March 2008
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2008 General Assembly reflects FOUNDATION Fieldbus as 'technology of choice'

2008 General Assembly spotlights EMEA marketing achievements

Foundation officials reiterate support for unified FDI solution

Swedish marketing activities off to a successful start

German Marketing Committee to exhibit at Interkama 2008

2008 FOUNDATION technology events available worldwide

Fieldbus Center offers training through the year

SAIT to offer Fieldbus-certified professional courses

Tech News

Final validation begins for diagnostic profiles specification

HSE remote I/O spec development continues; use case review completed

Industry organizations move forward with cooperative wireless initiative

Emerson automates Chinese copper smelter expansion

Endress+Hauser training emphasizes hands-on Fieldbus experience

Rockwell Automation wins Control Magazine Readers' Choice award



2008 General Assembly reflects FOUNDATION Fieldbus as 'technology of choice'

End users implementing FOUNDATION fieldbus control architecture, EPCs seeking information about the technology, and suppliers seeking to expand their product market were among the attendees at the Fieldbus Foundation's 2008 General Assembly, the "can't miss" event for the global automation industry.

This year's meeting, held in Antwerp, Belgium, Feb. 27-29, was open to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members and included FOUNDATION technology suppliers, end users, and industry participants from around the world. Its theme, "Why FOUNDATION Has Become The Standard," reflected the growth of FOUNDATION fieldbus as the global "technology-of-choice" for process automation. FOUNDATION technology now holds a major share of European chemical, pharmaceutical, and oil & gas markets, and many other process industries.

The Fieldbus Foundation's annual meeting included an overview of current Fieldbus Foundation developments across the globe. End-user presentations on process integrity, open scalable integration, and business intelligence were among program highlights. Supporting demonstrations and Q&A sessions allowed attendees to share experiences and technology insights.

General Assembly presentations included:

  • Ron Schoemaker, Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV, "Diagnostics for OpEx: Are We Ready?";
  • Paul Young, Ineos, "Life Cycle Benefits from Design to Operation";
  • Pico de Jager, Vopak, "High Availability for Terminal Logistics";
  • Alexandre Stephanovitch, Serbia Gas Engineering, "FOUNDATION: A Complete Automation Infrastructure";
  • Mike Downey, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., "Project Planning and Execution"; and
  • David S. Lancaster and Richard Mills, Bechtel, "Mega Projects: An Engineering Contractor's Experience."

General AssmbThe event's keynote address, delivered by Dr. Norbert Kuschnerus, president of the NAMUR Board of Management and senior vice president, Bayer Technology Services GmbH, Leverkusen, Germany, highlighted the opening day's welcome reception. Kuschnerus discussed how end users like Bayer are using enabling technology to improve plant operations continuously.

The Fieldbus Foundation's annual business meeting for members only occurred on Fri., Feb. 29. Concurrent end-user workshops on topics such as fieldbus engineering, implementation, and maintenance were available to attendees at ACTA (Antwerp Center for Applied Automation), a local academic institution.

A technology showcase, running throughout the General Assembly, gave major control system and instrumentation suppliers the opportunity to display their latest FOUNDATION fieldbus products, solutions, and services.

For more on the event, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


2008 General Assembly spotlights EMEA marketing achievements

EMEA

Marketing achievements in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region in 2007 were among those spotlighted at the Fieldbus Foundation's 2008 General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium last month, Key elements of the 2007 strategy included the continued establishment of regional marketing committees, an extensive program of end-user training seminars, and participation in international and regional trade exhibitions and conferences.

The development of four new marketing committees in 2007 represented a significant step forward for the Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA Steering Committee. New committees were established in the Commonwealth of Independent States & Baltic States (CIS&B), Norway, South Africa, and Sweden. The new groups join eight other marketing committees already active in Germany, France, UK, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands, Middle East, and Central & Eastern Europe (CEE).

