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Fieldbus Foundation Releases Updated DesignMATE Segment Design Tool

Free tool simplifies planning, validation and documentation of Foundation H1 segments

Austin, Texas, August 21, 2012 – The Fieldbus Foundation today announced updates to its DesignMATE software tool, a software download that allows plant automation professionals to audit segment layouts. The updates cover DesignMATE's library of registered devices, and revised terminology used within the software to align with current Foundation fieldbus installations.

The user-friendly DesignMATE automatically audits segment layouts for conformance with the Foundation physical layer specification, which is based on the international IEC 61158-2 (Type 1) standard. End-users can feel confident their fieldbus infrastructure will work with desired parameters such as cable length, number and type of installed devices, and selected power supplies.

 DesignMATE's graphical user interface.
 DesignMATE's intuitive graphical user interface.


The DesignMATE software provides an intuitive graphical user interface and mouse support, enabling fieldbus segment design "on the fly" with drag & drop capabilities. The tool displays fieldbus segments in the form of an exportable image of a stylized topology. A printable report in Rich Text Format (.rtf) is also available. Users can analyze and check key physical layer parameters, such as supply voltage, load conditions at all terminals of power supply, fieldbus couplers and field instruments. An error log indicates deviations from the Foundation specification in clear text visuals for immediate remedy by the user.

DesignMATE is equipped with libraries for all components in the typical Foundation fieldbus infrastructure, including power supplies, fieldbus couplers for both safe and hazardous plant areas, and field instruments. Fieldbus devices from a wide range of automation equipment manufacturers are available in the software, along with an easy-to-use device editor for creation of custom instrument libraries.

To download a free copy of DesignMate, please visit the Fieldbus Foundation website's Technical Reference page. Technical support for DesignMATE is available on Fieldbus Forums. For information about other Foundation fieldbus technology solutions, please visit the foundation's Technical Reference Page, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call 512-794-8890, Ext. 21. A short "How-To" video for the DesignMATE segment verification tool is available through the Fieldbus Foundation's YouTube channel.

About the Fieldbus Foundation

The Fieldbus Foundation is a global not-for-profit corporation consisting of leading process end users and automation companies. Within the Fieldbus Foundation, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations work together to develop an automation infrastructure that allows you to view your process in high definition; manage information effectively; and optimize people, processes and technology. For more information, visit their web site at


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