January 2007
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New members find benefits in Fieldbus Foundation

Foundation names latest James O. Gray scholarship winners

Fieldbus Foundation names general assembly speakers; opens registration

Developer training set for March

Fieldbus educational series kicks off with seminars in Ontario, Louisiana

ARC plans 11th annual manufacturing forum

Free Fieldbus seminar offered in United Kingdom

ABB Automation World will highlight FOUNDATION products

Web resource expands, lists global installations

Emerson wins contract to install digital system at power plant

MooreHawke Trunksafe named 'breakthrough product'

MTL introduces field-mounted wiring hub

Turck spur blocks offer versatile, low-cost I/O management

New members find benefits in Fieldbus Foundation

Fieldbus Foundation ushered in the new year welcoming several new members supporting FOUNDATION technology. They are: Aniotek Inc., Azonix Corp., Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, ISP, and Risknowlogy B.V.

Adoption and growth of the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure continues at a record pace, providing end users with the right solution for their business investments. 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.

The benefits of membership include:

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

For membership information, e-mail: info@fieldbus.org.

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

Foundation names latest James O. Gray scholarship winners

Three industrial automation students are recipients of this year's James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation scholarships. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002. The perpetual $250,000 endowment fund provides financial awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2007 winners are:

  • Kenneth Ng Choon Guan, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore. In his third year of study towards a diploma in electrical and computer engineering, Kenneth has a strong interest in fieldbus technology and instrumentation and automation control. His course of study involves the use of fieldbus technology in pilot plants. For his final year project, Kenneth participated in a pilot study for Petrobras Corp., which examined the interoperability of FOUNDATION devices with various FOUNDATION host systems. The project deepened Kenneth's interest in fieldbus technology, especially when integrated with Internet technology. In 2005, Kenneth completed a product and process research and development program. He was elected deputy class representative, promoted to class representative, and is currently a member of Singapore Polytechnic's student union. After graduation, Kenneth plans to pusue a degree in control and electrical engineering.
  • Jan Krak, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Czechoslovakian-born military pilot and engineer Jan Krak flew three types of military fighters and gained first-class military fighter pilot status in nine years of service. Looking for a new career path, Jan joined his father, a mechanical engineer, at a food technology company and returned to school at the Food Technology Institute, graduating with a diploma in fermentation process and control after two years of study. In pursuit of an instrumentation career, Jan, along with and his father, has been involved in food processing, refining, and process control projects in the Czech and Slovak RepublicsJan and his wife and daughter moved to Canada in 2003; there, he has continued his instrumentation career. He applied for a seat in the IIET program at SAIT in 2004 and is now a second-year student in the program. Jan joined ISA in June 2005 and will become a member of ASET this year. He will graduate from the IIET program in April 2008.
  • Akira Uehara, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan. Akira is a first-year master course student studying process diagnosis techniques, with a special interest in diagnostic techniques as a function block of FOUNDATION technology. The main theme of his study is the diagnosis of impulse line blockage involving a differential pressure transmitter. In conjunction with Yokogawa Corp., Akira discovered an improved diagnostic method for the device. Akira has presented papers to the Japanese Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering at Kyusus University, the Society of Instrument and Control Engineers at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in Osaka City University. Akira was a high-school exchange student, at North Field Mount Herman summer school in the United States.

Click here to learn more about the scholarship fund.

Fieldbus Foundation names general assembly speakers; opens registration

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Speakers for the Fieldbus Foundation 2007 General Assembly have been named. The annual event, to be held in Houston, TX, February 22-23, at the Houstonian Hotel, is expected to host 150+ controls and instrumentation end users from the process industries, as well as automation suppliers and members of the foundation's board of directors.

The theme of this year's General Assembly, "Changing the Playing Field," reflects the Fieldbus Foundation's emphasis on providing a total control system technology infrastructure for industrial manufacturing. Key topics will include open, scalable integration; process integrity; and business intelligence.

Speakers at the public session on Thursday, February 22, include:

Opening Address

  • Rich Timoney, Fieldbus Foundation, on "FOUNDATION Fieldbus Infrastructure Management"


  • Tim Haley, Corning Inc., on "Open, Scalable Integration"
  • John Rezabek, ISP, on "Process Integrity"
  • Herman Storey, Shell Global Solutions, on "Business Intelligence"

End-User Case Studies

  • Mike Miller, Duke Energy, on "Nuclear Perspective on a FOUNDATION Fieldbus Application"
  • Robert Rounding, British Petroleum (BP), on "Fieldbus—Made for SCADA at BP Wamsutter Wyoming"
  • Other speakers to be announced

Following the presentations, Larry O'Brien, research director-process automation, ARC Advisory Group, will give a keynote address at the evening reception. His presentation, "Beyond the Bus: FOUNDATION Fieldbus Is an Open and Integrated Automation Infrastructure," will discuss end-user motivations for adopting FOUNDATION technology. The evening reception will also feature a silent auction in support of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund.

A tabletop exhibition by major control system and instrumentation suppliers will showcase the latest FOUNDATION products, solutions, and services throughout Thursday.

