February 2008
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2008 General Assembly: Register today!

Donation earns Middle East end users scholarship “sponsor” status

German Marketing Committee to exhibit at Interkama 2008

2008 Fieldbus technology events span the globe

Developer training courses set for The Netherlands, USA

UK Marketing Committee hosts user seminar

Tech News

New device coupler test specification available

ABB leads automation effort for Italian gas network

E+H strengthens Fieldbus project capabilities

MooreHawke system guards against single-point failures

MTL report explains, compares FISCO, fieldbus barriers

Northwire fieldbus cable designed for industrial networks



2008 General Assembly: Register today!

Don’t miss the Fieldbus Foundation’s 2008 General Assembly! Whether you’re an end user implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus control architecture, an EPC looking for information about the technology, or a supplier seeking to expand your product market, this event is for you.

This year’s meeting will take place in Antwerp, Belgium, Feb. 27-29 at the Antwerp Hilton Hotel. Open to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members, it includes FOUNDATION technology suppliers, end users, and industry participants from around the world. Don’t delay, register today!

The 2008 General Assembly theme, "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, and many other process industries.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney commented, “Anyone with an interest in FOUNDATION fieldbus is encouraged to attend our General Assembly. This event brings together the leading experts in fieldbus control strategies, and offers a wealth of information for individuals who must understand the technology in their work environment.”

The meeting opens Wed., Feb. 27, with an overview of current Fieldbus Foundation developments across 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 allow attendees to share experiences and technology insights.

A keynote address by Dr. Norbert Kuschnerus, President of the NAMUR Board of Management and Senior Vice President, Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany, will highlight an evening reception. Dr. Kuschnerus will discuss how end users such as Bayer can use the enabling capabilities of fieldbus technology now and in the future.

The Fieldbus Foundation will conduct its annual business meeting for members only on Friday, Feb. 29. During this time, end-user workshops on topics such as fieldbus engineering, implementation, and maintenance will be available to attendees at ACTA (Antwerp Center for Applied Automation), a local academic institution. The sessions will include hands-on training on live fieldbus segments.

A technology showcase open throughout the General Assembly will feature major control system and instrumentation suppliers displaying the latest FOUNDATION fieldbus products, solutions, and services.

Register now!

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



Donation earns Middle East end users scholarship “sponsor” status

FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Council-Middle East (FFEUC-ME) donated $25,000 to the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund to earn “Founding Sponsor” designation. With this donation, the users group joins other leading automation industry participants in supporting the scholarship program.

The James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time Fieldbus Foundation supporter, and friend and colleague to many in the automation industry, who passed away in 2002. The scholarship fund establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment for educational scholarships and provides annual awards of up to $1,000 per student. Scholarships are awarded to students around the world preparing for a career in industrial automation.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney praised the scholarship involvement by the fieldbus end-user organization. He said, “On behalf of the Fieldbus Foundation, I’d like to thank the FOUNDATION fieldbus end-user community in the Middle East for its generous donation to the Jim Gray Scholarship fund. A host of leading end user companies provided support for this sponsorship. We appreciate their efforts to help keep the global automation industry strong.”

Timoney gave special recognition to FFEUC-ME organizing committee charter members, including Saudi Aramco employees David Buerkel, James Sprague, Luay Al-Awami, and Ralph Hartman. The donation was funded through sponsorships from Middle East marketing committee members over the last several Multaqa events, and by donations of employee time and resources by EUC members.

The Fieldbus Foundation’s regional end-user councils provide a forum for the exchange of information about the application and development of FOUNDATION fieldbus. EUC members share experiences from field trials and commercial fieldbus installations. The EUCs also ensure end-user influence on future enhancements of FOUNDATION fieldbus, and also that the technology meets marketplace needs.

Jim Gray was sales and marketing manager at Invensys/Foxboro for 25 years. Gray was active within the Fieldbus Foundation from its inception and held a variety of positions, including secretary of the Board of Directors, member of the Executive Committee, and member of the U.S. Marketing Committee.

Anyone interested in fostering the progress of the automation industry is encouraged to support the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund. For more details about the program, including information on the various levels of support, email Member Services at the Fieldbus Foundation or visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.




German Marketing Committee to exhibit at Interkama 2008

The Fieldbus Foundation’s German Marketing Committee plans to exhibit at Interkama 2008, the international process automation trade exhibition and conference that is part of Hannover Fair. The major annual event will take place in Germany April 15-21. As in previous years, the Fieldbus Foundation will occupy one of the largest show booths, a 300- sq-m location in Hall 7, the area dedicated to process automation technologies.

At least 20 leading automation equipment suppliers will participate in the exhibit, presenting the Fieldbus Foundation’s global strengths and capabilities in process and hybrid applications. FOUNDATION fieldbus solutions and applications will be demonstrated through static and operational displays of registered devices, host systems, tools, and services in purpose-built kiosks.

Highlights will include such key FOUNDATION development initiatives as High Speed Ethernet (HSE), FOUNDATION fieldbus safety instrumented function (FF-SIF), and electronic device description language (EDDL) integration. The booth will also host a daily “Happy Hour” at 5 pm, which will feature special Fieldbus Foundation cocktails and refreshments and promotional giveaways.

