With the focus on live demonstrations of Foundation technology, the Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) welcomed 18 delegates to an end user seminar on Wed 11 July, 2012, at Radisson Blu Hotel - Istanbul Asia, Istanbul, Turkey, from 10.00 - 18.00hrs.
With its theme ‘Foundation Fieldbus Live', the presentations in Turkish and English language included an introduction to Foundation Fieldbus - An Automation Infrastructure for Operational Excellence; an insight into the implementation of advanced diagnostics; and an evaluation of a successful Foundation fieldbus project with a live technology demonstration by the Turkish company iKontrol.
Of particular interest to the participants were the practical, live, hands-on demonstrations of the building, maintenance and modification of working Foundation segments using a host system from Emerson Process Management and field devices and components from several Fieldbus Foundation equipment suppliers. Additional demonstration units with host systems from Endress+Hauser and Honeywell were also used in the programme.
At the conclusion of the roadshow, the FFCEEMC was pleased to welcome members of the Turkish press for an informal evening programme of a press briefing, technology demonstration and dinner.
Foundation fieldbus is the technology of choice in process automation applications across the CEE region. End users are realising the benefits of Foundation fieldbus in terms of reduced commissioning times, reduced maintenance, wide availability of registered devices and host systems, and the CapEx and OpEx savings achievable. The Foundation solution delivers open, scalable integration; process integrity; and business intelligence across the plant enterprise.
The FFCEEMC is committed to promoting Foundation technology to end users and EPCs through end user focused training seminars and is actively supporting users and prospective users in the local languages of the region. A network of "partners" is being established to ensure that support is available to all users or potential users - whether it's a need for basic training, the sharing of installation experiences, project definition, commissioning or maintenance.
The FFCEEMC includes representatives from major suppliers of control systems and instrumentation including Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, MTL/Polyco, Pepperl+Fuchs, R.Stahl/ASE, Turck and Yokogawa.