May 2008

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Interkama 2008: Fieldbus Foundation theme spotlights ‘tea & technology’
ExxonMobil executive joins foundation board of directors
EMEA EAC elects officers
New Southern African marketing committee will promote FOUNDATION fieldbus

UK marketing committee end-user seminar well attended
Diverse fieldbus events scheduled for EMEA region
Fieldbus end-user seminars planned around the world
Fieldbus Center’s women’s instrumentation group schedules meeting
ARC Forum: Learn to optimize asset lifecycle performance

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ABB, FOUNDATION technology help SCA Tissue improve efficiencies
PlantWeb modernization boosts production, cuts costs for Argentine plant

Interkama 2008: Endress+Hauser shows DTMs for foundation devices
MooreHawke whitepaper: Installing fieldbus in real-life applications
MTL adds high power output fieldbus module to its F800 Series
NI PAC adds advanced functionalities to existing fieldbus systems
Pepperl+Fuchs integrates Yokogawa solution, FieldConnex ADM
Rockwell Automation wins ‘Readers’ Choice’ award


Interkama 2008: Fieldbus Foundation theme spotlights ‘tea & technology’

Interkama
The Fieldbus Foundation delivered “Tea & Technology” at Interkama 2008 in Hannover, Germany.
As in previous years, the Fieldbus Foundation occupied one of the largest stand areas at Interkama, with a prime 300 sq m island in Hall 7.
Marc Van Pelt, vice-president, Fieldbus Foundation-EMEA Operations, talks to the press about recent FOUNDATION fieldbus activities.
 

The interest level was high at the Fieldbus Foundation stand at this year’s Interkama+ international process automation trade exhibition and conference, held in Hannover, Germany in April. Following the theme of “Tea & Technology,” the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee invited visitors to sample from a choice of 30 specialty teas while discussing displays demonstrating FOUNDATION technology from 24 leading automation equipment suppliers.

As in previous years, the Fieldbus Foundation occupied one of the largest stands at the show: a 300 sq m island location in Hall 7, the hall dedicated to process automation technologies. Participating foundation members used purpose-built kiosks for static or operational displays of registered devices, host systems, and tools and services available to current and prospective users of FOUNDATION fieldbus.

Marc Van Pelt, vice president, Fieldbus Foundation-EMEA Operations, expressed delight at another successful Interkama show. “FOUNDATION technology has enjoyed another year of unparalleled industry growth and now accounts for over two-thirds of process fieldbus revenues,” he said. “As the global technology-of-choice for process automation in both brownfield and greenfield projects across the world, we believe that FOUNDATION has become THE standard—providing a total control system infrastructure that enables significant plant performance and economic improvements.”

The Fieldbus Foundation also conducted a trade press briefing at its stand on Tuesday, April 22, with a reception following. Van Pelt updated attendees on several aspects of FOUNDATION fieldbus. He included a summary of the market; illustrations of the deliverable benefits of the technology; an update of the Fieldbus Foundation Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) development project and upcoming demonstration at Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and progress made by the Field Device Integration (FDI) project team and the newly established wireless cooperation team. He also highlighted some of the Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA marketing activities and end-user initiatives scheduled for 2008.

The success of Interkama 2008 has prompted the Fieldbus Foundation’s German Marketing Committee to participate in Interkama 2009 and in Achema 2009 in Frankfurt, Germany. Members participating in Interkama 2008 included: ABB, Azbil Yamatake, BIS Prozesstechnik, Bürkert, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus International, Hach Lange, Hans Turck, Honeywell, Invensys, Krohne, Leoni Kerpen, Masoneilan Dresser, MTL Instruments, Northwire, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. Stahl, Rockwell Automation, Samson, Siemens, Softing, and Yokogawa.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee and its activities, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website or email germany_info@fieldbus.org.


ExxonMobil executive joins foundation board of directors

Timothy (Timm) H. Madden

The Fieldbus Foundation has named Timothy (Timm) H. Madden, senior instrumentation and controls consultant for ExxonMobil Development Co., to its board of directors. Madden will complete the term of Ron Szanyi, also of ExxonMobil, who has retired, in the key automation industry post.

