December 2006
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Fieldbus Foundation launches new Website

Fieldbus Foundation unveils 2007 General Assembly meeting site

Foundation initiative targets remote I/O interface to Fieldbus architecture

Silent auction to benefit James O. Gray scholarship fund

Germany hosts inaugural EMEA conference

U.K. sports facilities to host FOUNDATION technology seminars

Asia/Pacific seminars make a strong showing

2007 Americas seminars to examine 'changing playing field'

2007 developer training schedule now available

Bahrain hosts 'Multaqa 2006'

Testing discount available for enhanced DD Devices using DD-IDE

Emerson selected to install digital architecture at coal-fired power station

BusCorp: Discovering the privileges of Foundation membership

Endress+Hauser offers multi-channel temperature transmitter

MooreHawke device couplers provide auto-termination, short-circuit protection

Pepperl+Fuchs ADM named 'breakthrough product of 2006'

Enhanced Softing toolkit simplifies integration, configuration

Fieldbus Foundation launches new Website

Robust functionality and intuitive navigational features serving those implementing FOUNDATION technology are among the features of the Fieldbus Foundation's redesigned and enhanced Website. Click here to visit the new site, which offers:

  • Site-wide keyword search;
  • Enhanced registered device and compliant host search;
  • Regional information pages;
  • Regional training site pages;
  • Expanded technology overview;
  • Fieldbus "News at a Glance;" and
  • Fieldbus marketplace information.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney, the new site offers unprecedented reach to the worldwide FOUNDATION technology marketplace. "Our new Website was designed to support the growing international fieldbus community. It includes an expanded global section addressing four major geographical regions: the Americas, EMEA, Asia/Pacific, and Oceania. Individual country pages describe current news and events in that area."

Timoney continued, "This Web site is a valuable asset for automation suppliers, system integrators, end users, and other seeking comprehensive information about FOUNDATION technology. Enhanced functionality and navigational features save time and make it easier to browse the latest fieldbus-related news, technical resources, and registered products."

He added, "The site provides visitors better access to the information they need, when they need it."

To learn more, visit the new Fieldbus Foundation Website.

Fieldbus Foundation unveils 2007 General Assembly meeting site

Theme of the Annual FOUNDATION technology event is "Changing the Playing Field"

The Fieldbus Foundation has selected Houston, TX, as the site for its 2007 General Assembly meeting. The annual event will take place at the Houstonian Hotel Feb. 22-23, 2007. It will be attended by FOUNDATION technology suppliers, end users, and industry participants from around the globe.

This year's theme, "Changing the Playing Field," reflects the Fieldbus Foundation's emphasis on providing a total control system technology infrastructure for industrial manufacturing. Key topics to be addressed include process integrity; business intelligence; and open scalable integration.

The General Assembly begins Thursday, Feb. 22nd, with an overview of current Fieldbus Foundation developments world wide. The morning will be filled with workshops for FOUNDATION system end users, engineers, and suppliers. End-user presentations describing fieldbus installations in a wide range of process industry applications will follow in the afternoon.

A keynote address by Larry O'Brien, research director—process automation, ARC Advisory Group, will highlight the evening reception. His talk is on "Beyond the Bus: FOUNDATION Fieldbus is an Open and Integrated Automation Infrastructure." O'Brien will also address the adoption of FOUNDATION technology and why end users are demanding FOUNDATION Fieldbus around the globe. A silent auction in support of the James O. Gray—Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund will also take place that evening.

The meeting will include a tabletop exhibition by major control system and instrumentation suppliers showcasing the latest FOUNDATION products, solutions, and services. The Fieldbus Foundation's annual business meeting for members only will follow on Friday, Feb. 23.

Make Plans To Join Us! For more information or to register to attend, click here, or call 512-794-8890, ext. 21.

Foundation initiative targets remote I/O interface to Fieldbus architecture

A new Fieldbus Foundation initiative is seeking to develop a specification for standardizing the interface of remote I/O into the FOUNDATION architecture.

