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FFCEEMC Participates at IAC 2014 - Budapest, HU, Oct 2014

rt_keynoteThe Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) participated in the recent International Automation Congress 2014 held at Hotel Ramada Aquaworld, Budapest, Hungary, from 29th - 31st October, 2014.The IAC provided an international forum for 185 professionals in the fields of process control, factory automation and related computer science, to share their latest research, development and applications experiences with participating manufacturers, developers, industry experts and end users. IAC 2014 was the first congress to be organised as a joint event that brings together the annual Distributed Control Systems (DCS) symposium and the Factory Automation conference in Hungary, and will now take place every three years.

plenary_speakersThe extensive three-day conference programme included a plenary session for all, followed by a parallel agenda for process control, factory automation and computer science fields. Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO, Richard J Timoney, presented a plenary lecture on the usability of Foundation fieldbus - making the use of digital fieldbus ‘as easy as 4-20mA' - an overview and update of the progress of the Fieldbus Foundation's Usability Initiative which aims to further simplify Foundation fieldbus implementation, operation and maintenance and allow users to realise the full value of the technology. Representatives from Fieldbus Foundation members companies also participated in the process control conference programme with a wide range of presentation topics including:

  • Remote I/O - Fieldbus Foundation technology: an instrumentation overview (Jürgen George, Pepperl+Fuchs)
  • Hazardous area remote I/O with enhanced diagnostics features acc. to NAMUR 107 (André Fritsch, R.Stahl)
  • Successful implementation and maintenance of Foundation fieldbus projects (Bindert Douma, STC. B.V, NL)
  • Foundation fieldbus technology diagnostics (Marian Bartal, Pepperl+Fuchs)

exhibitionIn addition to the conference and social programmes, there was a table top exhibition adjacent to the lecture rooms. The FFCEEMC conducted live Foundation technology demonstrations throughout the congress using demonstration units that feature host systems and devices from several different suppliers.

A FFCEEMC press conference and lunch was held on Wednesday 29th October, immediately following the opening IAC 2014 press conference at 13.00. Richard J Timoney, Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO, and Jürgen George, FFCEEMC Chairman, gave an overview of the latest Fieldbus Foundation technology initiatives and also an update on the merger between the Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation to form a new single organisation, FieldComm Group.


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