Madden joins a board that also includes Chairman John Berra of Emerson Process Management; Kenneth Deken, Rockwell Automation; David Eisner, Honeywell; Motofumi Matsumura, Fuji; Satoru Kurosu, Yokogawa; Jim Porter, DuPont; Dr. Gunther Kegel, Pepperl+Fuchs; Mark Taft, ABB; Hirozume Sone, Yamatake Corp.; John Eva, Invensys; Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller, Siemens AG; and Fred Cohn, Schneider Electric.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney congratulated Madden on his selection to the foundation board of directors. “As a senior instrumentation and controls executive for ExxonMobil, a key end user of FOUNDATION fieldbus, Timm will play a vital role in helping to guide our organization’s growth,” said Timoney. “He has extensive experience in the implementation of process automation technology throughout the energy sector.”

Madden has more than 27 years of instrumentation and control (I&C) project execution and operations support experience with ExxonMobil. He has completed assignments at the company’s Baton Rouge, LA, refinery and Exxon Research & Engineering Co., and is currently working for ExxonMobil Development Co., which is responsible for all large upstream projects. He also served for several years on the ISA SP50 committee.

Madden holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University.

For more information, visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


EMEA EAC elects officers

David Dunbar

Fieldbus Foundation’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) elected officers at its council meeting, held during the Fieldbus Foundation's 2008 General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium. Dr. Graeme Philp, chief executive of the MTL Instruments Group plc, was elected chairman and Dr. Raimund Sommer, managing director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, vice chairman.

The council also welcomed David Dunbar to the EMEA EAC. Dunbar, who will take over for Jim Nyquist, is European president of Emerson Process Management. Nyquist has been promoted to president of global sales for Emerson Process Management. The council thanks Nyquist for his valuable contribution to the EMEA EAC since its inauguration in February 2005.

EMEA EAC members include: Dr. Graeme Philp, MTL Instruments; Dr. Raimund Sommer, Endress+Hauser; Dr. Gunther Kegel, Pepperl+Fuchs; Jürgen Fuchs, ABB; David Dunbar, Emerson Process Management; Dr. Georg Schneider, Hirschmann; Christopher Dartnell, Honeywell; Alain Ginguene, Invensys; Mike O'Neill, Moore Industries; Mick Grange, Rockwell Automation; Dr. Peter Völker, R. Stahl; Dr. Wolfgang Trier, Softing; and Harry Hauptmeijer, Yokogawa.

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Dr. Graeme Philp

Welcoming Philp and Sommer to their new roles, Marc Van Pelt, vice president, Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, said, "I'm looking forward to working closely with them over the forthcoming year as we progress with several FOUNDATION technology initiatives throughout the EMEA region. Both gentlemen have been directly involved with FOUNDATION technology for several years and offer valuable expertise across a broad spectrum of application considerations within today's marketplace."

Philp has more than 30 years of process control experience, beginning as a student apprentice in 1976 with Kent Instruments Ltd., a UK process control company. He graduated from the University of Wales with an honors degree in electronics in 1980 and earned a Ph. D. for research into optical sensors for process control at UMIST, Manchester, UK, in 1984. He served the design and development department of Kent's Industrial Instruments Div., first as technical director, then as business unit director following the formation of ABB Kent-Taylor. In July, 1991, he joined Measurement Technology Ltd. (MTL) as group technical and marketing director. There, he was responsible for the development and implementation of strategies for new products, marketing, and manufacturing across the group. He was appointed managing director the following year, and chief executive in 1995.

Dr. Raimund Sommer

Sommer began his career studying electrical engineering, earning a Ph. D. at the Institute for Control Systems, University of Karlsruhe. He spent 17 years at Siemens in various positions, working primarily with automation and industrial communication systems, and then served as vice president for marketing and technology at Bürkert International for two years. For the last six years, he has been managing director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, Reinach, Switzerland, the division responsible for products, systems, and solutions for process and logistics automation and for device integration based on industrial communications systems.

The Fieldbus Foundation EMEA EAC, a committee of senior executives from EMEA's leading control and instrumentation companies, was established in February 2005 to meet the growing demand for FOUNDATION fieldbus in the EMEA industrial market. The council is dedicated to promoting the adoption of FOUNDATION technology by automation equipment suppliers and end users, and ensures funding and availability of human resources to support local fieldbus marketing activities across the EMEA region. Implementation of EAC's directives and development of regional marketing initiatives are undertaken by the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee together with local marketing groups.

Click here to monitor future updates on EMEA activities on the Fieldbus Foundation Website.

