December 2007
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2008 General Assembly called 'most important event of the year'

ISA South America: Fieldbus Foundation technology on display

Fieldbus Foundation names scholarship recipients

New temperature transducer block spec released

Free download: H1 cable test specification available

New devices registered: Product list grows

2008 global Fieldbus events: Plan today to attend!

Developer training offered: Courses set for March

New Swedish marketing committee promotes FOUNDATION technology

French marketing committee hosts end-user seminar

Malaysia conducts Fieldbus educational seminar

CIS&B end-user seminar called successful

India Marketing Committee exhibit wins 'best booth' display award

Opportunities, threats focus of ARC Advisory Group forum

Attendance grows at Fieldbus Center training courses

ARC to host European process management academy

Emerson to automate energy recovery plant in Paris

Endress+Hauser introduces Fieldbus head transmitter

NI OPC server intended for open system communication

Northwire cable made for rugged environments

P+F Ethernet isolators for high-speed devices in hazardous locations

R. Stahl tool supports 8-spur barrier, digital I/O coupler

Turck vertical junction box has removable terminals



2008 General Assembly called 'most important event of the year'

Calling it the most important event of the year, the Fieldbus Foundation has set its annual General Assembly for Feb. 27-29, 2008, at the Antwerp Hilton Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium. Open to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members, the gathering will include FOUNDATION technology suppliers, end users, and industry participants from around the world. The theme of the meeting, "Why FOUNDATION Has Become The Standard," reflects FOUNDATION fieldbus as the global "technology-of-choice" for process automation. FOUNDATION technology now holds a major share of European chemical, pharmaceutical, and oil and gas markets, as well as many other process industries. Don't delay: register today to attend the 2008 General Assembly!

The meeting will open Wed., Feb. 27, with an overview of current Fieldbus Foundation developments around the globe. The program will include end-user presentations on process integrity, open scalable integration, and business intelligence. Supporting demonstrations and Q&A sessions will let attendees share experiences and insights.

Highlighting the evening reception will be a keynote address by Dr. Norbert Kuschnerus, president of the NAMUR board of management and Senior Vice President, Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany. Kuschnerus will discuss how end users like Bayer can use the enabling capabilities of fieldbus technology now and in the future.

The Fieldbus Foundation annual business meeting for members only will take place Fri., Feb. 29. Concurrent end-user workshops on fieldbus engineering, implementation, and maintenance will be offered to attendees at ACTA (Antwerp Center for Applied Automation), a local academic institution. The sessions will provide hands-on training on live fieldbus segments.

In addition, major control system and instrumentation suppliers will display their latest FOUNDATION fieldbus products, solutions, and services at a technology showcase open throughout the event.

Register now.

Are you interested in sponsoring the Fieldbus Foundation General Assembly? E-mail marketing@fieldbus.org.



ISA South America: Fieldbus Foundation technology on display

The Fieldbus Foundation participated for the first time in ISA South America 2007, displaying FOUNDATION fieldbus technology in one of the largest fieldbus exhibits ever offered in the region. During the three-day show in São Paulo, Brazil, Nov. 27-29, the foundation stand was a necessary stop for those seeking innovation with efficiency. The display explained how FOUNDATION fieldbus is "Changing the Playing Field" in industrial automation and featured a "wall-of-fame" of numerous registered fieldbus devices. Exhibit sponsors included: ABB, Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, Invensys, Mettler Toledo, MooreHawke, MTL, Northwire, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. Stahl, Smar, Turck, Westlock, and Yokogawa.

ISA South America is an important annual event serving the control and instrumentation community in Brazil and throughout Latin America. Industry studies have shown that Brazil is one of the world's fastest growing industrial markets with an increased demand for automation equipment used in both Greenfield and Brownfield projects.

Major companies from various industrial sectors visited the Fieldbus Foundation stand, demonstrating strong interest in the open, scalable FOUNDATION system architecture. The stand hosted presentations describing the impact of FOUNDATION technology on business intelligence and process integrity. Leading end users such as Petrobras, Duratex, and Cenibra reported on their fieldbus experiences. Visitors to ISA South America 2007 were able to share information with current fieldbus users, view state-of-the-art equipment, and have their questions addressed by the experts in the field.

