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Marketplace

 

Automation equipment suppliers can capitalize on the growing demand for Foundation fieldbus control solutions worldwide. Sound economics support adding this technology to your product line. See the latest market data for yourself.

Current rate of adoption
By empowering both automation equipment suppliers and end users, Foundation fieldbus has achieved a growing adoption rate throughout the global control system market. The technology is now regarded as a standard in all major process industries.

Factors driving growth

The results from major fieldbus projects in many different industrial sectors—oil & gas, petrochemicals, pulp & paper and power, just to name a few—show that Foundation technology enables significantly improved plant performance and economic results.

End user demand rising
Foundation technology attracted early adopters in the U.S. refining industry during the 1990s, and has since gained a strong acceptance in European pharmaceutical plants, South American oil & gas operations, Asian chemical complexes, and developing areas worldwide.

Sales opportunities increasing
Foundation fieldbus promises expanded markets—and increased sales—for automation equipment suppliers. Many opportunities exist to profit from Foundation devices designed to meet today's changing plant automation requirements.

Promising future for HSE
High Speed Ethernet (HSE) is gaining momentum throughout the process control industry, with major end users around the world adopting the technology and a growing list of controls suppliers offering registered HSE products.

New horizons with SIF
The Fieldbus Foundation's plant automation solutions continue to progress based on changing market requirements. At the forefront of current developments is Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF).

Wireless moving forward
Leading control industry organizations are collaborating on a common interface solution that will make it easier for instrumentation end users to take advantage of evolving wireless technologies.

Getting started is easy
Instrumentation manufacturers entering the digital fieldbus marketplace can use professional consulting services to decrease their time-to-market for new Foundation fieldbus products.

 

The adoption of FOUNDATION technology has reached record levels

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Current rate of adoption

 

By empowering both suppliers and end users, Foundation fieldbus has achieved a growing adoption rate throughout the global automation market. Our technology is now regarded as a standard in all major process industries, and has a strong foothold in developing regions such as China and India. Foundation-sponsored marketing societies and end-user councils have been established in many of the world’s major industrial centers.

The installed base of Foundation technology has reached record levels with hundreds of thousands of systems, and millions of devices, currently in service around the globe. Successful installations can be found in industries such as petrochemical, refining, chemical, oil & gas, metals & mining, water & waste, pulp & paper, utilities, food & beverage, and others.

According to a survey by the ARC Advisory Group, a respected control industry research organization, Foundation fieldbus is now “mainstream,” holding a 68 percent market share in the process industries. ARC has predicted a continued double-digit growth rate for the technology. As an example, the largest gas field project in Europe is based on Foundation fieldbus. The world’s largest refinery, under construction in India, also employs our control system solution.

Foundation technology is being utilized on automation projects of all sizes, including both new and retrofit installations. ARC found that end users are installing small, medium and even very large fieldbus systems consisting of over 2,000 I/O points.

 

Factors driving growth

 

Today's diversification of Foundation fieldbus installations is impressive: current adopters include 9 of the top 10 oil & gas companies, 24 of the top 25 pharmaceutical manufacturers, 23 of the top 25 chemical producers, 15 of the top 20 pulp & paper companies, and 10 of the top 20 food & beverage companies.

The results from major fieldbus projects in many different industrial sectors—oil & gas, petrochemicals, pulp & paper and power, just to name a few—show that Foundation technology enables significantly improved plant performance and economic results. End users are realizing higher returns for shareholders, improved environmental safety for local communities, and increased efficiency for customers served.

 

 

FOUNDATION Device Installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a performance standpoint, industrial plants indicate that Foundation fieldbus enables 10 percent higher throughput, 30 percent greater capacity (without adding personnel), and 20 percent better efficiency. Plant automation projects also benefit from significant reductions in selection, engineering, construction, startup and overhead costs.

According to Frost & Sullivan, a key market consulting firm, automation end users are only beginning to realize the true potential of the diagnostic capabilities of intelligent Foundation fieldbus devices.

The ability of Foundation technology to reduce maintenance costs, specifically operator performance of routine repairs and predictive maintenance of control valves, can have a direct bearing on meeting corporate objectives for uptime, quality and profitability. In addition, predictive and preventative maintenancestrategies add value by tracking and optimizing the useful life of the unit. These concrete savings often times go unmeasured when planning for upgrades involving fieldbus-based control systems.