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New Southern African marketing committee will promote FOUNDATION fieldbus

South African Marketing Committee

The newly formed Fieldbus Foundation Southern African marketing committee (FFSAMC) will promote increased awareness and adoption of FOUNDATION technology throughout the Southern African region through promotional activities and end-user focused activities, including training, technical support, trade show participation, and seminars.

FFSAMC was launched at an inaugural meeting Oct. 25, 2007, in Johannesburg, South Africa, and includes representatives from ABB, Emerson Process Management/Alpret Control Specialists, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Metso Automation, MTL/Extech, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Hans Turck/RET Automation Controls, Weidmuller, and Yokogawa. Officers elected include Paulo De Sousa Gomes, Yokogawa, chairman; Paulo Da Silva, Honeywell, vice chairman; Brandon Topham, Hans Turck/RET Automation Controls, treasurer; Hennie Blignaut, Endress+Hauser, secretary; Gary Friend, MTL/Extech, training officer; and Vinesh Nundkishore, Emerson Process Management/Alpret Control Specialists, communications officer.

FFSAMC is supported by the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC) and the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee. The committee will play an important role in promoting the primary value propositions of FOUNDATION technology, which include process integrity, business intelligence, and open, scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants.

Welcoming the FFSAMC, Marc Van Pelt, vice president, Fieldbus Foundation-EMEA Operations, said, "I am delighted that such an enthusiastic committee has been established in the Southern African region. The automation market here is in need of a broad range of local support—from basic introductory training in the benefits of a fieldbus system through to advanced implementation support. Training and technical support will be the committee's primary focus and the committee is in the process of establishing a registered training institution to support the region's technical training needs."

For more information, email southernafrica_info@fieldbus.org. [This e-mail address is spam protected and requires JavaScript be enabled.] Or visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.

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UK marketing committee end-user seminar well attended

UK end-user seminar

More than twice the anticipated number of attendees showed up to attend the latest end-user seminar conducted by the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee! The committee expected approximately 35 attendees, but welcomed nearly 70 to the most recent in the series of road shows held April 9 at the Madejski Stadium in Reading, UK.

The seminar included presentations about the value of FOUNDATION fieldbus in terms of process integrity, business intelligence, and open, scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants and live system demonstrations by ABB, Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, and Yokogawa. Field measurement devices from ABB, Beka Associates, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys, Krohne, Moore Hawke, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Smar, Topworx, Turck Banner, Vega, and Yokogawa were connected and run. The practical demonstrations showed the addition and removal of devices, fault tolerance, and alarm handling.

As a bonus to the day's program, attendees were also given a tour of the football stadium facilities. Feedback to the event was positive, with most attendees citing the live content of the event as most beneficial.

Click here for more on future UK marketing committee activities.


Diverse fieldbus events scheduled for EMEA region

Diverse FOUNDATION fieldbus-related events are planned for the EMEA region in the upcoming months, the Fieldbus Foundation has announced. These include:

For more information about upcoming EMEA events, click here to visit the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


FFFieldbus end user seminars planned across 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
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
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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
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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’s women’s instrumentation group schedules meeting

The Nexus of Instrumentation Women will hold its next meeting on June 21, 2008, at South Shore Harbor, League City, TX, in conjunction with the ISA District 7 Leadership Conference.

The Nexus of Instrumentation Women is a network of professional instrumentation women helping one another through career mentoring, discussing workplace issues, establishing career goals and direction, and learning about career opportunities. The organization was established in June 2006 at a meeting of past and present female instrumentation students hosted by the Fieldbus Center at Lee College.

For more information, contact Jessica Schrock, Fieldbus Center at Lee College, by email at jschrock@lee.edu or by telephone at 1-832-556-4446.


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ARC Forum: Learn to optimize asset lifecycle performance

Asset-intensive organizations suffer staggering losses each year as a result of poor asset information management. Fast access to complete, accurate information is the foundation for operational excellence in asset lifecycle management.

Learn how your peers have implemented best-in-class programs at ARC Advisory Group’s Asset Lifecycle Management Forum: Optimize Asset Lifecycle Performance through Better Asset Information Management, October 13-15, in Houston, Texas.

Click here to visit the ARC Website and to register for the event. When registering, indicate that you are with an industry association to obtain a 10% discount.


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Register today for Fieldbus Forums at the Fieldbus Foundation Website.