For information on upcoming events, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.



Fieldbus Foundation names scholarship recipients

Four students from around the world are the latest winners of the 2007-2008 James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation educational scholarships, the Fieldbus Foundation has announced. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, long-time Fieldbus Foundation leader who passed away in 2002. The perpetual $250,000 endowment fund provides financial awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2007-2008 scholarship recipients are:

Muhammad Dzahir Bin Mohamed Zain, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: In his third year of studies at Singapore Polytechnic, Muhammad Dzahir Bin Mohamed Zain is pursuing a degree in electrical and electronic engineering. His career path focuses on control engineering with an emphasis on smart instruments, fieldbus systems, and building automation services. After graduation, he plans to attend a major university in Singapore or overseas.

Robert Lawrence, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: In his second year of the two-year Instrumentation Engineering Technology program at the SAIT, Robert Lawrence works part-time in the instrumentation field building analyzers and sample systems. He is a mature student who provides leadership in class by applying his work experiences in the lab environment.

Akira Uehara, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan: Akira Uehara is a second-year student at Waseda University studying process diagnostics with FOUNDATION fieldbus. His course work focuses on instrumentation issues, including detection of impulse line blockages in differential pressure transmitters. He will present a paper on this topic at the upcoming Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers conference. Akira will complete studies for a master's degree in mechanical engineering in the spring of 2008.

Jamie Hawes, Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA: Seeking an associate of applied science (AAS) degree from Lee College, Jamie Hawes has a strong interest in advanced control technologies such as FOUNDATION fieldbus. She is an active member of the Lee College section of the Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society (ISA) and belongs to the Nexus of Instrumentation Women (NIW). Jamie plans to continue her education by pursuing an electrical engineering degree at the University of Houston and intends to pursue a career in instrumentation engineering.

Jim Gray, the man for whom the scholarship fund was named, worked at Invensys/Foxboro for 25 years as sales and marketing manager. He was very active in the Fieldbus Foundation from its inception and served as secretary of the board of directors, a member of the executive committee, and a member of the U.S. marketing committee.

Learn more about the scholarship fund by visiting the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


New temperature transducer block spec released

The Fieldbus Foundation has released an additional FOUNDATION fieldbus specification addressing temperature transducer blocks. The new spec includes features that enable automation equipment suppliers to improve further the interoperability and reliability of registered, FOUNDATION-compliant products.

The specification—Document FF-904—describes the FOUNDATION fieldbus standard temperature and calibration transducer block. Both single- and dual-temperature sensor implementations fall under the standard temperature block specification, which includes the standard set of parameters and view lists for these two transducer block profiles.

The introduction of the Standard Temperature Transducer Block specification is intended to give end users increased confidence when implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus systems. The new spec demonstrates the Fieldbus Foundation's continued commitment to bolstering its technology infrastructure for the benefit of the industrial automation market.

Fieldbus Foundation members can download the new specification from Fieldbus Forums. For more information, email info@fieldbus.org.



Free download: H1 cable test specification available

FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 cable test specification is now available for download. The new specification includes test cases to help automation end users ensure that their wiring systems are suitable for fieldbus system operation.

The H1 Cable Test Specification, Document FF-844, is designed for manufacturers developing cables for FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 (31.25 kbit/s) installations. The specification test cases, based upon the IEC 61158-2:2003 standard, include—but are not limited to—impedance, capacitive unbalance, connector pin-outs, and attenuation. Cable manufacturers may submit test reports to the Fieldbus Foundation, which will initiate a cable registration process in the near future.

Release of the new H1 cable specification helps ensure robust and reliable fieldbus physical layer performance. End users are expected to be the main beneficiaries of the specification's rigorous suite of cable test cases.

Fieldbus Foundation members can download the new specification from Fieldbus Forums. For more information, email info@fieldbus.org.


New devices registered: Product list grows


The Fieldbus Foundation's list of registered products continues to grow. If you are interested in the latest available new equipment, check out the catalog, and the most recently registered devices listed below.

New registrations for December:

Click here to review all available registered devices.



2008 global Fieldbus events: Plan today to attend!

The Fieldbus Foundation offers many informational and educational events around the globe. Make plans now to attend an event in your area.