Each group is committed to promoting FOUNDATION fieldbus technology in their region through local activities, including end-user seminars, supplier training, trade show participation, and technology demonstrations. Committee members are active suppliers of FOUNDATION devices, host systems, tools, and services, and represent many of the world's leading automation equipment suppliers. They work together, with the support of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee and Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council, to implement the Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA marketing strategy.

A cornerstone of the Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA marketing plan and of each regional marketing groups is an extensive program of training seminars/conferences held throughout the year. It includes events in Middlesbrough and Manchester, UK; Marl, Germany; Kiev, Ukraine; Stein, Assen, and Spijkenisse, The Netherlands; Lille, France; Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. Seminar delegates, typically engineering contractors and users of FOUNDATION technology, enjoy technical presentations on the technology and its implementation, practical demonstrations, and panel discussions in local languages.

EMEA marketing committee members also took the benefits of FOUNDATION technology to a broader audience in 2007 by participating in exhibitions and specialist conferences. These included the Process Management Academy, Dusseldorf, Germany; Interkama 07, Hannover, Germany; Multaqa 07, Bahrain; Fieldbus in Industry conference, Sandefjord, Norway; PA Messen, Oslo, Norway; and Danish Automation Society conference, Korsur, Denmark.

Marc Van Pelt, vice president, Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, praised the progress made by his colleagues during the year. "I am pleased that we have four new marketing groups on board. As process automation users throughout the EMEA region continue to embrace the technology, it is critical that we support them in their local language wherever possible. The ARC Advisory Group predictions that the Fieldbus Foundation's market leadership will increase at a double-digit rate means exciting times are ahead for us all and we are committed to supporting this growth in whatever way we can."

Emphasis on end-user marketing activities is expected to continue throughout 2008 with an increased focus on the benefits of FOUNDATION technology as an automation infrastructure for operational excellence. EMEA marketing committees plans for 2008 currently include seminars in Stockholm, Sweden; St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia; Reading, UK; Cork, Ireland; Qatar, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, Middle East; Hungary; and Martigues, France.

In addition to the regional seminars, the marketing committees will continue to support and participate in several EMEA trade shows in 2008, including Interkama 2008, Hannover, Germany; HET Instrument, Utrecht, The Netherlands; DCS 14, Miscolc-Lillafured, Hungary; and Process Teknik, Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Fieldbus Foundation's FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) demonstration project has been expanded to include multiple end-user locations around the world. As part of the project, the EMEA Steering Committee will host demonstrations at two European sites--Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam, The Netherlands and BP, Gelsenkirchen, Germany--to promote the adoption of FOUNDATION SIF technology in the process industries and the development of SIF best practices and guidelines, training, and interoperability test tools for control system manufacturers and end users.

For more information about EMEA activities, email emea_info@fieldbus.org.



Foundation officials reiterate support for unified FDI solution

Fieldbus Foundation

At a press briefing at its 2008 General Assembly, Fieldbus Foundation officials reiterated their support for the efforts of the EDDL Cooperation Team (ECT) and FDT Group to develop a single, unified Field Device Integration (FDI) solution compatible with both technologies.

The historic ECT/FDT agreement, announced by the two organizations at Interkama 2007, laid the groundwork for developing a common device integration technology to benefit instrumentation end users and manufacturers. The agreement provides a unified path forward for device integration that is based on use case requirements, incorporates the best aspects of each technology, and eliminates redundancies where they may exist. It also eliminates double efforts for customers and vendors, and preserves backward compatibility and operating system independence.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney praised the ECT and FDT for joining forces to achieve an open, unified FDI solution. "The FDI project is a key priority for the global automation community, which is implementing intelligent instrumentation technology at a growing pace at plants and factories around the world. Working together, major control equipment suppliers and user organizations are developing a device integration framework that will meet the requirements of diverse industry stakeholders," said Timoney.