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End user demand rising

 

Foundation technology attracted early adopters in the U.S. refining industry during the 1990s, and has since gained a strong acceptance in European pharmaceutical plants, South American oil & gas operations, Asian chemical complexes, and developing areas worldwide.

Today, fieldbus projects in Europe, Middle East, Asia and South America have grown to be the majority of the technology's total installed base, while the Foundation solution continues to dominate in North America. There has also been a lot of recent expansion into the Australian market as the technology continues to grow in demand.

According to Frost & Sullivan, sales of fieldbus systems in Europe rose from their 2001 level of US $170.2 million to over US $400.0 million in 2008.

 

Secco is one of the largest integrated petrochemical complexes in China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Asia/Pacific region, Foundation technology is recognized as the de-facto industry standard among major oil & gas and petrochemical producers. China and the Middle East are two of the fastest growing fieldbus markets. China has several of the largest Foundation installations to date, including multiple sites with over 15,000 registered devices in service.

The ARC Advisory Group reports an increasing number of end users planning new fieldbus projects—even in the most demanding plant automation applications. Approximately 27% of users responding to ARC survey reported investment returns within the first six months of a fieldbus project, and an additional 18% saw a return on investment within the next six months.


Sales opportunities increasing

 

Foundation fieldbus promises expanded markets—and increased sales—for automation equipment suppliers. Many opportunities exist to profit from Foundation devices designed to meet today's changing plant automation requirements.

For example, end users are seeking new, low-power devices that store their own documentation, making commissioning easier. Devices with more sophisticated algorithms and improved safety protocols are also on the horizon.

In addition, the process control market requires devices that are more intelligent in the way they communicate maintenance messages, resulting in better use of process information when reporting errors.

Field diagnostics are starting to become widely used across all industries in order to better predict maintenance requirements and device wear so that emergency shutdowns can be avoided. With this technology, end users can implement role-based diagnostics, meaning the right information is sent to the appropriate person—when they need it.

 

FOUNDATION devices designed to meet today's end user requirements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field diagnostics enhances user control and distribution of messages between field devices and host/asset management systems. This allows for faster response times as each message is presorted according to criticality, whether it is a process alarm or a maintenance alarm.

The expanding capabilities of Foundation technology will also see more and more devices employing High Speed Ethernet (HSE). HSE was specifically developed to ensure high performance control for direct communications with sophisticated field devices such as automated chromatographs and spectrum analyzers. The technology allows devices providing large amounts of process data to transfer this data at up to 100 Mbit/s.

HSE also enables plantwide control in the continuous process industries by providing the same function blocks and Device Description (DD) technology, at the HSE level, as the Fieldbus Foundation’s widely applied H1 technology. Using registered Foundation fieldbus linking devices, HSE can provide control and/or monitoring functions for multiple H1 segments.

Finally, the Fieldbus Foundation has established a comprehensive program for fieldbus host registration. Under the registration process, fieldbus hosts successfully completing the foundation’s test requirements are authorized to bear the official Foundation product registration symbol. Hosts may include configuration tools, recording devices, alarm display panels, Human-Machines Interfaces (HMIs), or systems with a combination of functionality.

With these and other major technology developments, it is no wonder 61% of end users surveyed by ARC are planning additional fieldbus systems—exciting news for providers of Foundation products and services.

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Promising future for HSE

 

High Speed Ethernet (HSE) is gaining momentum throughout the process control industry, with major end users around the world adopting the technology and a growing list of controls suppliers offering registered HSE products.

An ARC survey found that 53% of respondents planned to install Foundation HSE over the next three years. HSE is at the forefront of an industry migration away from proprietary networks to industry-standard networks such as Ethernet providing increased speed-of-response and the reliability of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) networking components.

Petrobras, Brazil's national petroleum company, has been a strong proponent of HSE from the beginning. Petrobras adopted new fieldbus-based controls as part of a modernization project on its Merluza offshore platform.