LOCATION DATE EVENT and CONTACT INFORMATION

Reading, England

Jan. 29. 2008

FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Email UK_info@fieldbus.org

Antwerp, Belgium Feb. 27-28, 2008 Fieldbus Foundation General Assembly 2008
Click here for more information

Cardiff, Wales

Mar. 4, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Email UK_info@fieldbus.org
Houston, Texas, USA April 10, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information
Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA May 8, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information
Mexico City, Mexico June 10, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sept. 11, 2008

FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information

Pleasanton, California, USA Oct. 2, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information
Savannah, Georgia, USA Nov. 6, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Nov. 20, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information

Click here for a complete list events.


Developer training offered: Courses set for March

The Fieldbus Foundation will conduct two developer training courses in March, 2008, in Austin, TX, USA; and Brielle, The Netherlands. They are: "Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus" and "Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus."

March developer training schedule:

Course Location Date

Early registration deadline
(15% discount)

Final registration deadline
Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus Brielle, The Netherlands March 4, 2008 Jan. 8, 2008 Feb. 12, 2008
Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Brielle, The Netherlands March 5-7, 2008 Jan. 8, 2008 Feb. 12, 2008
Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus Austin, Texas, USA March 18, 2008 Jan. 22, 2008 Feb. 26, 2008
Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus Austin, Texas, USA March 19-21, 2008 Jan. 22, 2008 Feb. 26, 2008

Training course details:

Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus

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 understand to be successful. Students will learn key strategies for wiring and installing a fieldbus network. Design issues such as power requirements, device types, and topologies will be emphasized.

Click here for more information on this course.

Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus

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 participate in interactive exercises demonstrating fieldbus communications and the use of filters for network troubleshooting.

Click here for more information on this course.

To register today, click here.


New Swedish marketing committee promotes FOUNDATION technology

The Fieldbus Foundation's newly formed Swedish Marketing Committee (FF-SW MC) will promote the adoption of FOUNDATION technology in the Swedish market through a range of end-user activities, including supplier training sessions, trade show participation, and end user seminars.

Formal launch of the FF-SW MC took place at the inaugural meeting Oct. 31 in Göteborg, Sweden. It was attended by representatives from ABB, Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, MooreHawke/Jmex, MTL/Intex Process, Pepperl+Fuchs, R.Stahl, Samson, Turck, and Yokogawa/Omni Process. During the meeting, the group elected a supervisory committee and named Otto Erixon (MTL/Intex Process) chairman, Thomas Winemar (Turck) vice-chairman, and Peter Lindberg (Emerson Process Management) secretary.

The gathering was supported by Travis Hesketh, vice-chairman, Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee; and Roger Highton, director, Fieldbus Foundation EMEA End User Councils. The Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC) and the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee fully support the new effort.

Welcoming the formation of the FF-SW MC, Hesketh said: "The established automation market is looking for opportunities to adopt FOUNDATION technology to deliver business advantages. The Swedish committee and its members will play an important role in promoting the primary value propositions of FOUNDATION technology and delivering CAPEX and OPEX savings to users."

Plans for the coming year include hosting a fieldbus supplier training day on Feb. 5, participation in the ITF exhibition and seminar in Stockholm Feb. 6-7, and an end user seminar in Göteborg in Oct. 2008.

For more information, email sweden_info@fieldbus.org.


French marketing committee hosts end-user seminar

The Fieldbus Foundation's French Marketing Committee (FF FMC) is basking in the success of its recent end-user presentation and demonstration. The half-day seminar, held in Lille, France, Oct. 4, focused on FOUNDATION fieldbus solutions, and the benefits and advantages of the technology to end users.

Attendees learned how FOUNDATION fieldbus unifies process integrity, business intelligence, and open scalable integration as part of a single, plant-wide solution. Called a "technology of choice" in the process industries, FOUNDATION technology provides an automation infrastructure for operational excellence. Key to the event was a live, interoperable demonstration of five separate host systems with interfaces from three interface suppliers and multiple devices from five device suppliers. Attendees received hands-on practical experience with a range of products available to the industry and saw their interoperability within a FOUNDATION fieldbus system.

