March 2007
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Presentations, exhibits highlight a successful General Assembly

Study results: FOUNDATION dominates process fieldbus protocols

EUAC appointment: Wes Meger named Canadian representative

Whitepaper explains fieldbus automation infrastructure

Fieldbus technology demonstration part of Interkama exhibit

Next stop Boston: Free educational seminars continue

FOUNDATION training speeds product development

"Bahrain's Multaqa 2006" spotlights Fieldbus technology, developments

German conference targets end users, engineering contractors

Foundation sponsors process management academy

UK NMC hosts end user seminar

Brunner Mond installs FOUNDATION-based process automation system

Aniotek develops chips, components for fieldbus technology

Emerson communicator now supports more than 1,000 devices

Endress+Hauser flowmeters feature sophisticated diagnostics

Lee College takes modular approach to fieldbus training

New MTL diagnostics module mounts directly on power supplies

Northwire fieldbus cable designed for rugged industrial networks

Pepperl+Fuchs' mobile ADM 'brings control to the fieldbus'

Custom application: R. Stahl ISbus meets special needs

Softing gateway links FOUNDATION Fieldbus with Modbus/TCP



Presentations, exhibits highlight a successful General Assembly

More than 200 participants heard technical presentations by leading FOUNDATION technology experts and end users at Fieldbus Foundation's 2007 General Assembly, held in Houston Feb. 22-23 at the Houstonian Hotel. The theme of this year's meeting, "Changing the Playing Field," reflected the Fieldbus Foundation's emphasis on providing a total automation infrastructure management solution for industrial end users. The event included technical presentations on such key topics as open scalable integration, process integrity, and business intelligence.

The 2007 General Assembly opened with a presentation by Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney on FOUNDATION fieldbus Infrastructure Management. Timoney indicated the automation industry now recognizes that FOUNDATION technology is "more than a fieldbus protocol," and offers industrial end users a solution for enhancing their operational excellence and business results.

Timoney's introductory address was following by a presentation on Open Scalable Integration by Tim Haley of Corning Inc. Open scalable integration meets ARC's Collaborative Process Automation System (CPAS) model for process control systems and can be implemented in plants from one loop to the entire enterprise.

ISP Chemicals' John Rezabek, current chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation's End User Advisory Council (EUAC), described the various aspects of Process Integrity. Rezabek indicated that FOUNDATION fieldbus' function block structure supports control in the field, which is an enabler for single loop integrity and higher process availability. The technology's network management and Link Active Scheduler features also help ensure robust network performance.

Herman Storey, Shell Global Solutions, outlined improvements in Business Intelligence enabled by the FOUNDATION solution. The technology provides a high degree of business intelligence at the infrastructural level through its publish/subscribe capability. Incorporation of OPC UA into the FOUNDATION infrastructure supports business processes, production management, and enterprise level applications. The technology also offers enhanced capabilities for tracking, tracing, validation, and regulatory compliance for continuous and batch/hybrid process industries.

After lunch, Wes Meger discussed the use of FOUNDATION technology at Suncor Firebag Operations, one of the largest fieldbus installations in the Alberta, Canada region. Meger recently was named the Canadian representative on the Fieldbus Foundation's End User Advisory Council.

A talk by Robert Rounding, BP Wamsutter Wyoming British Petroleum (BP), on "Fieldbus—Made for SCADA" featured a demonstration of the FOUNDATION control system installed on BP's Wyoming gas production operation. Mike Miller of Duke Energy described his company's FOUNDATION fieldbus application. The Duke project is reported to be the largest fieldbus host system installation in the nuclear power industry, implementing FOUNDATION technology using H1 (31.25 kbit/s) and High Speed Ethernet (100 Mbit/s) speeds.

A Fieldbus Foundation press briefing for trade media attending the event followed the technical presentations. Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney outlined the results of a recent ARC Advisory Group study showing that FOUNDATION technology now accounts for more than 68% of all process fieldbus revenues. Timoney also discussed current fieldbus technical and marketing initiatives, and answered questions from the editors.

On Thursday evening, the foundation hosted a cocktail reception and silent auction benefiting the James O. Gray—Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund. Larry O'Brien, research director/process automation for the ARC Advisory Group, delivered the reception's keynote address, "Beyond the Bus: FOUNDATION Fieldbus is an Open and Integrated Automation Infrastructure."