The FDT Group joined the ECT as part of the 2007 agreement, and the two organizations are working to achieve a common framework meeting the requirements of all parties. Future technology developments will use a subset of the OPC Unified Architecture (UA) within a client-server architecture. The groups also have agreed to consolidate the advantages of EDDL and FDT technologies.

Ultimately, the FDI solution will ensure compatibility with existing EDDL- and DTM-based Device Descriptions (DDs). It will be applicable to any field device communication technology and all hierarchical and heterogeneous network topologies.

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.



Swedish marketing activities off to a successful start

SwedenThe Fieldbus Foundation Swedish marketing committee (FF SW MC) is off to a successful start with its 2008 training and marketing schedule. Established in October 2007, the group is committed to promoting the adoption of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology throughout the Swedish market through such activities as supplier training sessions, trade show participation, and end-user training seminars.

Some 22 delegates from the Stockholm region attended the committee's first FOUNDATION fieldbus training seminar on Feb. 5. The day featured an introduction to FOUNDATION fieldbus and terminology, followed by a series of training sessions on using FOUNDATION technology for the open scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants, the delivery of improved business intelligence, and increased process integrity. Speakers included Travis Hesketh and Roger Highton of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee.

Highton told the Swedish seminar delegates, "The demand for learning about FOUNDATION technology has exceeded our expectations and it is a privilege to be part of this growing Swedish organization. Following these training sessions today, attendees will be more able to conduct their own in-house company training and the training of their customer base."

Following the training day, FF SW MC members demonstrated several FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and hosts at the itf Automationsdager 2008 automation technology conference and exhibition, which took place in Stockholm Feb. 6-7. Travis Hesketh, vice-chairman, Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee, presented a paper at the conference titled, "Can Fieldbus Foundation control technology influence the life cycle costs for process plants?" in which he demonstrated CAPEX and OPEX savings achievable through the implementation of FOUNDATION technology.

Pleased with the launch of the group's promotional activities, FF SW MC Chairman Otto Erixon, said, "This has been a productive start to our plans to promote FOUNDATION technology in Sweden. Several end users, implementers, and suppliers have been able to take a clear message away with them over the last three days--that FOUNDATION technology provides an automation infrastructure for operational excellence."

The FF SW MC's seminar program will include a session at the Process Teknik exhibition in Gothenburg, Sweden, Oct. 7-9, 2008.

For more information, contact: sweden_info@fieldbus.org.


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. In addition, the Fieldbus Foundation once again will occupy one of the largest show booths, a 300-sq-m location in Hall 7, the area dedicated to process automation technologies.

InterkarmaAt 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. Purpose-built kiosks will feature demonstrations of FOUNDATION fieldbus solutions and applications through static and operational displays of registered devices, host systems, tools, and services.

Highlights will include key FOUNDATION development initiatives such 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 "Happy Hour" daily at 5 pm. The event will feature special Fieldbus Foundation cocktails, 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.


FF2008 FOUNDATION technology events available worldwide

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
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
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA May 8, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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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
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Qindao, China 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
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Vung Tau, Vietnam July 24, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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Taipei, Taiwan Aug. 19, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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Kaohshiung, Taiwan Aug. 21, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada Sept. 11, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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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
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Guangzhou, China Nov. 6, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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Savannah, Georgia, USA Nov. 6, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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Chicago, Illinois, USA Nov. 20, 2008 FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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Suntec, Singapore Dec. 2-5, 2008 OSEA Exhibition
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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
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Jakarta, Indonesia To be determined FOUNDATION Fieldbus End User Seminar
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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
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Korea To be determined To be determined

Click here for a complete list of events.


Fieldbus Center offers training through the year

Fieldbus CenterThe Fieldbus Center at Lee College, a licensed fieldbus training site in Baytown, Texas USA, offers a variety of Fieldbus Foundation-certified courses. All FOUNDATION fieldbus classes are taught by veteran instructors with years of field experience in instrumentation.