The new specification will define the structure for interfacing remote I/O over the Fieldbus Foundation's tightly integrated High Speed Ethernet (HSE) control backbone. According to the Fieldbus Foundation's director of technology development, David A. Glanzer, adding remote I/O further tightens the integration of process and discrete instrumentation within the FOUNDATION architecture. Glanzer said, "The Fieldbus Foundation has always been driven by two main goals: meeting the market's needs for an open, tightly integrated automation infrastructure, and continuously improving the technology to enable users to realize CAPEX and OPEX improvements. In other words, 'make it open and make it capable of delivering business benefits.'"

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney added, "Remote I/O is a three billion dollar market, about one-third of which is connected to DCS. The fastest growth in this segment is occurring in petroleum and gas, which is a perfect match to the foundation's fastest growing markets."

Timoney continued, "Users do not yet have a single infrastructure that meets all their needs, but that is exactly what they would prefer. Other networks offer communication capabilities but stop there. FOUNDATION technology is about much more than just communication. Offering scalable integration, distributed control, and extensive communication for delivering business intelligence, FOUNDATION technology is more of a system infrastructure. The addition of remote I/O is a logical and desirable inclusion in that infrastructure.

Click here for more information about FOUNDATION System Technology.

Silent auction to benefit James O. Gray scholarship fund

The Fieldbus Foundation will conduct a silent auction at its 2007 General Assembly in Houston to benefit the James O. Gray—Fieldbus Foundation scholarship fund. The scholarship program recognizes the late Jim Gray, who was a leader in the development of today's industry standard FOUNDATION protocol. Contributors to the scholarship help ensure the availability of skilled instrumentation personnel to fill tomorrow's workforce.

Jim Gray, a long-time supporter of the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away on June 28, 2002, was well known and respected by his peers in the process control field. He took special interest in training personnel to use evolving technologies and was instrumental in seeking out qualified institutions to deliver the necessary training and education around the world. His tireless efforts on behalf of the foundation made a significant contribution to the growing global adoption of FOUNDATION technology.

To honor Jim Gray, the Fieldbus Foundation established the James O. Gray - Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund. This scholarship is awarded annually to eligible students studying instrumentation, automation, and system technology.

Please join us in Houston on Feb. 22 to participate in the silent auction. All proceeds will go to support the scholarship endowment fund, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Click here to contribute to the scholarship fund.

Click here to learn more about the scholarship fund.

Click here to register to attend the General Assembly.

Germany hosts inaugural EMEA conference

Attendees at the Fieldbus Foundation's inaugural EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) conference, held during the last week in September at Pepperl+Fuchs headquarters in Mannheim, Germany, included the foundation's regional chairmen from across the continent and several experienced fieldbus end users. The EMEA conference provided a forum for discussing FOUNDATION technology future developments, exchanging information between users and manufacturers, and establishing strategies for the activities of various national Fieldbus Foundation Committees.

Forty delegates, including representatives of leading manufacturers and major end users of FOUNDATION technology, participated in the three-day event. The first day consisted of an open forum of Fieldbus Foundation officials and users, including fieldbus experts from Shell Global Solutions, Sabic, Degussa, Storck, Dow, and Shin-etsu.

Marc Van Pelt, vice president—EMEA operations, gave the opening address, and foundation president and CEO Richard Timoney presented a five-year projection of fieldbus development, emphasizing the increasing integration of plant control and business intelligence. Timoney said the FOUNDATION system architecture is the essential base to drive this process. Dr. Gunther Kegel, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council, outlined the current market acceptance of fieldbus and, in particular, the perceptions regarding the investment and operational cost benefits of FOUNDATION technology.

The second day concentrated on how the foundation is organized to support end users within EMEA. The national committee chairmen of Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Middle East, Russia, and the U.K. described their activities and presented ideas for the future. The third day included workshops and a Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee meeting that resulted in the development of a regional plan on how to communicate FOUNDATION technology benefits. These benefits range from faster commissioning, reduced maintenance costs, higher quality of plant control information, and enhanced asset management to further investment cost savings due to multivariable field devices.