ABB, FOUNDATION technology help SCA Tissue improve efficiencies

PaperSCA Tissue’s papermaking, converting, and distribution complex in Barton, Alabama, USA, is using FOUNDATION fieldbus and ABB technology to improve efficiencies.

The solution includes FOUNDATION technology field device integration and drives systems within a single control system environment. This greenfield facility was designed with ABB’s help to make the most of technological innovations to improve efficiencies. The operation is one of the paper industry’s largest FOUNDATION fieldbus installations.

SCA chose ABB to supply an integrated automation system based on FOUNDATION technology. It includes field device integration, on-machine quality control (QCS), drives systems, machine health/web monitoring, and a distributed control system (DCS).

To learn more, visit the ABB Website.


PlantWeb modernization boosts production, cuts costs for Argentine plant

Petrobras Control Room

A multi-year digital automation project implemented by Emerson Process Management at Petrobras Zarate, a polystyrene manufacturing facility north of Buenos Aires, Argentina, is helping increase production and reduce plant downtime. Production at the plant rose 3 to 5% to 66,000 tons per year; the plant's availability is now 99%, and product reliability is up 2 to 3%.

The project modernized the plant's high impact and crystal polystyrene facilities, including the water, steam, and air utilities, and the reactor operations. As Petrobras Zarate's process automation supplier, Emerson provided consulting and staff training; and installed the PlantWeb digital architecture, AMS Suite asset management software, and DeltaV automation system. The plant uses FOUNDATION fieldbus communications to network DeltaV; Rosemount flow, level, and temperature instruments; Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters, and Fisher valves with Fisher Fieldvue digital valve controllers.

The digital transformation was completed in stages between 2002 and 2005. Petrobras Zarate saved $1.13 million in 2005 when, assisted by Emerson and aided by its digital valve and instrument technology, plant personnel finished the final hot cutover of operations control to the DeltaV system without stopping production. Annual plant stoppages have been cut in half, to once every two years, because plant staff can now make decisions based on more reliable operations data.

Advanced control tools increase production quality and capacity. For example, application of neural network software in the DeltaV system made quality prediction in the reactors more effective, and Petrobras Zarate was able to up rates for certain products in the plant. Predictive diagnostics from AMS Suite: Intelligent Device Manager deliver information to operations and maintenance personnel for fast decisions on field devices.

For more information, visit the Emerson PlantWeb Website.


Interkama 2008: Endress+Hauser shows DTMs for foundation devices

Despite increasing use of FOUNDATION technology in new projects, many legacy devices remain in many plants. When devices are commissioned, operated, and diagnosed, therefore, it is important to achieve a common look and feel across all communication protocols. The FDT standard provides one means of attaining this goal.

At Interkama 2008 in Hanover, Germany, recently, Endress+Hauser showed FDT in action with FOUNDATION devices. Using a communication DTM for the SFC162 Field Controller and FieldCare Plant Asset Management software, customers were able set parameters for and diagnose field devices in a protocol-independent environment. With the CommDTM, FieldCare can manage all FOUNDATION assets, from the Field Controllers (linking devices) via High Speed Ethernet to the connected H1 field instrumentation.

Learn more by visiting the Endress+Hauser Website.

 

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Francois Ichtertz at the Endress+Hauser booth on the FOUNDATION fieldbus Interkama stand

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MooreHawke whitepaper: Installing fieldbus in real-life applications

MooreHawke

Installing Fieldbus in Real-Life Applications, a new whitepaper that describes how to install fieldbus in real-life applications, is now available from MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries-International, Inc.

For the first time, automation engineers are coming face-to-face with real fieldbus applications. Although Fieldbus is a wonderful technology with many benefits, its installation requires considerations over and above typical 4-20 mA projects. The MooreHawke paper addresses these concerns, discussing how to:

  • Specify fieldbus power supplies;
  • Make segment calculations;
  • Implement fieldbus segment termination;
  • Select fieldbus cable and wiring;
  • Incorporate short circuit protection;
  • Implement fieldbus network redundancy;
  • Work with hazardous area installations; and
  • Install and remove instruments in intrinsically-safe systems.

Download the whitepaper, Installing Fieldbus in Real-Life Applications, and dozens of other informative articles, from the MooreHawke Website.

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MTL adds high power output fieldbus module to its F800 Series

F802MTL is introducing a new high power output module, adding to the capability of its redundant F800 Series of Fieldbus Power Supplies.