One-day courses require no previous experience with digital control systems. They include:

  • Fieldbus for Sales Professionals--a basic introduction presented from a sales person's point of view;
  • Fieldbus for Power and Wire Installers--includes wiring, isolation, shielding, and grounding of Fieldbus device segments from commissioning to startup;
  • Fieldbus Applications 201 and 401--provide in-depth information about FOUNDATION fieldbus; and
  • Fieldbus Applications 401--offers hands-on lab experience.

Fieldbus Center courses offer a vendor-neutral perspective on key aspects of FOUNDATION technology, but can be customized to highlight specific supplier solutions or product features. Classes can be taught at the Center's state-of-the-art classroom or at a company's facilities.

The Fieldbus Center's 2008 training schedule includes:

COURSE DATE LENGTH/FEE

Fieldbus Applications 101: Introduction to Fieldbus

November 17, 2008 One day/$575

Fieldbus Applications 102: Fieldbus for Sales Professionals

July 7, 2008 One day/$575
October 20, 2008

Fieldbus for Power and Wire Installers

 
June 19, 2008 One day/$575
July 21, 2008
October 21, 2008
November 18, 2008

Fieldbus Applications 201

 
July 28-29, 2008 Two days/$1,495
October 22-23, 2008
November 19-20, 2008

Fieldbus Applications 401

 
June 2-6, 2008 Four and a half days/$2,875
July 14-18, 2008
September 15-19, 2008
October 27-31, 2008
December 15-19, 2008

Contact the Fieldbus Center at 1-832-556-4446 with any questions, or click here to visit the Fieldbus Center Website.


SAIT to offer Fieldbus-certified professional courses

SAITThe Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) will offer three FOUNDATION fieldbus Certified Professional (FFCP) certificate courses in May and June 2008. They are:

  • Essentials for Instrumentation Professionals, INST-110, May 7 and June 11, 2008
  • Discovery for Instrumentation Professionals, INST-115, May 8-9 and June 12-13, 2008
  • Practices for Systems Integrators, INST-117, May 12-14 and June 16-18, 2008

SAIT professionals work with industrial companies to tailor Fieldbus training to specific needs, making the instruction cost effective and relevant to a company's business. Training may be conducted at the SAIT campus in Calgary, Alberta, Canada or the SAIT Syncrude FOUNDATION fieldbus Training and Demonstration Centre. A company also may use the SAIT portable Fieldbus unit for on-site training.

For more information, contact SAIT Corporate Training by phone at 1-403-210-4452; toll-free at 1-866-884-7117; by email at training@sait.ca; or click here to visit the SAIT Corporate Training Website.


Tech News

Final validation begins for diagnostic profiles specification

NAMURThe Fieldbus Foundation has begun final validation of a FOUNDATION fieldbus diagnostic profiles specification based on guidelines established by NAMUR Working Group 2.6. NAMUR is an international process industries end-user group headquartered in Germany.

Since May 2006, the Fieldbus Foundation and NAMUR have been collaborating on Fieldbus performance enhancements, such as extended device diagnostics, identified by the two groups as important to automation end users in the global markets. The goal of the work is to unify the integration of Fieldbus self-monitoring data and ensure the availability of diagnostic information to process plant operators, engineers, and technicians.

Using the power of FOUNDATION fieldbus, and considering NAMUR NE107 (Self Monitoring and Diagnosis of Field Devices) recommendations for diagnostic profiles support, the Fieldbus Foundation developed a profiles specification that enhances organization and integration of device diagnostics within FOUNDATION fieldbus systems. The specification also will help ensure future Fieldbus devices are consistent with NAMUR guidelines.

Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation manager, Fieldbus products, commented, "This profiles specification builds upon the robust diagnostic features already provided by FOUNDATION fieldbus devices. At the same time, it allows end users to harness enhanced Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology to achieve true, actionable diagnostics."