EMEA countries will focus on the organization of forums for consulting engineers and users of process automation technology. Scheduled events include the Multaqa conference in Bahrain in Dec. 2006; the End User Forum in Marl, Germany, in Feb. 2007; and participation in Interkama fair in Hannover, Germany, in Apr. 2007. The 2007 EMEA meeting will be hosted by MTL in Luton, England, in the fall.

Click here to check the Fieldbus Foundation Website for further dates.

A highlight of the EMEA conference was the unveiling of the new Fieldbus Foundation Website, which will form the central information base for FOUNDATION technology. The new site has a global look and feel with sections dedicated to regions and countries. Technical guidelines, experience reports, and fieldbus specifications are easy to access and are accompanied by a comprehensive overview of available products tested for fieldbus interoperability; information on national fieldbus events is included.

Click here for more information on upcoming events in EMEA.

U.K. sports facilities to host FOUNDATION technology seminars

Two of the U.K.'s most famous sports stadiums will be the sites of FOUNDATION technology seminars in early 2007. The Fieldbus Foundation's Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Steering Committee will conduct the events.

Coordinated by the Fieldbus Foundation's U.K. National Marketing Committee (FF-UK NMC), the seminars will target end users, contractors, specifiers, and implementers of FOUNDATION technology. They will offer presentations that address a broad range of issues, from conceiving a FOUNDATION system project through installation and commissioning to operational benefits of the implemented system.

In addition to hearing technical presentations delivered by representatives of key FOUNDATION system suppliers, attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in round table discussions with current end users and contractors who will share their FOUNDATION installation experiences.

The first seminar will be held in Northwest England at Reebok Stadium, Bolton, on Feb. 6, 2007, and the second event will take place in the Northeast at Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, on Feb. 20, 2007. Attendees will be able to tour the grounds and facilities.

For more information, contact John Hartley, FF-UK NMC chairman.

Asia/Pacific seminars make a strong showing

Two seminars conducted by the Fieldbus Foundation in the Asia/Pacific region last fall received strong attendee support.

Seminars, held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on Oct. 13, and Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 27, were planned jointly with local instrumentation organizations and received overwhelming response from users in different industry sectors. More than 120 attended the Vietnam seminar, which coincided with the oil & gas show. The Philippines seminar, held in conjunction with the PICS trade show, drew more than 70 participants.

The first of their kind in these areas, these events introduced FOUNDATION technology and its benefits. They also covered wiring and installation best practices, described successful fieldbus installations in the Asia/Pacific region, and clarified misunderstandings about bus technologies. Participants showed a lot of interest and raised many queries.

Improved interoperability testing has resulted in devices, hosts, and networking hardware that are much better than they were only a few years ago. "Vendors continue to innovate and improve, making fieldbus easier to use through wizard," noted Mona Shu, secretary of the Fieldbus Foundation Marketing Society in Singapore.

The seminars emphasized that FOUNDATION technology is now mature, and that engineering practices have been established, training material created, and installers and technicians specifically trained. Enhanced and more visual EDDL removes the complexity of rarely used functions for non-experts, and in conjunction with standard transducer block profiles, has made the technology easier to use. At these events, experienced users were able to exchange information with new adopters. The popularity of the seminars reflects the ever-wider acceptance of Fieldbus.

FOUNDATION technology has gone from gaining user acceptance to becoming the de-facto standard for greenfield mega-projects and plant retrofits in the Asia/Pacific region. "FOUNDATION technology is winning worldwide and in the region, and we expect to see the same in Vietnam and Philippines," said Jonas Berge, president of the Fieldbus Foundation Marketing Society in Singapore.

Sponsors of the Asia/Pacific seminars included such leading process control suppliers, as ABB, Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, Invensys, Kerpen, Lapp Kabel, Moore/Hawke, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, R. STAHL, SMAR, Turck, Yamatake, and Yokogawa, who provided live demos of their systems, devices, and accessories.