O'Brien said that FOUNDATION technology is a unified infrastructure that manages data, communication, plant assets, and plant events while providing highly distributed control functionality and interoperability between devices and subsystems. This infrastructure is supplier neutral, standards based, and provides end users with a common framework to implement and manage strategies for operational excellence and continuous improvement in process manufacturing.

Leading automation vendors displayed FOUNDATION products and solutions in a tabletop exhibit throughout the event.

On Friday, Feb. 23, the Fieldbus Foundation conducted its annual business meeting for members only.

Click here to review the General Assembly presentations.



Study results: FOUNDATION dominates process fieldbus protocols

New market research confirms Fieldbus Foundation dominates fieldbus protocols in the process industries, the Fieldbus Foundation reports. An ARC Advisory Group study indicated that FOUNDATION technology now accounts for more than two-thirds of process fieldbus revenues.

"Fieldbus Solutions in the Process Industries Worldwide Outlook" stated that the global market for fieldbus solutions (those protocols included in IEC 61158) in the process industries reached USD $831.7 million in 2006 (Foundation Fieldbus $566 million). ARC projects current growth trends will expand the fieldbus market to more than USD $2,279 million in 2011, with FOUNDATION technology increasing its leadership and growing to more than $1.7 billion.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney said the new study is a key barometer of rising FOUNDATION technology demand. "As found in the ARC report, fieldbus protocols have gone 'mainstream.' Our technology is no longer confined to 'early adopter' industries such as petrochemicals and refining; increasingly, we are the solution of choice in industries like power, pulp and paper, and pharmaceuticals. Our members report sales of fieldbus-based products are increasing at a rapid pace, and are now a significant portion of their overall business activity," Timoney said. "Users are starting to understand that FOUNDATION technology is more than a communication network. It truly is an automation infrastructure that brings very positive returns to the bottom-line by enabling extensive business intelligence, process integrity, and open and scalable integration."

ARC Senior Process Automation Analyst Paula Hollywood, principal author of the study, observed, "Initially, the primary advantage of fieldbus was portrayed as reduced wiring, installation, and commissioning costs…end users are actually realizing greater benefits on the Operational Expenditure (OpEx) side in the form of quality improvements because of bi-directional digital communications and improved process efficiency due to linked intelligent devices that are capable of remote diagnostics. ARC's 2006 Fieldbus End User Survey respondents also indicated that improved productivity of maintenance technicians and field operators was the greatest benefit of fieldbus experienced to date."

Hollywood added, "There is a clear indication that fieldbus has made its way into the culture of process automation…users are moving beyond the early nuts-and-bolts concerns of deploying the technology and making it work to realizing the lifecycle benefits of fieldbus."

According to ARC, much of the worldwide growth for fieldbus can be attributed to robust functionality enabling integration of field data with asset management applications, and providing connectivity to safety systems through TÜV-approved fieldbus networks and other applications via technologies such as OPC.

Hollywood's report noted, "ARC expects fieldbus solutions will expand in functionality to fit a broader range of applications from the largest enterprises to more focused solutions that can grow in functionality as manufacturers increase investments."

ARC indicated developing markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China would experience the greatest fieldbus growth. Its study described Asia/Pacific as a "fieldbus growth engine," much the same as it has been for the process automation industry-at-large, with CAGR approaching 32%; and predicted Latin America would see a fieldbus growth rate of nearly 34% for combined IEC fieldbus protocols.

Aside from oil and gas, refining, petrochemical, and other "early adopters," ARC found a powerful value proposition for fieldbus in the hybrid industries—namely, food and beverage and pharmaceutical, particularly when it comes to easing the process of validation and regulatory compliance and the integration of batch procedural operations with continuous processes. The function block structure of FOUNDATION technology lends itself to these processes very well.

The study concluded that the most important fieldbus advantages exist in maintenance and operations. The technology itself is not a cost saver, but according to ARC, serves as "an enabler to a new level of asset management effectiveness that can significantly reduce operating costs and contribute to operational excellence."

Click here to obtain a copy of the ARC report from the ARC Advisory Group Website.