The new diagnostic profiles specification identifies "role-based diagnostics" for Fieldbus equipment and defines a consistent set of parameters for diagnostic alarming. This approach supports categorization of diagnostics according to NE107, ensuring the right diagnostic information is available to the right person at the right time. In addition, it allows diagnostics to be applied, as most appropriate, to a particular plant application (such as process control engineering or asset management maintenance).

"Cooperation between the Fieldbus Foundation and NAMUR enabled all parties to develop a greater understanding of end-user requirements during this period of rapid Fieldbus adoption," added Mitschke. "Ultimately, users will benefit from our collaboration thanks to easier diagnostic configuration, greater application flexibility, and fewer spurious alarms."

In September 2007, the Fieldbus Foundation began testing prototype devices and systems to validate the diagnostic profiles specification. It also developed test cases allowing the diagnostic profiles to be used with the current FOUNDATION fieldbus Interoperability Test Kit (ITK). Release of the final specification for implementation by instrumentation and control system suppliers is expected in the second quarter of 2008, with mandatory implementation for device registration and host registration planned for 2009.

Read future updates on the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


HSE remote I/O spec development continues; use case review completed

FF LogoDevelopment continues of a specification standardizing the interface of remote I/O into the open, integrated FOUNDATION automation infrastructure. The new High Speed Ethernet Remote I/O (HSE-RIO) specification will define the structure for interfacing remote I/O over the Fieldbus Foundation's tightly integrated HSE control backbone. The addition of remote I/O further tightens the integration of process instrumentation within the FOUNDATION fieldbus architecture.

The Fieldbus Foundation's End User Advisory Council (EUAC) recently completed its review of use cases for the HSE-RIO specification and submitted its comments to the foundation's Technical Steering Committee (TSC). EUAC review, which involves leading process automation end users from around the world, is a vital step in developing new areas of FOUNDATION technology. For example, end-user feedback led to the development of HSE using COTS (commercial off the shelf) equipment and the FOUNDATION safety instrumented functions (SIF) project.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney termed the HSE-RIO initiative "an important step forward" providing operational and business benefits for automation end users. "Device networks offer communication capabilities, but do not provide a complete automation infrastructure," said Timoney. " FOUNDATION fieldbus High Speed Ethernet is tightly integrated and delivers the same functionality of process integrity, business intelligence, and open scalable integration in a managed environment, making it a true system infrastructure. Users will realize CAPEX and OPEX benefits from incorporating remote I/O in this technology."

Remote I/O working group members include: ABB, APAT, Azonix Corp., Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser PCPS, Microcyber Inc., MooreHawke, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. Stahl, RuggedCom, Smar, Softing AG, Sterling Valley Associates, Turck, Yamatake, and Yokogawa.

For more on the initiative, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


Industry organizations move forward with cooperative wireless initiative

HartFFThe Fieldbus Foundation's cooperative initiative with the HART Communication Foundation and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO) to develop wireless technology used in the manufacturing and process industries continues to progress. The project is an extension of the organizations' successful collaboration on Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and another step to deliver consistent functionality to automation end users.

ProfibusAs part of the wireless initiative, the three industry organizations are developing a specification for a common interface to a wireless gateway. The work is based on the WirelessHART technology of the HART Communication Foundation and the emerging ISA SP100.11a standard. The project includes development of use cases, requirements, and specifications for wireless communication with intelligent field devices in process measurement and control applications in the automation industries.

As with the EDDL cooperative effort, the Fieldbus Foundation, HART, and PNO groups are developing a common set of compliance guidelines for incorporation into their respective product registration processes.

The introduction of wireless technology into manufacturing and process industries requires suppliers, end users, and international standards bodies to address technical issues related to wireless applications. The Fieldbus Foundation, HART, and PNO are working together to establish a common, open standard that also ensures complete compatibility with the existing wired versions of each participant's technology. The intent of the collaboration is to facilitate the acceptance of wireless technology in industrial automation. The Fieldbus Foundation will focus on developing a gateway at the High Speed Ethernet level to ensure an open and fully functional point of integration for all wireless devices built upon emerging standards.