For more information on upcoming events, click here to visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.

2007 Americas seminars to examine "changing playing field"

End users and engineering firms are encouraged to attend an upcoming 2007 seminar and learn about the "Changing Playing Field" for FOUNDATION system technology. Take part in a one-day seminar in your area and learn about the entire infrastructure: distributed control, business intelligence and open scaleable integration.

2007 seminar locations in the Americas:

Sarnia, ON February 28, 2007
Lake Charles, LA March 15, 2007
Boston, MA April 12, 2007
Long Beach, CA May 3, 2007
Calgary, AB June 21, 2007
Sao Paulo, Brazil July 12, 2007
Overland Park, KS September 25, 2007
San Juan, PR October 11, 2007
Greenville, SC November 13, 2007

Click here for more information about the seminars and to register.

2007 developer training schedule now available

The Fieldbus Foundation's 2007 developer training schedule is now available. Sign up to attend "Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus" and "Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus and learn about the automation system infrastructure chosen by today's industry leaders. Further your education on technologies enhancements with devices descriptions by attending "Developing FOUNDATION Device Descriptions."


Course Location Date Early registration
(15% discount)
Final registration
Developing FOUNDATION Device Descriptions Austin, TX, USA Feb. 6, 2007 Dec.12, 2006 Jan. 16, 2007
Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus Austin, TX, USA March 6, 2007 Jan. 9, 2007 Feb. 13, 2007
Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Austin, TX, USA March 7-9, 2007 Jan. 9, 2007 Feb. 13, 2007
Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus Brielle, Netherlands May 22, 2007 March 27, 2007 May 1, 2007
Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Brielle, Netherlands May 23-25, 2007 March 27, 2007 May 1, 2007
Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus Austin, TX, USA July 17, 2007 May 21, 2007 June 25, 2007
Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Austin, TX, USA July 18-20, 2007 July 18-20, 2007 June 25, 2007
Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus Brielle, Netherlands Oct. 9, 2007 August 21, 2007 Sept. 25, 2007
Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Brielle, Netherlands Oct. 10-12, 2007 August 21, 2007 Sept. 25, 2007
Developing FOUNDATION Device Descriptions Brielle, Netherlands Oct. 15-18, 2007 August 27, 2007 Oct. 1, 2007

Course Descriptions

"Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus" 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 Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus" 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 a detailed knowledge of FOUNDATION technology. Prerequisite: "Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus."

"Developing FOUNDATION Device Descriptions" 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 the FOUNDATION Fieldbus Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE).

Click here to register today.

Click here to review course agendas and details.

Bahrain hosts 'Multaqa 2006'

The third annual Fieldbus Foundation Middle East End User Council (FFEUCME) meeting—"Multaqa 2006"—took place Dec 12-13, 2006, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bahrain. Multaqa 2006 brought together international and local FOUNDATION technology experts to share experiences with participants. The agenda included diverse end-user and sponsor presentations, sponsor equipment exhibits, and an interoperability workshop that let participants evaluate the maintenance and diagnostic capabilities of instruments and host DCS. Foundation president and CEO Richard Timoney delivered the keynote address. This meeting followed a successful 2005 event.

The three days prior to the meeting (Dec. 9-11) were dedicated to a FOUNDATION fieldbus training course. The course is recommended for instrument and control professionals with little prior fieldbus experience.

To review the agenda from the meeting, click here.

Click here to visit the FFEUC-ME Website.

Testing discount available for enhanced DD Devices using DD-IDE

A special discount is available to developers buying a new Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE) and submitting a FOUNDATION device using 5.0 Device Description (DD) enhancements for registration testing.

The DD-IDE provides an easy to use application for developing, testing, and debugging DD files, and includes the tools required to streamline the DD development process. Device developers no longer need a separate DD editor, tokenizer, and viewer, because these applications are combined in an integrated test-and-development environment.

According to Fieldbus Foundation manager-fieldbus products Stephen Mitschke, the 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 to provide 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 can be done in simulation mode or online with a live device.