On Friday, February 23, the Fieldbus Foundation will conduct its annual business meeting for members only.

Companies interested in sponsoring the 2007 General Assembly may e-mail marketing@fieldbus.org for more information.

Click here for more information on the 2007 General Assembly.

Register NOW! Click here for a registration form.

Developer training set for March

The Fieldbus Foundation has scheduled "Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus" and "Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus" training courses for March in Austin, TX. Sign up now to attend and further your education on technology enhancements..

Course Location Date Final registration deadline
Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus Austin, TX, USA March 6, 2007 Feb. 13, 2007
Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Austin, TX, USA March 7-9, 2007 Feb. 13, 2007

Course Descriptions:

  • "Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus"

This one-day vendor-neutral course is designed for developers, end users, marketing professionals, applications engineers, system integrators, and others interested in obtaining a fundamental knowledge of Foundation technology. Students will become familiar with the basic concepts and new terminology related to the Foundation integrated architecture. The technology introduces new terminology that control personnel must be confident with if they intend to be successful. Students will understand the key strategies for wiring and installation a fieldbus network. Special emphasis will be made on such design issues as power requirements, device types, and topologies.

For more information on this course, click here.

  • Advanced Principles of Foundation Fieldbus

This 3-day vendor-neutral course is designed for manufacturers and developers of Foundation hardware and software. It is best suited for development engineers, test engineers, and all who wish to understand the detailed, inner workings of a Foundation device. The course covers major tools used by Foundation device developers. Students will understand the basics of the bus monitor and apply this tool in interactive exercises that demonstrate fieldbus communications and the use of filters for network troubleshooting.

For more information on this course, click here.

Click here to register for these developer training courses today.

Click here to review all course agendas and other course dates.

Fieldbus educational series kicks off with seminars in Ontario, Louisiana

Fieldbus' series of educational seminars gets started for 2007 with sessions in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, on Feb. 28 and Lakes Charles, LA, on March 15. Oriented towards end users and engineering firms, this one-day instructional event describes how Fieldbus Foundation technology is "Changing the Playing Field" for industrial automation. The seminar presentation and demonstration will focus on the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure: process integrity; business intelligence; and open, scaleable integration. Local end user speakers will present case studies about their experiences with the technology in the afternoon.

Be sure to sign up to attend the upcoming seminars.

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ARC plans 11th annual manufacturing forum

ARC Advisory Group's forum: "Collaborative Manufacturing Strategies: Driving Performance in the Flat World" will address the extraordinary opportunities and threats created by today's "flat world." The event, which will take place Feb. 12-15, 2007, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL, includes informative, focused presentations by best-in-class CIOs, manufacturing and automation executives, and ARC's industry and technology analysts.

By attending the ARC Manufacturing Forum, attendees can learn how top industry leaders are successfully addressing today's business challenges to win. ARC says no other conference offers such a high level of personal interaction in an environment focused exclusively on manufacturing.

Click here to review a list of session topics, speakers, and hotel information.

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Free Fieldbus seminar offered in United Kingdom

The UK Fieldbus Foundation Marketing Group presents the Fieldbus Foundation Roadshow on Tuesday, Feb. 6th, 2007, at Reebok Stadium, Bolton.

This free seminar has material for new and experienced users of Foundation fieldbus systems. Presentations on fieldbus project economics, implementation of asset management, and the latest developments such as physical layer diagnostics, fault-tolerant segment design, and device interoperability using EDDL will give attendees a better understanding of Foundation technology. The seminar includes a tabletop vendor show.

Attendees will be served lunch and given a packet containing a CD of workshop presentations, technical guides, and much more.

To register or for more information, e-mail Christine Darcy at Moore Industries. [Spam protection requires Javascript be enabled to contact this address.] Or telephone +44 129 351 4488.

Click here to download a PDF of event information.

Click here for more on the event from the Fieldbus Foundation Website.

ABB Automation World will highlight FOUNDATION products

Registration is open for ABB's Automation World 2007 users' conference and exhibition. The event will be held at the Caribe Royale resort in Orlando, FL, March 20-22.

ABB Automation World 2007 will bring ABB customers, channel partners, and employees together to participate in user- and ABB-presented technical sessions that demonstrate how ABB's automation solutions deliver measurable results. Attendees will also be able to discuss practical applications of existing and new technologies. A 40,000 square foot exhibition hall will offer hands-on demonstrations and displays of ABB automation products and systems and a wide variety of ABB FOUNDATION products and solutions.

The Fieldbus Foundation will hold several workshops at the event. These include "FOUNDATION Fieldbus Safety Instrumented Systems Protocol," which provides an overview of the protocol; and "FOUNDATION Fieldbus Update," which discusses the latest developments in FOUNDATION technology. These include expanded capabilities, optimized H1 fieldbus, new collaborative developments supporting the OPC Unified Architecture and High Speed Ethernet (HSE), support for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), investigation of wireless technologies, development of requirements for HSE Remote I/O devices, and extension of Electronic Device Descriptions Language (EDDL).