Fieldbus Foundation members still have time to participate in the Interkama booth! Get the details by emailing booth coordinator Thomas Kasten at germany_info@fieldbus.org.

For more information about activities in Germany, email: germany_info@fieldbus.org.

Learn more about Hannover Fair by visiting the event Website.



2008 Fieldbus technology events span the globe

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

Cardiff, Wales

Mar. 4, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Email UK_info@fieldbus.org
Wuhan, China Mar. 27, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come
Reading, England April 9, 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
Jurong, Singapore May 16, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come
Mexico City, Mexico June 10, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information
Qindao June 19, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come
Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam July 22, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come
Vong Tau, Vietnam July 24, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come
Taipai, Taiwan Aug. 19, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come
Kaoshun, Taiwan Aug. 21, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Sept. 11, 2008

FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information

Manila, Philippines Sept. 23, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come.
Pleasanton, California, USA Oct. 2, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
Click here for more information
Guanzhou, China Nov. 6, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come
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

Sunter, Singapore

Dec. 2-5, 2008 OSEA Exhibition
More information to come
FUTURE SEMINARS TO BE SCHEDULED IN SOUTH EAST ASIA

Thailand

To be determined FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come

Malaysia

To be determined FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come

Jakarta, Indonesia

To be determined FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come
FUTURE SEMINARS TO BE SCHEDULED IN INDIA

South India

To be determined To be determined

North India

To be determined To be determined
FUTURE SEMINARS TO BE SCHEDULED IN EAST ASIA

Osaka, Japan

To be determined FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come

Tokyo, Japan

To be determined FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
More information to come

Korea

To be determined To be determined

Click here for a complete list of events.


FOUNDATION developer training available in March

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

 

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


UK Marketing Committee hosts user seminar

The Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee (FF UKMC) will hold its next end-user seminar Wed., April 9, at the Madejski Football Stadium, Reading, UK, from 9:00 am to 12 noon.

The free event is targeted at current and prospective end users, contractors, specifiers, and implementers of FOUNDATION fieldbus. Following the theme “Changing the Playing Field,” the seminar will show how FOUNDATION technology unifies process integrity; business intelligence; and open, scalable integration as part of a single, plant-wide solution. Widely used in process industries, FOUNDATION technology provides an automation infrastructure for operational excellence.

Brief presentations will be followed by practical demonstrations on working fieldbus systems from a wide range of suppliers on the following topics:

Business intelligence: FOUNDATION fieldbus provides a high degree of business intelligence at the infrastructure level through client/server technology and supports business processes such as production management, asset management, and enterprise level applications. It also provides extensive diagnostics and enhanced capabilities for tracking, tracing, validation, and regulatory compliance.

Process integrity: FOUNDATION fieldbus ensures the network remains operational and control in the field is enabled through the use of its extensive function block structure. The new FOUNDATION safety instrumented functions (SIF) concept is designed to revolutionize safety and critical control systems.

Open, scalable integration: FOUNDATION fieldbus offers unlimited scalability and can be implemented on small and large process automation systems, alike. Its openness and non-reliance on a particular operating system or supplier platform makes it easy to adapt to new standards.

Practical implementation: This topic focuses on how to build, maintain, and modify a FOUNDATION fieldbus segment.

Refreshments will be available throughout the morning and all attendees are invited to stay for a complimentary lunch and a tour of the Madejski Football Stadium facilities following the presentations.

John S. Hartley, Chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation UK marketing committee, said he is delighted to be returning to the Madejski stadium for another Fieldbus Foundation end-user event after several years. “The UK marketing committee enjoys hosting its end-user events at some of the major sports venues across the UK,” said Hartley. “To return to the Madejski venue with such a focused message for today’s enterprise that is supported by a wealth of proven end-user implementation experience and the extensive technical advancements of FOUNDATION technology is very satisfying.”

To register for the Reading end-user seminar, email: uk_info@fieldbus.org.

For more information about activities in the UK region, email uk_info@fieldbus.org or visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.

For more information about the EMEA End User Council, email emea_euc@fieldbus.org

To register for the Reading end-user seminar, email: uk_info@fieldbus.org.

For more information about activities in the UK region, email uk_info@fieldbus.org or visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.

For more information about the EMEA End User Council, email emea_euc@fieldbus.org


Tech News

New device coupler test specification available

Fast Track

The Fieldbus Foundation’s newest FOUNDATION Device Coupler Test Specification (FF- 846 PS 1.0) is ready. The specification is designed for coupler manufacturers to perform a standard set of tests against their implementations. A team of volunteers developed the specification. It included current foundation members that manufacture coupler products and end users interested in the availability of registered couplers.

The FOUNDATION Device Coupler Test Specification includes criteria from IEC 61158-2:2003 and additional functional tests such as input impedance, signal distortion, short-circuit reaction time, and bus voltage consumption. A variety of product types can be tested with this phase of the new test specification, including wiring blocks and couplers with short circuit protection. An additional phase of the specification will be developed later this year to test isolated device couplers.