Read future updates of this project on the Fieldbus Foundation Website.



Emerson automates Chinese copper smelter expansion

Emerson Process MgmtEmerson Process Management engineered, installed, and commissioned PlantWeb digital architecture to provide advanced automation at a Chinese copper smelter. The project took place at Jiangxi Copper Company's expansion of its Guixi Smelter in Jiangxi Province, China. As a result, the smelter's annual production capacity will increase by 300,000 tons of copper and 800,000 tons of sulfate, making Jiangxi the largest copper producer in China. The smelter started up on time in August 2007.

Emerson's PlantWeb architecture networks the Guixi Smelter using FOUNDATION fieldbus communications technology. The network of digital intelligence includes Emerson's DeltaV digital automation system, AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager. The AMS Device Manager monitors smart fieldbus instruments continuously, issues warnings of potential operating problems, and provides personnel with diagnostic information to implement a cost-saving predictive maintenance program.

"Emerson's leadership in FOUNDATION fieldbus and the AMS Device Manager predictive maintenance software were principal factors in their being selected as automation supplier for our Guixi Smelter expansion," said Youheng He, Director, Engineering & Construction Department, Jiangxi Copper. "Our successful project and startup has shown that we made an excellent choice, as Emerson has added to its excellent track record of bringing value to companies in the mining and metals industry."

For more information, visit Emerson Process Management's PlantWeb Website.


Endress+Hauser training emphasizes hands-on Fieldbus experience

EH TrainingFOUNDATION technology is booming in the oil & gas industry, and with it comes a growing need for customer training. Endress+Hauser learned about that need first hand recently when it delivered temperature and flow devices to a large oil refinery in India and also committed to training.

Endress+Hauser conducted two 3-day courses at different oil refinery sites, with the content ranging from implementing the right Device Description (DD) file through designing and commissioning control loops to physical layer diagnosis using oscilloscopes and a bus analyzer. In addition to FOUNDATION technology theory, the courses provided plenty of hands-on experience tailored to the customer's needs. The goal of the training was to bring the participants to a level where they can correctly diagnose problems and act to optimize plant performance.

Endress+Hauser conducts training regularly in FOUNDATION technology at its Reinach facility in Switzerland and at its sales centers worldwide. Customized courses can be arranged by local sales centers or by emailing inquiries to info@solutions.endress.com.

For more information, click here to visit the company Website.



Rockwell Automation wins Control Magazine Readers' Choice award

Readers ChoiceRockwell Automation is this year's best supplier of process control automation systems, according to Control Magazine's Readers' Choice Awards. The award affirms the company's commitment to availing a single, plant-wide control platform for process, discrete, batch, motion, safety, and information disciplines.

"Being voted as the best process control automation system supplier by users validates that our plant-wide strategy resonates with customers," said Kevin Zaba, business director of process automation, Rockwell Automation. "Expansion of our process capabilities, including the recent acquisition of Pavilion Technologies and ICS Triplex, indicates how serious we are about this market—and we're thrilled that customers are reaping the benefits."

The Control Magazine Readers' Choice Award is an unaided product poll, meaning that respondents select suppliers that are top-of-mind rather than choose from a predefined list. Rockwell Automation received 16 first-place finishes in the poll, including three awards for recently acquired Pavilion Technologies. Awards were presented to Rockwell Automation in the following categories: data acquisition system, input/output system, operator interface terminal, panel display, process control/automation system, programmable logic controller, remote terminal unit, safety/emergency shutdown system, alarm management software, human-machine interface software, loop tuning software, PLC programming software, and variable speed drive. In addition, Pavilion Technologies received first-place awards in the following categories: advanced process control software, neural network software, and simulation software.

To learn more, visit the Rockwell Automation Website.



 

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