption as the Yokogawa IC, and is the only direct replacement for this device currently available."
The AMIS-49200 is the latest addition to AMI Semiconductor's line of advanced industrial automation transceivers. It operates in environments from -40 to 85 °C. Features include: 44-pin plastic LQFP, low current consumption (600 µA typical), standard MDS/MAU interface, 31.25 kbit/s voltage mode, dual voltage regulators (3 and 6.2 V), and voltage level monitoring. Although not an exact replacement for the Yokogawa chip, the AMIS-49200 Fieldbus MAU provides an avenue for developers to follow in building their FOUNDATION fieldbus products. The product costs $9.38 per 1000 units.
FOUNDATION-based Rosemount® temperature transmitters and interface units from Emerson Process Management have been selected to transmit data from more than 500 temperature monitoring points on a boiler and turbine system at Drax Power Station, said to be the largest, cleanest, and most efficient coal-fired power station in the United Kingdom.
Drax Power and Capula, the contractor undertaking the refurbishment, selected the equipment following presentations about and demonstrations of interfacing the Rosemount 3420 fieldbus interface module to their Schneider PLC host system. The Drax Power Station uses six steam boilers to generate up to 4,000 MW. At current output levels, Drax supplies enough power to meet 7% of UK demand. Pulverized coal is the primary fuel, but Drax Power has also developed the capability to burn alternative fuels such as biomass to blend and burn with the coal. The temperature sensorsmainly thermocouples used for monitoring the boiler tubes, superheater, and re-heater, as well as turbine and generator temperatures in high-density arrangementsdetect any irregularities or "hot spots."
While providing Drax Power with a neat and accurate system, the Rosemount 3420 has added capabilities that will allow further investigation of any unusual heat patterns during tests of alternative fuels and firing systems. It will also reduce the complexity and time needed for the rewiring task on the current retrofit. Once installed, the FOUNDATION segments around the boiler will allow the addition of further test equipment or other sensors for plant condition monitoring, with relatively simple configuration to transmit the data back to the supervisory systems with no extra wiring.
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Fieldbus Wizard from R. Stahl is a powerful, convenient engineering tool that enables the calculation of FOUNDATION segments at the click of a button. The product joins the company's ISbus line for FOUNDATION H1 installations, which includes field device couplers, fieldbus power supplies, and products for Zone 1, Zone 2, and Div. 2 environments.
Fieldbus barriers are a well-accepted and advantageous technology for designing larger fieldbus segments in hazardous areas. However, the engineering work to optimize cable lengths and achieve the maximum number of participants often is not easy. However, using the Fieldbus Wizard, the user can select the required field device coupler and fieldbus power supply and define the parameters for cables, host, and field devices. Then, the tool automatically checks segments (even under short-circuit conditions) and determines if they have too manyor too fewterminations. Projects can be stored on disk and printed for documentation.
The Fieldbus Wizard
is free. Click
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Softing has upgraded its FG-100 H1/HSE linking device. This latest firmware version, V1.50, enhances the diagnostic capabilities of the linking device. The company says it is boosting this high performance device in anticipation of increased need for additional diagnostic information.
The device provides transparent access to field devices connected to H1 networks from supervisory control systems and management systems connected to High Speed Ethernet (HSE). The FG-100 H1/HSE represents a highly compact gateway between four FOUNDATION H1 networks and HSE. For each H1 channel, the linking device can be configured to take on the role of link master and/or time manager.
The registered product complies with Class 42c of the Fieldbus Foundation's HSE profile specification, thereby eliminating the need to configure field devices locally and allowing a user to perform all configuration settings through HSE. The integrated Web-server provides HTML pages that display diagnostic information and enable a user to field-upgrade the FG-100 H1/HSE firmware.
For more information,
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Or contact: Softing
North America Inc., 29 Water St., Suite 301, Newburyport, MA 01950;
Tel: 978-499-9650; Fax: 978-499-9654; e-mail: Ken.Hoover@softing.com.
Softing has added a high-performance High Speed Ethernet (HSE) device stack to its fieldbus product portfolio.
In addition to its high performance HSE client/server stack, the company now offers a complete system for HSE devices. The highly portable protocol stack enables devices to take advantage of the underlying HSE layer for data exchange within mission-critical applications.
The HSE device stack integrates tightly with the underlying IP stack provided by the operating system of the user's choice. In addition to FOUNDATION-specific services, the HSE device's stack provides system and management services.
Because the application layer of an HSE device is identical to that of traditional H1 devices, a conventional function block shell is used to integrate standard FOUNDATION blocks. The following off-the-shelf function blocks are available:
Softing is a leader in
providing key technology components to more than 50% of all companies
offering FOUNDATION devices. For more information,
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America Inc., 29 Water St., Suite 301, Newburyport, MA 01950; Tel:
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