A growing number of companies offer development solutions for FOUNDATION devices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Carlos Henrique W. Moura, technical consultant, Foundation technology proved to be the best solution for reducing production downtime, enabling interoperability of field instruments, and integrating control and supervisory systems across the enterprise. He said, "The use of Foundation devices for primary measurements such as pressure and temperature provided greater accuracy and functionality than conventional instrumentation. Additionally, implementation of Foundation HSE ensured interoperability at higher levels, making it possible to integrate linking devices and gateways."

The Fieldbus Foundation and its members are working on new initiatives that will further enhance the value proposition of HSE. For example, the new HSE Remote I/O (HSE RIO) specification will define the structure for interfacing remote I/O over the HSE control backbone. The addition of remote I/O further tightens the integration of process instrumentation within the Foundation fieldbus architecture. This solution will expand the presence of Foundation technology in hybrid environments such as those found in pharmaceuticals and chemical processing.

New horizons with SIF

 

The Fieldbus Foundation’s plant automation solutions continue to progress based on changing market requirements. At the forefront of current developments is Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF). This project was initiated in response to process end users, who want to realize the CAPEX and OPEX benefits of open and interoperable fieldbus technology in their plant safety systems.

Foundation fieldbus, with its industry-proven distributed function blocks and open communications protocol, is an ideal platform for advancing standards-based solutions for SIFs. Foundation for SIF provides powerful diagnostic capabilities improving a wide range of safety instrumented functions and streamlining device testing requirements. This technology offers new opportunities to optimize asset management initiatives and reduce plant operating expenses.

The Foundation for SIF solution meets the rigorous requirements of the IEC 61508 standard for functional safety of electrical, electronic and programmable electronic safety-related systems, up to, and including, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3. In addition, end users can build systems per the IEC 61511 standard covering SIF functional safety in the process industries (IEC 61511 is available as the ANSI/ISA-84.00.01-2004 standard).

Third-party agencies will safety certify Foundation for SIF devices, and the Fieldbus Foundation will test and register them for interoperability. End users can apply the requirements specified in the IEC 61511 standard to determine the SIL needed for their particular application, and then select interoperable, safety-certified fieldbus devices from multiple suppliers for use in their safety systems.

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Wireless moving forward

 

The Fieldbus Foundation, together with the HART Communication Foundation and Profibus Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), has formed a wireless cooperation team that is developing an interface specification and compliance guidelines to integrate a universally accepted wireless solution into the HART™, Foundation fieldbus, PROFIBUS and PROFINET communications networks. The common interface is intended to make it easier for automation end users to take advantage of evolving wireless technologies.

The cooperative wireless solution will enable wireless data to be collected and sent to a host system via an HSE backhaul network—either wired or wireless. It will also allow wireless communication with intelligent field devices in a wide range of process measurement and control applications.

In late 2008, the Fieldbus Foundation and ISA entered into a cross-licensing agreement allowing the two organizations to collaborate on wireless networks. This agreement will assist the ISA100.15 working group in developing a wireless backhaul standard.

The Fieldbus Foundation recognizes the opportunities that are emerging with wireless applications and believes that effectively interfacing with ISA100 systems will serve as a basis for extending the value and applicability of Foundation technology in industry.

Getting started is easy

 

Instrumentation manufacturers entering the digital fieldbus marketplace can use professional consulting services to decrease their time-to-market for new Foundation fieldbus products.

From hardware integration and customized templates, to system testing and standards certification, service providers can make sure Foundation technology is integrated into a supplier's devices as effectively and economically as possible.

A growing number of companies now offer turnkey hardware and software development solutions for fieldbus devices, as well as consultancy services helping with network interfaces and migration from analog instrument designs to modern fieldbus communication.

Off-the-shelf "fieldbus kits" enable the rapid development of Foundation fieldbus devices for Intrinsically Safe (IS) environments. They can be used in conjunction with existing HART devices to create a complete Foundation product. The kits are small enough to be integrated into most existing device housings.

The Fieldbus Foundation itself provides various levels of services for the development, testing and registration of fieldbus devices and host systems. The foundation's staff conducts interoperability and conformance tests for fieldbus devices, and provides project management support for the development of compliant products.

The foundation also offers comprehensive training to help device developers get up to speed on Foundation technology. Instructors for the courses are all Fieldbus Foundation personnel. 

 

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