Following the demonstration, attendees heard presentations on reference systems and applications. Discussions after the presentations included the opportunity to consider applications within attendees' own plants and to meet with fieldbus experts from the FF FMC. A complimentary lunch concluded the event and provided a forum for further discussion.

Claudie Damade, Chairman, FF FMC, said he was pleased with the feedback from attendees. "We allowed more time to be spent on the hands-on demonstration and kept the presentations focused and concise," he said. "This has been well received by prospective users because they have been able to see for themselves how they can create a FOUNDATION system within their own plants and have had their questions and concerns answered directly."

For more information about the FF FMC and its activities, visit the French section of Fieldbus Foundation Website or email france_info@fieldbus.org.


Malaysia hosts Fieldbus educational seminar

The Fieldbus Foundation Malaysia pro-tem committee joined with the Singapore committee to conduct a FOUNDATION fieldbus educational seminar Oct. 31, 2007, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

FOUNDATION fieldbus has gained mainstream acceptance in Malaysia and is already used in onshore and offshore installations in industries from biofuels to synthetic rubber. New fieldbus projects also are planned. The seminar gave the local technical community the opportunity to learn more about the technology.

Exhibiting sponsors included ABB, Dresser, Emerson Process Management, Kerpen, Mettler-Toledo, MooreHawke, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, R. Stahl, Smar, Topworx, Turck, Yamatake, and Yokogawa, who demonstrated various fieldbus devices as part of a tabletop exhibition. Product displays included control systems and device management software, handheld field communicator and laptop tools, valve positioners, transmitters and converters, cables, analyzers, power supplies with diagnostics, safety barriers, junction bricks, and PLCs.

More than 80 participants from domestic and international end-user companies and EPCs attended. The event covered technical and business topics ranging from business intelligence as part of the automation infrastructure, fieldbus installation, and control in the field to bus design validation tools, diagnostics tools, engineering best practices, future developments, commissioning, and device management.

Seminar guest-of-honor Ali Azizan Maamor, principal engineer with the Malaysian national oil and gas company Petronas Carigali Sdn Sdn, gave a presentation on the company's experience with FOUNDATION fieldbus, starting with pilot installations in 2002, followed by gas district cooling, offshore platforms, and cogeneration. His key message: FOUNDATION fieldbus is the preferred bus technology for Petronas. Realization of space optimization on offshore platforms has been a major win for the company.

Bala Chinappan, president for the pro-tem Fieldbus Foundation committee in Malaysia, said, "The large turnout of seminar participants is a clear indication of accelerating growth for the FOUNDATION technology in Malaysia, and the support by so many vendors is a clear indication of their commitment to meeting the needs of Malaysian end users. Many companies in this region are now working on their second or third FOUNDATION technology project."

Click here for more information about upcoming events in Malaysia.


CIS&B end-user seminar called successful

A FOUNDATION fieldbus end-user seminar conducted recently by the Fieldbus Foundation CIS&B marketing committee (FF CIS&B MC) met with considerable success. The event, held Nov. 6, 2007 during the 11th International Exhibition of Oil & Gas Industry—Oil & Gas 2007, at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, was the first in a series organized by the newly established FF CIS&B MC. Following the theme, "FOUNDATION Fieldbus: How to Begin," the seminar introduced the basics of FOUNDATION technology and its benefits to current and prospective end users.

The free event drew 14 end users, engineering contractors, and suppliers from the Kiev region. Dmitri Volkov, chairman, FF CIS&B MC, guided the audience through a general introduction to FOUNDATION technology, an overview of systems engineering, and the CAPEX and OPEX savings benefits of implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus. Vladimir Frolov, vice-chairman, FF CIS&B MC, presented specific information about segment design.

Attendees received practical, hands-on experience through a live FOUNDATION fieldbus demonstration and had the opportunity for discussion at a Q&A session. In addition, attendees were able to discuss solutions and device options displayed by foundation member companies throughout the day. A complimentary luncheon also was served.

Committee Chairman Dmitri Volkov said he was very satisfied with the seminar outcome. "The feedback that we have received from all attendees has been very positive," he said. "We are delighted that our proposed series of seminars will introduce the benefits of FOUNDATION technology to both current and prospective end users across the region. We are now planning events to be held in Moscow and St. Petersburg in the near future."