End users implementing compliant device couplers will benefit from increased robustness of their H1 installations. Registered products will be tested to perform optimally with registered power supplies and conditioners and with registered H1 cable.

Fieldbus Foundation members may comment on the preliminary device coupler test specification. Click here to download a copy from the Fieldbus Foundation Website at Fieldbus Forums under the Member Forums—Preliminary Specification Forum.

NOTE: An account with member access privileges is required to access the document. Sign up for an account by clicking "Register" at Fieldbus Forums. If you are unable to access the link, please contact Member Services to activate your member privileges.


ABB leads automation effort for Italian gas network

ABB is leading an effort to automate a major Italian gas pipeline.

The project is part of Snam Rete’s gas program to renew the automation of its gas network, which is key to the reliable and efficient supply of gas to its customers. Snam Rete Gas owns and operates the natural gas transportation service in Italy, which includes a nationwide gas pipeline network system that extends nearly 30,000 km (18,000 miles), or more than twice the earth’s diameter at the equator.

The turnkey contract was awarded to a consortium led by ABB in cooperation with Italian companies Sacaim and Berengo, which are responsible for civil works and electro-mechanical works, respectively. ABB successfully designed and is now building a new gas compressor station in Poggio Renatico in central Italy and has upgraded Snam Rete’s existing block valve and metering station to strengthen the natural gas transportation network in Italy.

The effort is expected to be completed by mid-year. Delivery includes FOUNDATION technology for communication between field devices and the automation system, training, engineering, project management services, procurement, system assembly, commissioning, startup, and three-year maintenance services. It is one of several key pipeline projects awarded to ABB Group in Eastern Europe and Africa and is said to underline ABB's continuing expertise in the oil and gas field.

For more information on ABB FOUNDATION solutions, visit the ABB Website.


E+H strengthens Fieldbus project capabilities

EH FacilityFOUNDATION technology is growing significantly in acceptance in such industries as oil and gas, chemical, and life science. In response, Endress+Hauser is increasing its capabilities in these areas, providing not only industry-tailored instrumentation packages, but also complementary services such as project management, fieldbus network design, integration into process control and asset management systems, third-party procurement and testing, and installation and commissioning supervision. Project services are managed from Centers of Competence (CoCs) established in Dubai, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States.

For more information, visit the Endress+Hauser Website, in particular the fieldbus and engineering sections.



MooreHawke system guards against single-point failures

Moore HawkeTrunkSafe fault-tolerant Fieldbus system from MooreHawke (a division of Moore Industries-International Inc.) provides a cost-effective, highly reliable strategy to maintain FOUNDATION fieldbus communications between the DCS and field devices without interruption should a single-point failure, such as an open-circuit or short-circuit, occur.

Delivering a complete fault-tolerant fieldbus physical layer, TrunkSafe consists of two redundant fieldbus dc power conditioners and a specially engineered device coupler that together provide a secure fieldbus physical layer.

TrunkSafe:

  • Maintains all process and diagnostic communications without interruption, even if the network cable is broken or shorted;
  • Is compatible with FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 networks and devices without hardware or software changes; and
  • Includes advanced physical layer diagnostics that monitor and report open- and short-circuits, dc power status, and segment noise.

The product is the latest addition to the MooreHawke line of fieldbus interface solutions, which include TrunkGuard Fieldbus device couplers and power supplies designed for general purpose, non-incendive (Class 1, Division 1), Zone 1 and Zone 2 areas; and RouteMaster Fieldbus system for intrinsically-safe (IS) applications. MooreHawke products are supported through the Moore Industries worldwide network of Interface Solution Centers.

For more information, visit the MooreHawke Website.



MTL report explains, compares FISCO, fieldbus barriers

MTL ProductsSelecting the best technique for supporting intrinsically safe FOUNDATION fieldbus instruments in hazardous areas often means engineering companies and end users must choose between FISCO and fieldbus barrier. A recent report from MTL Instruments offers what it calls an unbiased and candid comparison intended to help choose the best method for each fieldbus application.

MTL, a leading supplier of power supplies and wiring components for the world’s largest fieldbus installations, offers a range of FISCO and Fieldbarrier solutions for a broad range of applications where there is a risk of ignition in flammable atmospheres. These products draw on the company’s 30-year history in the design and manufacture of innovative products in the field of intrinsic safety.

The white paper compares the merits and drawbacks of each technique, drawing on MTL’s experience in designing, installing, and commissioning hazardous area fieldbus installations. It also addresses such aspects as reliability, simplicity, ease of maintenance, and overall lifecycle costs.

Download a free copy of the white paper, Topologies for Intrinsically Safe Applications, from the MTL Instruments Website.



Northwire fieldbus cable designed for industrial networks

DataCellDataCell FOUNDATION fieldbus cable from Northwire Inc., a leading manufacturer of cable for industrial networking, is designed 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. Metal-clad cable or conduit is no longer required, for significant savings in material and installation costs.

The DataCell Fieldline includes more than a dozen FOUNDATION fieldbus cable versions, such as arctic-rated H1 that is multi-rated for ITC/PLTC and marine shipboard. DataCell cable complies with 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 come 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. Complimentary samples are available.

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




 

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