EUAC appointment: Wes Meger named Canadian representative

The Fieldbus Foundation has appointed Wes Meger the Canadian representative on its End User Advisory Council (EUAC). Meger is founder and owner of Stonehaven Quality Controls Ltd., an instrumentation firm providing maintenance support in the oil sands industry of Northern Alberta, Canada.

The Fieldbus Foundation's board of directors established the EUAC as a high-level end-user advisory board reporting directly to foundation management. The EUAC represents the interests of fieldbus End User Councils (EUCs) around the world, providing input on the direction of the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure and putting forth user requests for further technology development and enhancement. In addition to Meger, current EUAC representatives include: Tim Lim/Jim Russell (Australia), Chris Baltus (Europe), Satoru Nunokawa (Japan), Luay H. Al-Awami (Saudi Arabia), Herman Storey (United States), and John Rezabek, Chairman.

Welcoming Meger to the post, Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney said, "We are pleased to have Wes Meger join this important fieldbus end user organization. Wes is an automation industry veteran with many valuable insights on end-user requirements for process control and instrumentation systems. He is a strong advocate of digital control technology and has extensive experience using FOUNDATION fieldbus in the oil sands industry."

Meger is presently contracted to Suncor Energy, working as control systems lead for Suncor Firebag Operations, one of the largest FOUNDATION fieldbus installations in the Alberta region. Suncor's Firebag in-situ operations are located 40 km northeast of the company's original oil sands plant. As a key part of Suncor's plans to increase bitumen supply to its upgraders, in-situ technology opens up the potential to recover large reserves that can't be reached economically by traditional mining methods.

A native of Alberta, Canada, Meger has worked in the oil and gas industry since 1978 and has been involved in instrumentation for 18 years. He and his wife, Sandra, live in Fort McMurray, Alberta.

To review other press releases from the Fieldbus Foundation click here.



Whitepaper explains fieldbus automation infrastructure

A whitepaper of information about FOUNDATION technology can now be downloaded from the Fieldbus Foundation's Website. "FOUNDATION Fieldbus provides automation infrastructure for operational excellence," by ARC Advisory Group, examines key aspects of the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure and describes how industrial end users can improve their operational excellence and business results by implementing the technology.

The paper discusses three primary value propositions of FOUNDATION fieldbus: process integrity, business intelligence, and open scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants. It also addresses the "road ahead" for the technology.

Click here to download this white paper."




Fieldbus technology demonstration part of Interkama exhibit

Fieldbus Foundation will demonstrate its global strengths and capabilities in process and hybrid applications, based on its "Changing the Playing Field" theme, at Interkama 2007. The demonstration will be part of the Fieldbus Foundation exhibit at the international trade fair which takes place April 16-20 in Hannover, Germany. The 300 sq m booth is located in Hall 7, stand A10.

Coordinated by the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee, the booth will feature purpose-built kiosks offering an overview of key fieldbus applications and FOUNDATION technology solutions through displays and demonstrations of registered devices, host systems, tools, and services from more than 20 of the world's leading automation equipment suppliers. Experts will on hand to help visiting end users, integrators, contractors, and engineers acquire information and exchange experiences.

Marc Van Pelt, vice president, Fieldbus Foundation-EMEA Operations, said he is looking forward to another successful Interkama show: "The Fieldbus Foundation has exhibited at Interkama for several years now, but this year's booth is our largest yet. With over 300 sq m of booth space, we will be offering live demonstrations of several key development initiatives, including High Speed Ethernet (HSE) technology, FOUNDATION fieldbus safety instrumented systems (FF-SIS), and electronic device description language (EDDL) integration."

Van Pelt added, "In addition to the significant presence at this year's Interkama show, the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee participated in the recent Process Management Academy (PMA) organized by the ARC Advisory Group in Neuss, and hosted its third German End User Council meeting in Marl on Feb. 28th."

The technology displays and demonstrations will be accompanied by a daily promotional event and "Happy Hour" in the booth from 5:00-6:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served and Fieldbus Foundation promotional giveaways will be distributed.

On Tuesday April 17, the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC) will hold its annual meeting. EMEA EAC, which includes senior executives from EMEA's leading control and instrumentation companies, was established in 2005 in response to the growing demand for FOUNDATION technology in the EMEA industrial market. The advisory council is dedicated to promoting the adoption of FOUNDATION technology by automation equipment suppliers and end users.