For more about the FF CIS&B MC and upcoming events, email CISB_info@fieldbus.org.


India Marketing Committee exhibit wins 'best booth' display award

Following on the success of its Mumbai End User Event in August, the Fieldbus Foundation India Marketing Committee (FFIMC) participated in the second event of its inception year. The Committee hosted an interoperability display booth and technology event as part of the Delhi ISA Expo held Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in Delhi, India.

Thousands of technical experts representing the entire spectrum of instrumentation and automation visited the exhibit. According to the FFIMC, its Foundation Fieldbus interoperability booth was the center of attention at the show and received the "Best Booth Award" from show management.

Putting together the booth in the short time available was a monumental task for the FFIMC. However, the energetic team under the technical guidance of V. P. Raman and event leadership of Raman Kalra made the effort a success Rich Timoney and Hisashi Sasajima provided unwavering support from the start and were present at the event. Timoney gave the keynote address at the technology event, and made technical presentations on various subjects. He also inaugurated the FF training session, which was conducted as part of the 3-day event.

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


Opportunities, threats focus of ARC Advisory Group forum

The extraordinary opportunities and threats created by today's global market are the focus of ARC Advisory Group's upcoming 12th annual forum. "Winning Strategies and Best Practices for Global Manufacturers," will take place Feb. 4-7, 2008, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, and will include presentations by best-in-class CEOs, manufacturing and automation executives, and ARC industry analysts.

Attendees will hear how top industry leaders are addressing business challenges successfully and continually improving their strategies to reach operational excellence. ARC Advisory Group reports that no other conference offers such a high level of personal interaction in an environment focused exclusively on manufacturing.

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

Click here to register. For a 10% discount, type "Association" in the source code box on the registration form.


Attendance grows at Fieldbus Center training courses

In this plant setting, Tex Woodall (from left), Jessica Winans, and David Aleman show some of the tools used in Course 401: Fieldbus Applications, which consists of a week of instruction for instrumentation technicians, process operators, and, other personnel who need to be certified in FOUNDATION fieldbus. Photo by Jeff Myers, Houston.

Demand for training is growing, reports the Fieldbus Center at Lee College, Baytown, TX, a provider of certified FOUNDATION fieldbus instruction. Its October 22-26 Course 401 on Fieldbus Applications was sold out. Growing attendance is believed to reflect a greater acceptance of FOUNDATION technology by end users throughout the process industries.

Fieldbus Center Director Chuck Carter stressed the importance of certified fieldbus training. "Plants successfully implementing fieldbus have found training an essential element in control system projects," said Carter. "Experienced process engineers, instrument technicians, and maintenance workers may not be adequately prepared for fieldbus, even if they are skilled in conventional control system environments."

He added, "Key to successful fieldbus operations is the ability to effectively design, install, service, and operate a new breed of process automation system. Fieldbus is not more difficult than traditional automation technologies, but it is different, affecting the planning, implementation, and operational aspects of a project. Once learned, fieldbus is actually simpler than conventional control strategies in many respects."

Course 401 consists of a week of instruction designed for instrumentation technicians, process operators, and other personnel who need to be certified in FOUNDATION fieldbus. Topics include: Introduction to Fieldbus, Device Installation Planning, Tagging Devices, Fieldbus Maintenance, Fieldbus Wiring and Cabling, Installing a Fieldbus Segment, Network and Device Configuration, Testing and Troubleshooting, Certification and Testing, and Hands-on Fieldbus Lab. The only prerequisite is current instrument field experience.

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Center Website.


ARC to host European process management academy

ARC Advisory Group is hosting an educational event designed for professionals in the process industries. The 4th annual Process Management Academy (PMA) takes place on January 28-30 in Düsseldorf, Germany, at the Maritim Airport Hotel.

More than 300 production and engineering decision-makers are expected to attend to learn how to effectively manage and optimize production plants using collaborative manufacturing concepts and technologies. The international event features speakers from around the world, including executives from Arla Foods, BP, Degussa, EDF, Merck, and Shell. Leading companies will share their experiences and best practices and discuss strategies for success. Topics include control architecture and migration strategies, safety, field instrumentation impact on asset management and plant performance, manufacturing software solutions, and emerging standards of industrial communication.

