Developing FOUNDATION Device Descriptions
"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 DDs using the FOUNDATION fieldbus Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE).
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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 learn key strategies for wiring and installing a fieldbus network. Special emphasis will be placed on design issues such as power requirements, device types, and topologies.
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This three-day, vendor-neutral course is designed for manufacturers and developers of FOUNDATION hardware and software. It is intended for development engineers, test engineers, and those who wish to understand the detailed, inner workings of a FOUNDATION device. The course covers major tools used by fieldbus device developers. Students will learn bus monitor basics and apply this tool in interactive exercises demonstrating fieldbus communications and the use of filters for network troubleshooting.
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"Multaqa 2006," Fieldbus Foundation's End User Council-Middle East (FFEUCME) third annual meeting, unfolded at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Bahrain Dec. 12-13 2006. Coordinated by a team of FOUNDATION technology experts at Saudi Aramco and the FFEUCME, the two-day event offered end users, system integrators, and engineers an extensive program of presentations on FOUNDATION fieldbus installations and technology developments. A table top exhibit of FOUNDATION products and devices from 20 event sponsors gave attendees the opportunity to discuss applications with a number of vendors.
This year's Multaqa event featured a maintenance and diagnostic interoperability workshop where users evaluated maintenance and diagnostic interoperability between host-distributed control systems and instruments. Ahead of Multaqa, personnel from STC Brielle, a certified FOUNDATIONfieldbus training center based in the Netherlands, offered a three-day FOUNDATION technology training course to instrument and control professionals requiring additional "hands-on" experience.
More information about Multaqa is available from the Fieldbus Foundation Middle East End User Council.
The Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee put a slightly different spin on its third annual German FOUNDATION fieldbus conference last month, aiming the event at both end users and engineering contractors. This year's conference, held at the Feirerabendhaus auditorium in the Degussa-Hüls industrial area of Marl, Germany, on Feb. 28, 2007, featured morning seminars and roundtable discussions moderated by industry experts in which attendees could participate.
The event offered an opportunity for end users, engineering contractors, and system integrators to share and discuss their experiences with the implementation of FOUNDATION technology. More than 120 participants, including newcomers to FOUNDATION technology, experienced users with fieldbus plants operating in Germany, and technical experts from manufacturing companies, joined in the round table discussions about various aspects of fieldbus technology through the complete life cycle of a processing plant.
The morning presentations included:
The afternoon roundtable discussions and moderators included:
The event was sponsored by several leading suppliers of instrumentation and control systems, including: ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Hans Turck, Honeywell, Invensys, Leoni Kerpen, Mettler Toledo, MTL Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, R. Stahl, Rockwell Automation, Samson, WIKA and Yokogawa.
Delegates also had the opportunity to attend a FOUNDATION fieldbus training course the day before the German conference on February 27, also at the Feierabendhaus. The course was be conducted by trainers from Rheinhold & Mahla Prozesstechnik GmbH (formerly Infraserv Höchst), a certified FOUNDATION fieldbus training center and Fieldbus Foundation Center of Excellence. It included an overview of fieldbus technology, concepts, and comparisons with conventional technologies, and the FOUNDATION architecture. Examples using a test rig enhanced the presentations.
Learn more by visiting the Fieldbus Foundation Website.
The Fieldbus Foundation, represented by its German Marketing Committee, was among six industry association sponsors of the 3rd Process Management Academy (PMA), held Jan. 22-24, 2007, in Neuss, Germany. A number of Fieldbus Foundation member companies also were corporate sponsors and provided many speakers for the comprehensive three-day program.
Organized by the ARC Advisory Group, the PMA is an educational forum for professionals within the process industries to learn about the effective management and optimization of production plants. More than 300 participants attended more than 30 presentations and seminars addressing such topics as safety, life cycle costs, analytics technology, software solutions, field device diagnostics, and communication. The program also included keynote speeches by industrial end users, panel discussions, and round table sessions. An accompanying exhibition gave PMA participants the opportunity to discuss the products, innovations and solutions offered by the sponsoring companies and industry organizations.