Click here to register for ABB Automation World 2007.

Web resource expands, lists global installations

The Fieldbus Foundation's enhanced and improved Website now includes a global installation page listing FOUNDATION technology user sites around the world. The page is called the Web's most complete resource for fieldbus installation information. Market research indicates approximately 700,000 fieldbus devices are currently in service, with more than 10,000 fieldbus systems installed or on-order worldwide.

The new page lists fieldbus sites by geographical region (for example: North America, Europe) and vertical industry (for example: oil and gas, power). It also provides access to downloadable PDFs of case histories for a host of major FOUNDATION technology users.

Click here to view the global Installation page

Emerson wins contract to install digital system at power plant

Emerson Process Management has won a contract to install its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with the Ovation® expert control system at Xcel Energy's new Comanche Power Station Unit 3 near Pueblo, CO. The new facility is expected to be the largest showcase of digital bus technologies in a North American power plant. The digital bus approach has been to achieve significant construction ongoing operational savings in a number of industries

Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture uses high-speed communications networks, intelligent field devices, asset management software, and bus I/O technologies to help power producers control critical plant processes, increase plant efficiencies and megawatt production, and realize long-term operations and maintenance savings. For new plants, the system offers such additional advantages as lowering wiring costs, and streamlining device installation, communications verification and troubleshooting. The digital bus-based approach translates into faster startup, and reduced startup and commissioning costs.

When completed, Comanche Unit 3 is expected to feature the most extensive use of digital bus-based technologies in a North American power generation facility. Emerson's Ovation system will incorporate 220 FOUNDATION fieldbus segments and 28 DeviceNet segments to network 1,350 FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and 358 DeviceNet devices, respectively.

Click here for more information from Emerson about PlantWeb.

MooreHawke Trunksafe named 'breakthrough product'

Trunksafe Fault-Tolerant Fieldbus System from MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries-International, Inc., has been named a "Breakthrough product of the year" by Processing magazine.

The award, announced in the publication's December issue, recognizes Trunksafe's advanced technology and leadership position in the fieldbus industry, noting that it "provides a cost-effective, highly reliable method for maintaining continuous communications between a control system and FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 segment. In the event of a failure on a fieldbus segment, Trunksafe makes it possible for the control system to switch immediately and automatically to a redundant path."

Scott Saunders, the company's vice president of sales and marketing, called the award a fitting tribute to Trunksafe: "We are in the unique position of having the only cost-effective redundant fieldbus system in the world," he said, "and we are happy that Processing magazine recognized that our technology is worthy of this award."

Designed for plant-critical segments, Trunksafe's architecture substantially increases segment availability because no single point of failure (such as an open- or short-circuit) on a FOUNDATION fieldbus segment will shut down the network.

Click here for more information from the MooreHawke Website.

MTL introduces field-mounted wiring hub

MTL's new 9311-FB Fieldbus Barrier is a field-mounted wiring hub that creates four intrinsically safe spurs from a non-intrinsically safe trunk for connection to FOUNDATION H1 instruments in Zone 1 or Zone 0 hazardous areas. The barrier unit may be installed in Zone 1 (gas) or Zone 21 (dust), with the trunk wiring implemented in suitably protected cable and increased safety (Ex e) connection facilities. Typically, up to four fieldbus barrier modules can be connected together on one hazardous area trunk, allowing support for up to 16 H1 devices.

Key benefits of the new unit are intelligent power management, flexible grounding options, and wide ambient temperature range. It is bus powered and requires no additional power in the field. When the device is used with a host control system, power for the trunk may be provided by MTL-Relcom FPS or F800 Series power supplies. The barrier can be installed in a variety of standard or customer-specified field enclosures. Ancillary components, such as Ex-certified isolating switches, can also be provided to permit removal and replacement of fieldbus barrier modules in the hazardous area.

MTL offers a free software calculator tool to users design fieldbus segments using the 9311-FB.

Click here for more information from the MTL Website.

Turck spur blocks offer versatile, low-cost I/O management

A new line of spur blocks from Turck provide a versatile, low-cost way to distribute field devices for the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure and Profibus-PA. JRBS products offer the convenience of DIN-rail mounting in a rugged IP 20 design.

Line comes in several versions, incorporating features that enhance usability and simplify wiring in a variety of industrial applications. All JRBS products contain a selector switch for segment termination. They allow the segment to be continued for distribution of instruments in other locations with no additional accessories required. Some versions also offer short circuit protection with an adjustable limit for each spur, allowing the user to choose values between 30-60 mA via a rotary switch. These features are said to combine to provide an extremely cost-effective field device distribution product.

JRBS products are made from die-cast aluminum to create a robust housing with a temperature rating of -13 to 158 °F. They are available in 4-, 6- or 8-port configurations, and contain LED indications for spur status and segment power.

Turck is an industry leader providing superior quality sensing, connectivity, and network products to help manufacturers improve their automated processes. For information on Turck products or more technical data, call 1-800-544-7769 or email turckusa@turck.com. Or click here to visit the Turck Website.


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