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers and gather intelligence about the latest developments in process automation solutions. In addition, manufacturers can participate in a benchmarking workshop that shows how companies measure performance and develop best practices to make their processes more efficient and effective.

Click here for more information, or contact Uwe Grundmann by phone at +49-211-3003-416 or email at ugrundmann@arcweb.com.


Emerson to automate energy recovery plant in Paris

Emerson Process Management will digitally automate one of Europe's most innovative recycling and energy recovery plants being built by Syctom on the banks of Paris' River Seine. Under the recently awarded contract, Emerson will install PlantWeb digital plant architecture with FOUNDATION fieldbus technology for the major project that will recycle refuse from 1.1 million Paris residents, converting the waste into energy.

The Syctom project is designed to be a technological showcase with special consideration given to integrating the building into the surrounding environment. Two-thirds of the structure will be underground to minimize the impact on the local community. It will have no steam plume or chimneys, and will not discharge any industrial water into the Seine.

"There have been many environmental issues to be addressed, in particular the sensitive area of emissions," said Dominique Coutart, Project Director, Syctom. "Emerson's PlantWeb architecture and the innovative design of the plant will ensure that emissions will be significantly lower than the stringent levels required by the latest European regulations."

Emerson's Rosemount Analytical instruments will continuously monitor emissions to ensure that the plant meets all the required criteria. Dioxins, cadmium, and sulfur dioxide are among emission levels being monitored. Sophisticated treatment equipment will guarantee smoke emissions will be less than 50% of the European limit.

The installation is based on Emerson's PlantWeb digital plant architecture, including a DeltaV digital control system and FOUNDATION fieldbus communications technology with 65 segments and more than 500 intelligent devices from several vendors.

Find out more from the PlantWeb Website.


Endress+Hauser introduces Fieldbus head transmitter

iTemp TMT85 head transmitter for assembly in a connection head of Form B is the latest addition to Endress+Hauser's FOUNDATION fieldbus temperature transmitter portfolio. The product's reliability, long-term stability, high accuracy, and advanced diagnostics are said to make it suitable for a variety of applications.

Sensors can be connected in a number of different ways, for example: 2xPt100/3-wire. In addition to traditional gold-plated screw terminals, a version with spring-loaded clamps is available, shortening wiring time and ensuring a permanent safe contact between conductor and clamp.

High accuracy is ensured by sensor-transmitter matching options using Callendar-Van Dusen coefficients for Pt100 resistance thermometers or a polynomial for copper/nickel resistance thermometers.

The transmitter provides a number of diagnosis functions: open and short-circuit detection, incorrect wiring, and corrosion detection of sensor cabling on RTD 4-wire connection or thermocouples. In 2-channel-operation, a backup function and sensor drift recognition are available.

For more information, visit the Endress+Hauser and Fieldbus Foundation Websites.



NI OPC server intended for open system communication

National Instruments' NI-FBUS OPC Server provides a means of bringing data and information from FOUNDATION devices on an H1 or HSE network into client applications. It is OPC Data Access 3.0-compliant, has passed all OPC conformance tests, and supports FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and HSE communication.

The data from FOUNDATION fieldbus objects can be shared between a variety of applications through NI-FBUS OPC Server from HMI software and data historians to large manufacturing execution system (MES) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. The NI-FBUS OPC Server makes it easy to integrate NI LabView into a FOUNDATION fieldbus system, which extends fieldbus applications with additional functionality for HMI, analyzing, logging, and interacting with other hardware or devices.

For more information, visit the National Instruments Website or email fieldbus.support@ni.com. Click here to download NI-FBUS Configurator 3.2.1. No software activation is required to use NI-FBUS OPC server.



Northwire cable made for rugged environments

DataCell FOUNDATION fieldbus cable from Northwire Inc., a leading manufacturer of cable for industrial networking, is intended for H1 networks in rugged plant environments using networked process automation and control.

Northwire reports it offers the only FOUNDATION fieldbus network cable rated for ITC/PLTC exposed-run (ER) applications, which allows users to eliminate conduit when the cable is installed in accordance with recent National Electrical Code (NEC) amendments. The NEC was amended to permit exposed-runs of certain ITC/PLTC. The move to no longer require metal-clad cable or conduit significantly lowers material and installation costs.