ARC Advisory Group is planning a fourth PMA for January/February 2008.
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Success marked all aspects of a recent end-user event hosted by the Fieldbus Foundation U.K. National Marketing Committee (FF UK NMC) on Feb. 20, 2007, at the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough in northeast England.
The seminar targeted an audience of end users, contractors, specifiers, and implementers of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. It offered material for new and experienced FOUNDATION technology users through a comprehensive program of presentations that addressed fieldbus project economics, the implementation of asset management, and the latest technical developments including physical layer diagnostics, fault tolerant segment design, and device interoperability using enhanced EDDL.
In addition, an end user shared his company's FOUNDATION experiences. As well as enjoying the seminar program and hospitality offered, attendees also toured the grounds and facilities of this famous sports venue.
For more information about forthcoming U.K. events and the FF UK NMC, e-mail email@example.com.
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Brunner Mond, a manufacturer of alkaline-related products, replaced an outdated control system at its Northwich East soda ash operation in Cheshire, England, with a FOUNDATION-based process automation solution. Details of the project are outlined in a whitepaper, "FOUNDATION Technology: Automation Infrastructure for Operational Excellence," by Phil Stoor, senior project manager, which may be downloaded from the Fieldbus Foundation Website.
The facility, constructed in the early 1870s, consists of two manufacturing plants with a production capacity of approximately 900,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) and is one of Europe's largest manufacturing operations for alkaline-related products. The company sought a modern control system that would improve its operational efficiency, reduce plant maintenance costs, increase safety, and minimize unplanned shutdowns due to equipment failure. After considering various approaches, Brunner Mond selected FOUNDATION technology as its next generation DCS replacement. As part of the upgrade, the project team integrated the plant's existing SCADA system into the new control architecture.
According to Stoor, the control system upgrade resulted in process efficiency gains enabling Brunner Mond to increase its throughput without added raw material or energy consumption. This discovery of "free" product will provide economic payback on technology investments in less than 24 months, with benefits going straight to the company's bottom line.
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Aniotek, the Fieldbus Foundation's newest member, develops and sells chips and components for fieldbus technology. The company is dedicated to providing innovative solutions for IEC 61158 standard busses for process control. Its first ASIC, the fieldbus controller UFC100-F1, is said to be the only controller implementing all time critical functions of the FOUNDATION Data Link Layer. Included are address detection, filtering of received frames, timer management, and administration of the data link state machine.
Aniotek plans to further develop and enhance ASICs and other fieldbus-specific components used in fieldbus I/O devices, controllers, linking devices, and host interfaces. It will also provide technical support and expertise to help customers develop products using its fieldbus components. Aniotek offers hardware and software engineering services, performs analog and digital hardware design, integrate communication stacks with device application software, and handle FPGA design projects.
Learn more about Aniotek by visiting its Website.
Emerson Process Management's 375 Field Communicator achieved a major landmark as the de facto standard handheld interface for field instruments and valves. The device enables configuration, calibration, and troubleshooting of more than 1,000 FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART devices from 124 manufacturers, and is a key component of PlantWeb architecture.
The 375 is said to be the only intrinsically safe, handheld communicator that supports all FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART devices from all suppliers. Multi-vendor device support is a primary requirement of process manufacturing users. Availability of one universal tool simplifies the work and minimizes the equipment required by field technicians responsible for installing and maintaining the devices in their plant.
Electronic Device Description Language, a standard endorsed by HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation, achieves universal device support in the 375 Field Communicator. It uses Individual Device Descriptions (DDs) developed and tested by manufacturers for their respective devices and which are included with every Communicator. As new DDs become available, they may be downloaded from the Internet by 375 users. The Easy Upgrade feature helps users maintain support in their 375 for all instruments and valves in their plants easily.