A briefing to the German trade press will take place in the Fieldbus Foundation booth on Tuesday, April 17 from 3:00-4:00 pm, followed by a reception. Dr. Gunther Kegel, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC) and member of the Fieldbus Foundation Board of Directors, will provide an update of several aspects of FOUNDATION technology and its impact in the EMEA region. He will present the findings of a recent market study by the ARC Group on the market adoption of fieldbus protocols and an update on Fieldbus Foundation's recent technological developments, including the FF-SIS development project and progress made by the EDDL cooperation team. He will also highlight some of the Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA marketing activities and German End User initiatives. Members of the EMEA EAC will be available during the event and reception to visit with attendees.

Participating members at Interkama 2007 thus far include: ABB, Bürkert, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus International, Hans Turck, Honeywell, Invensys, Leoni Kerpen, Krohne, Magnetrol, Masoneilan, MTL Instruments, Northwire, Pepperl+Fuchs, R. Stahl, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Samson, Softing, Topworx, Wika, and Yokogawa.

For more information, e-mail germany_info@fieldbus.org or visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


Next stop Boston: Free educational seminars continue


Next stop for the Fieldbus Foundation's series of free educational seminars for 2007 is Boston, MA. Scheduled for April 12, the one-day instructional event is oriented to end users and engineering firms and describes how FOUNDATION technology is "Changing the Playing Field" for industrial automation.
The seminar presentation and demonstration focuses on the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure: open scalable integration, process integrity, and business intelligence. Local end users will present case studies about their experiences with the technology.

Be sure to sign up to attend!

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FOUNDATION training speeds product development

Developer training courses are set for Austin, TX, and Brielle, The Netherlands in May. Sign up now to attend one of these courses and further your education in fieldbus technology enhancements.

The schedule includes:

2007 DEVELOPER TRAINING SCHEDULE
Course Location Date Early registration deadline
(15% discount)
Final registration
deadline
Developing FOUNDATION device descriptions Austin, TX, USA May 1-4 2007 March 22, 2007 April 13, 2007
Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus Brielle, The Netherlands May 22, 2007 March 27, 2007 May 1, 2007
Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Brielle, The Netherlands May 23-25, 2007 March 27, 2007 May 1, 2007

Course Descriptions:

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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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 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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Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus

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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Register now for a developer training course.

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"Bahrain's Multaqa 2006" spotlights Fieldbus technology, developments

"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.


German conference targets end users, engineering contractors

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:

  • "Fieldbus Foundation in Germany" by Mr. Wolfgang Höferlin, Chairman, Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee;
  • "Designing and Planning a FOUNDATION Fieldbus Project" by Mr. Rappen, VTA;
  • "Operation and Maintenance of a FOUNDATION Fieldbus Installation" by Mr. Björg Otte, BP; and
  • "Trends and Technology Update" by Mr. Marc van Pelt, Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations.

The afternoon roundtable discussions and moderators included:

  • "Design and Planning" with Mr. David Friedrich;
  • "Operation and Maintenance" with Mr. Armin Scheuermann; and
  • "Commissioning" with Dr. Christine Eckert.

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.


Foundation sponsors process management academy

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.

For more information on FF GMC, send an e-mail to: germany@fieldbus.org

Read more about PMA on its Website.

For more information about ARC Advisory Group, visit its Website.


UK NMC hosts end user seminar

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 uk_info@fieldbus.org.

For more information about the End User Council, e-mail emea_euc@fieldbus.org.



Brunner Mond installs FOUNDATION-based process automation system

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.

Read or download the complete whitepaper.


Aniotek develops chips, components for fieldbus technology

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 communicator now supports more than 1,000 devices

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.



Endress+Hauser flowmeters feature sophisticated diagnostics

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.

Get more information from the Endress+Hauser Website.



Lee College takes modular approach to fieldbus training

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.



New MTL diagnostics module mounts directly on power supplies

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.

Get further information from the MTL Website.



Northwire fieldbus cable designed for rugged industrial networks

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.



Pepperl+Fuchs' mobile ADM 'brings control to the fieldbus'

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: sales@us.pepperl-fuchs.com. Or visit the Pepperl+Fuchs fieldbus Website.



Custom application: R. Stahl ISbus meets special needs

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.



Softing gateway links FOUNDATION Fieldbus with Modbus/TCP

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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