Developers will receive a 25% discount on the first day of testing (a $425 value per device) for all devices submitted with new 5.0 DD enhancements (including graphs/charts, persistent data storage, and bit map enhancements) using the DD-IDE.

Follow these submission qualifications to receive the discount:

  • Company must have at least one license to the DD-IDE.
  • Device must be submitted for a new or re-registration campaign using ITK 5.0 (or greater). Discount does not apply to DD/CF self re-registration.
  • Device Description must include the enhanced root menus (device_root_menu, process_variables_root_menu, and diagnostic_root_menu) for at least one transducer block. (See section 4.5.4 of FF-901 Device Description Interoperability Specification for more details).
  • Device must complete testing by June 1, 2007.

Click here to e-mail any questions to the Fieldbus Foundation.

Click here to e-mail a request to schedule a testing time.

Click here to download a form to order the DD-IDE.

Emerson selected to install digital architecture at coal-fired power station

Emerson Process Management has won a contract to install its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with the Ovation® expert control system at Plum Point Energy Station, a new pulverized coal-fired plant in northeastern Arkansas.

The digital approach to plant automation and control includes FOUNDATION segments and incorporates high-speed communications networks, intelligent field devices, and asset management software. Key to selecting the Emerson system were the operational and economic advantages of a digital bus-based architecture, which range from reduced wiring costs, streamlined device configuration, and more efficient plant startup, to long-term operations and maintenance savings.

According to Roger Lenertz, project manager, Plum Point Power Partners (the project's EPC contractor), Emerson's experience implementing digital bus technologies was also an important consideration. "Emerson's success in executing projects of this type, combined with their expertise in automation technologies, qualified Emerson as the supplier for this important project," explained Lenertz.

"Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture has been proven across a number of industries to lower installation costs, ensure a fast startup, and improve ongoing plant operations and maintenance," said Bob Yeager, president of the Power & Water Solutions division at Emerson. "Plum Point's adoption of this digital automation architecture is indicative of the growing recognition that these technologies translate into tangible economic and operational advantages."

Click here for more information from Emerson Process Management.

BusCorp: Discovering the privileges of Foundation membership

By Michael Clark, Director, BusCorp Inc.

Some time ago (1998) when registered FOUNDATION devices were entering the marketplace, I was anxiously engaged in finishing a degree, majoring in distributed and automated control. At that time, I had heard quite a bit of scuttlebutt about fieldbus and how it could do everything—including toast and coffee. Being the "Curious George" that I am, I chose FOUNDATION technology as a topic of learning for one of my elective courses.

With keen interest, I learned the technological benefits of the protocol. I met with individuals who were stress-testing the technology for the first time to see just what made it tick. I was privileged to benefit from their efforts and move on to deeper learning.

One of the largest gaps that became obvious was the need for training on such a new technology. For over seven years, I've had the privilege of teaching and consulting across the globe—specifically to a vast number of capital projects. My travels put me in front of engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) clients; vendors/manufacturers; and many end-user companies from nearly every manufacturing and automation sector.

BusCorp Inc., a recent incarnation, has joined the Fieldbus Foundation membership ranks to keep abreast of recent developments within the technology: EDDL, wireless possibilities, safety instrumented systems (SIS)… just to name a few. Staying on top of these and other topics will not only benefit BusCorp, but the clients it serves.

BusCorp Inc. is dedicated to assisting its clients during the evaluation, adoption, and implementation processes of digital bus technologies. Click here to take a moment to visit our Website.

Endress+Hauser offers multi-channel temperature transmitter

To optimize performance, temperatures in distillation columns and bioreactors must be tightly controlled by installing multiple temperature measurement points that, when realized conventionally, require individual installation, commissioning, and maintenance.

Endress+Hauser's iTEMP® TMT125 temperature transmitter uses FOUNDATION technology to save installation, commissioning, and documentation effort. Equipped with eight channels, it accommodates RTD, TC, Ohm, and mV signals and provides 2-, 3- and 4-wire connections. Each channel may be configured individually, or all eight channels can be configured together with the "concentrator" transducer block. Similarly, temperatures are available separately via analog input blocks or bundled via a multiple analog input block. Cable, device, and communication faults are automatically recognized, transmitted over the bus, and indicated locally by LEDs.