Lean more on the Emerson Process Management Website.
Modern flowmeters from Endress+Hauser monitor events in their immediate process environment and their performance through self-diagnosis. Their capabilities provide operators with a continuous stream of information about the process in the plant.
Where problematic fluids (abrasive, corrosive, deposit-forming, etc.) are involved, diagnostic functions (F-CHIP) may issue early warnings of changes in the measuring system. Records of selected process and device parameters such as mass, density, temperature, or tube damping, among others, may be compared with reference values (for example, target values and fingerprints) and alarms issued when limits are exceeded.
Additional functionality for concentration measurement, viscosity measurement, and advanced diagnostics are available via software packages (F-CHIP). All measurement values can be transmitted via FOUNDATION fieldbus.
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Use of a modularized curriculum is helping The Fieldbus Center at Lee College become the premier customized training site for industries making the move to FOUNDATION fieldbus. The approach lets any course offered by the Fieldbus Center be adapted rapidly and effectively to suit any company's training and developing needs. The Center can also incorporate a company's equipment or software into a course. Such training provides students with the ability to unleash the power that FOUNDATION fieldbus puts at their fingertips.
The Fieldbus Center is home to products (devices, hosts, and software) from leading vendors in the industrial automation world. This collection, combined with the intensive hands-on skills incorporated in its classes, places the Fieldbus Center in a position to offer a vendor-neutral environment where students can learn the basics of fieldbus and gain valuable experience with the specific systems and devices they will be applying in their own installations.
Get more information from the Fieldbus Center at the Lee College Website.
F809F Fieldbus Diagnostics Module (FDM), new from MTL, mounts directly onto the carrier of an F8x0 or an F6x8 fieldbus power supply, offering a compact solution to power and diagnostics requirements. The FOUNDATION fieldbus device easily integrates with the host control system via a fieldbus segment, allowing network status and measured parameters to be displayed in the host control system instrument management software.
The F809F can monitor eight fieldbus segments, each with up to 32 devices displayed in the Segment Transducer Block. For typical applications, two fieldbus I/O cards and up to 12 fieldbus devices can be connected to each segment, so only 14 device data sets are used. The F809F fieldbus device description file enables all the fieldbus physical layer diagnostic data and alarms to be easily integrated into the user's choice of fieldbus control system. Default alarm limits are based on the fieldbus specification and are easily configurable within the control system's instrument management software. Instrument technicians who know how to view diagnostic data can get the full benefits of fieldbus physical layer diagnostics without any additional training.
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Northwire Inc., a leading manufacturer of cable for industrial networking, has introduced DataCell FOUNDATION fieldbus cable for H1 networks in rugged plant environments using networked process automation and control.
Northwire says it offers the only FOUNDATION fieldbus network cable rated for ITC/PLTC exposed-run (ER) applications, allowing users to eliminate conduit when the cable is installed according to recent National Electrical Code (NEC) amendments. The NEC was amended to permit exposed-runs of certain ITC/PLTC. Metal-clad cable or conduit is no longer required, resulting in significant material and installation cost savings.
The DataCell Field line includes more than a dozen FOUNDATION fieldbus cable versions including arctic-rated H1 that is multi-rated for ITC/PLTC and marine shipboard. DataCell cable complies with the FOUNDATION H1 specification for ISA SP-50 type "A." It is available in 18 AWG shielded twisted pair with a foil or braided shield, with or without ground wire, and multi-pair versions. PVC and TPU jackets are resistant to oil, sunlight, and water and come in standard and custom colors and versions.
Product ships in 15 days or less from the factory in minimum bulk quantities of 1,000 ft.
A free cable sample is available. Find out more by calling 877-210-9945 and visit the Northwire Website.
Mobile Advanced Diagnostic Module (ADM) from Pepperl+Fuchs is a comprehensive physical layer measurement tool for FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and Profibus-PA installations. Mobile ADM can be used in Zone 2/Class I, Div. 2 areas.