The 8-segment F802 module delivers 500 mA at 28 V per segment, making it suitable for heavily loaded segments with long cable runs. For typical applications with 12 fieldbus devices connected to 0.8 sq mm Type A fieldbus cable, trunk lengths well over 1,000 m can be supported. The higher output current of the F802 is also beneficial in Fieldbus Barrier applications, especially where up to 16 spurs are required.

The new module complements the existing F801, which has a lower output voltage compatible with certified fieldbus instruments in “non-incendive” spur installations for Zone 2 and Division 2 hazardous areas. The addition gives users the opportunity to select the module type that is appropriate for each application.

Both modules are supported on MTL’s range of F800 power supply carriers, which are available as integrated versions for all major fieldbus control system vendors. Full redundancy is provided by installing dual power supply modules. The F800 Series is an established, key solution for large fieldbus projects, providing high cabinet density, low per-segment cost, and high system availability.

For further information, visit the MTL Website.

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NI PAC adds advanced functionalities to existing fieldbus systems

National Instruments’ (NI) CompactRIO, called one of the most important members of the NI PAC (programmable automation controller) family, is a small and rugged reconfigurable control and data acquisition system designed for applications that require high performance and reliability.

CompactRIO is powered by reconfigurable I/O FPGA technology. It consists of an embedded real-time processor, a high-performance FPGA, and hot-swappable I/O modules. With CompactRIO, LabView, and LabView FPGA, a user can easily build a multithreaded embedded system for deterministic control, analysis, data logging, and communication. CompactRIO’s Ethernet capability allows access to I/O points nearby or miles away on the network.

For a large-scale FOUNDATION fieldbus network with various devices, fast and accurate data analysis and logging is a challenge because a mass of data must be handled simultaneously. CompactRIO, with its real-time capabilities, is an ideal choice with which to build a high-speed and reliable system, acting as a powerful data processing center for a large FOUNDATION fieldbus network.

NI-FBUS hardware and software products may be used to configure and communicate with a FOUNDATION fieldbus network; CompactRIO and LabView FPGA may be used to build a high-performance real-time system. Then, NI LabView can be used to help the two systems easily interact with each other.

Visit the NI Website for more information about NI CompactRIO.

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Pepperl+Fuchs integrates Yokogawa solution, FieldConnex ADM

P&FA new way to manage the physical layer of FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 has been announced by Yokogawa and Pepperl+Fuchs. The method is being released as one of the diagnostic solutions of Plant Resource Manager (PRM) R3.02.

PRM is a key component of Yokogawa's VigilantPlant asset excellence initiative. It integrates and manages maintenance information, monitors online conditions, and records historical data of assets from field devices to plant equipment. The seamless integration of the Pepperl+Fuchs Advanced Diagnostics Module (ADM) and Diagnostics Manager software into PRM R3.02 lets users access a consolidated supervisory window within the PRM R3.02 environment. Now they can view summary information on individual segments that provides details on each connected field device, enabling efficient root-cause analysis in real-time, and helps keep plants operating smoothly.

In addition to supporting such powerful tools such as oscilloscopes and data historians, ADM includes a unique commissioning wizard that can cut the amount of time required for the critical plant start-up phase up to 80%. ADM’s online monitoring capabilities provide actionable information through PRM’s user interface, revealing changes in the fieldbus physical layer before they become critical. Via PRM R3.02, all information can be displayed on the operator stations of Yokogawa's Centum VP production control system. The integration of the FieldConnex ADM interface widens the scope of PRM's asset management capabilities, facilitating operator decision-making by providing easy access to information on the health of their FOUNDATION fieldbus segments and ensuring maximum availability of the physical layer.

More details are available on the Pepperl+Fuchs Website.

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Rockwell Automation wins ‘Readers’ Choice’ award

PAS AwardRockwell Automation has been selected as this year’s “best supplier of process control automation systems” by Control magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards. The award recognizes the company’s commitment to 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.”

Rockwell Automation received 16 first-place finishes—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. Pavilion Technologies was recognized in the categories of advanced process control software, neural network software, and simulation software.

Control magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards is an unaided product poll, meaning that respondents select suppliers that are top-of-mind rather than choose from a predefined list. Control magazine is directed to the global process automation market and has a readership of more than 65,000 engineering, operations, and management professionals.

Learn more by visiting the Rockwell Automation Website.




 

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