The DataCell Field line includes more than a dozen FOUNDATION fieldbus cable versions, such as arctic-rated H1 that is multi-rated for ITC/PLTC and marine shipboard use. DataCell cable complies with the FOUNDATION fieldbus 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 in multi-pair versions. PVC and TPU jackets are resistant to oil, sunlight, and water, and are offered in standard and custom colors and versions.

DataCell cable ships in 15 days or less direct from the factory and in bulk quantities of 1,000 ft. minimum. Free samples are available.

Learn more by visiting the Northwire Website or calling 877-210-9945.



P+F Ethernet isolators for high-speed devices in hazardous locations

Pepperl+Fuchs intrinsic safety FieldConnex Ethernet Isolators are galvanically isolated to allow users, for the first time, to connect high-speed data devices located in hazardous location applications directly to a standard Ethernet line. They also allow for back-to-back "pass through" applications without requiring separate hardware. A specialized PCB-mounted version allows OEMs to integrate intrinsically safe Ethernet seamlessly into their own equipment.

FieldConnex Ethernet Isolators combine intrinsically safe energy limitation and galvanic isolation. The isolator can be installed in a safe area, or in a Zone 2 or Zone 1 area, when housed in a suitable enclosure. Two isolators must always be used together, as combining the isolators creates an intrinsically safe link that can be routed through a Zone 0 or Zone 1 hazardous area.

According to Robert Schosker, Pepperl+Fuchs product manager, "Pepperl+Fuchs envisions the future of intrinsic safety as being tied to the ability to reduce the amount of field wiring coming from the hazardous area, decreasing installation and commissioning time, while increasing process system integrity. In keeping with that vision, we collaborated with leading innovators in the oil extraction field to develop this truly unique intrinsically safe Ethernet isolator that represents a quantum leap forward in providing infrastructure and installation technology for hazardous area applications."

The device makes Ethernet cable installation intrinsically safe by limiting the energy that can be delivered from the non-hazardous to the hazardous area, while still allowing full Ethernet communications data to pass through a device. Galvanic isolation eliminates equi-potential bonding and solid grounding between the area of installation and the connection point in the hazardous area. In addition, when combined with safe energy limitation, galvanic isolation eliminates the need for expensive and inflexible hazardous area conduit applications. This new category of Ethernet isolators is compatible with all IEEE standards, and provides high noise immunity and low heat dissipation in a compact housing.

For more information, visit the Pepperl+Fuchs Website.



R. Stahl tool supports 8-spur barrier, digital I/O coupler

R. Stahl ISbus Fieldbus Wizard is a powerful, easy-to-handle engineering tool that checks the design of fieldbus segments. The latest version, 2.1, now also supports the recently introduced 8-spur Ex i Field Device Coupler. The new Zone 1 fieldbus barrier can connect up to eight intrinsically safe/FISCO field devices to a non intrinsically safe trunk with integrated spur protection, signal indication via LED, and power management that reduces trunk current for start-up or short circuits.

Also new is the Digital I/O Coupler for connecting eight intrinsically safe contacts or proximity switches plus four intrinsically safe solenoid valves. Integrated function blocks make it extremely flexible and powerful to use.

The updated Fieldbus Wizard can be used for all R. Stahl 4 and 8 Spur Ex i, Ex e, or Digital Couplers plus the fieldbus power supply. Cable, host, and field device parameters can be freely defined. The tool checks the segments under short circuit conditions and for termination errors. Projects can be stored on disk and printed for documentation.

Fieldbus Wizard may be downloaded free from the R. Stahl Website.



Turck vertical junction box has removable terminals

Turck's IP20 rated JRBS junction box with removable terminals frees up DIN-rail space and eases installation. Vertical-mount devices save cabinet space and their removable terminals avoid hard wiring in tight spaces. The easy-to-remove terminals may be wired away from the box, making installation and replacement simple. The terminals screw into place securely, eliminating the chance for disconnection in high-vibration applications.

JRBS junction boxes come with 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 ports and can be wired from either side of the box. They also include a pluggable terminating resistor and short-circuit protection with LED indication on each spur.

Learn more by visiting the Turck Website.



 

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