"The Mobile ADM brings control to the fieldbus by monitoring the fieldbus physical layer, while creating transparency and easy evaluation of FOUNDATION fieldbus and Profibus installations. Engineering contractors, commissioning experts, plant operators, and maintenance specialists gain visibility into the fieldbus physical layer for faster commissioning work, longer plant-uptime, true preventative maintenance, and efficient troubleshooting," said Kristen Barbour, Pepperl+Fuchs product manager.
The mobile module provides the exact segment and individual device data needed for analyzing the fieldbus physical layer and allows intermittent segment malfunctions to be traced without the need for a permanent connection. Passive input circuits and an external power supply leave the physical layer untouched. Additionally, a Diagnostic Manager offers a commissioning wizard, alarming and data logging, and a powerful built-in oscilloscope for displaying in-depth detail of fieldbus signals.
Mobile ADM eliminates repetitive tasks and automatically generates network documentation for each segment and device, and enables maintenance personnel to pinpoint fault locations quickly and efficiently from the control room. Comprehensive measurements are transmitted in real-time to the maintenance station and can be easily viewed by an OPC Software Client.
Pepperl+Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and application of high-quality process automation products and services. It is the number one provider of hazardous area technology from intrinsic safety to purge and pressurization, on-line corrosion monitoring, and fieldbus.
For more information, contact: Pepperl+Fuchs, 1600 Enterprise Pkwy, Twinsburg, OH 44087 by phone: 330- 486-0002; fax: 330 425-4607; or e-mail: email@example.com. Or visit the Pepperl+Fuchs fieldbus Website.
Fieldbus projects involve more than just delivering components. Customers have different requirements and ideas. R. Stahl provides the expertise, experience and material to fulfil these requirements. One example of a custom solution (shown in the photo) is a Zone 1 hazardous location installation that has three intrinsically safe Field Device Couplers from R. Stahl's ISbus range in one large plastic enclosure. They are connected to a non-intrinsically safe trunk, but each individual trunk must be able to be switched off without opening the enclosure. To do this, three explosion-protected switches were installed on the right-hand side in a separate "Ex e chamber." Lightning protection for individual spurs and the trunk was also integrated into the system.
In this example, the customer chose a multipoint grounding solution. Explosion protection rules required the armoured cable be grounded separate from the trunk and spurs grounds. R. Stahl created a flexible grounding system to fulfil these requirements, although it also offers the alternatives of single-point and capacitive grounding.
Customized and flexible are what "fieldbus solutions" mean to R. Stahl.
For more information, visit the fieldbus portion of the R. Stahl Website.
A fieldbus gateway from Softing, one of the world's largest FOUNDATION fieldbus technology providers, lets users link existing H1 networks with Modbus/TCP networks.
FOUNDATION fieldbus is one of the fastest growing technologies in the process automation industry. To participate in this emerging market, control system manufacturers (for example, PLC vendors) are facing the challenge of building complex and expensive interfaces for their products.
Softing's FOUNDATION fieldbus-to-Modbus/TCP gateway, FG-100/M, represents an efficient, yet economical solution for those control system manufacturers who want to avoid the time-consuming and expensive development efforts of creating a dedicated H1 interface for their devices. The certified FG-100/M offers one Modbus/TCP port connected to the control device (such as a PLC) and up to four H1 ports that connect to H1 field devices. The gateway includes an integrated Web server that provides an easy-to-use interface for mapping process data retrieved from connected H1 devices to standard Modbus holding registers (4x Registers). A PLC controls H1 devices simply by accessing the holding registers in the FG-100/M.
For more information, contact Softing North America Inc. 29 Water St., Suite 301, Newburyport, MA 01950 by phone: 978-499-9650; fax: 978-499-9654; or e-mail: Ken.Hoover@softing.com. Or visit the Softing Website.
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