The TMT125 is a rack-mounted module designed for operation at ambient temperatures of -40 to 70 °C. It features ATEX approval and conforms to the FISCO model. For outdoor use, an aluminum enclosure is available with IP67 protection and stainless steel M16 cable glands. Easy connection can be provided with a standard 7/8-in. fieldbus connector.

Click here for more information.

MooreHawke device couplers provide auto-termination, short-circuit protection

MooreHawke fieldbus device couplers and power supplies offer a fast and easy way to connect, protect, power, and terminate multiple fieldbus devices in FOUNDATION system segments. Trunkguard device couplers are designed for general purpose and non-incendive (Division 1 and Zone 2) installations, and feature patented auto-segment termination and short-circuit protection. If excess current is detected on a fieldbus spur, the coupler uses a fold-back technique to lock in a small 2 mA load-just enough to turn on an LED-then remove 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 complete with cable glands. Enclosure options include aluminum, GRP (glass reinforced polyester), and stainless steel, with glands for armored or unarmored cable.

Click here for more information.

Pepperl+Fuchs ADM named 'breakthrough product of 2006'

Pepperl+Fuchs' Advanced Diagnostic Module (ADM) for FieldConnex® Power Hub has been named 'Breakthrough Product of 2006' by Processing magazine. The award recognizes products, services, and/or technologies that have made significant contributions in the process industries within the last year and are expected to impact the industry for years to come.

"We are delighted and honored to be recognized by Processing magazine for our advanced diagnostic module, with what has become one of the most distinguished and well-respected awards in the industry," says David Hohenstein, department manager, Pepperl+Fuchs. "The ADM removes the complexity from FOUNDATION technology and Profibus installation, and is unique in its ability to bring control to the fieldbus by monitoring the fieldbus physical layer, while creating transparency and easy evaluation of the network."

The detailed information provided by the ADM 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, preventive maintenance, and efficient troubleshooting.

Product eliminates repetitive tasks and automatically generates network documentation for each segment and device. Its built-in oscilloscope can be set to trigger on numerous events. The ADM enables maintenance personnel to pinpoint fault locations quickly and efficiently from the control room. Comprehensive physical layer measurements and alarms are transmitted in real time to the maintenance station, are handled easily through modern FDT/DTM technology, and can be viewed easily by OPC client software.

For more information, click here to visit the Pepperl+Fuchs Website.

Enhanced Softing toolkit simplifies integration, configuration

Softing has updated its FOUNDATION fieldbus configuration and integration toolset (FF-CIT). The enhanced FF-CIT includes:
  • Advanced standard function blocks complementing the existing device and function block library. The advanced function blocks combine a simplified interface (ease-of-use) with a reduced configuration effort.
  • FMS services to simplify the FDT (Field Device Tool) integration. This solution simplifies the development of CommDTMs based on Softing's FF-CIT in accordance with the latest FDT specification.
  • Additional features to configure the "backup link master" functionality of H1 devices. This feature is said to enable any host system to pass the Fieldbus Foundation's Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST) immediately.
  • High-availability of FOUNDATION applications by enabling redundancy when used with Softing's FF-100 FF/HSE fieldbus gateway (linking device).

    Softing's FF-CIT enables any application to communicate over Ethernet with the FG-100 FF/HSE linking device. The FOUNDATION fieldbus gateway complies with Class 42c of the Fieldbus Foundation specification and communicates simultaneously with up to four independent H1 networks. Applications using the FF-CIT are able to communicate with any number of fieldbus networks by simultaneously connecting to multiple FG-100 FF/HSE linking devices.

For more information, contact: Softing North America Inc. 29 Water St., Suite 301, Newburyport, MA 01950; tel: 978-499-9650; fax: 978-499-9654; e-mail:

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