FRANKFURT, Germany, February 14th, 2006 – The Fieldbus Foundation is delighted with the success of the End User Council (EUC) meeting held in Germany on February 14th at the Frankfurt Höchst Industrial Park. Coordinated by the Fieldbus Foundation’s German Marketing Committee, the event was the first of the 2006 schedule of end user and engineering contractor events planned by the Fieldbus Foundation’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Steering Committee.
EUC meetings offer end users, engineering contractors, system integrators and suppliers of fieldbus equipment the unique opportunity to share their experiences about the implementation of Foundation fieldbus technology within their applications.
A total of 106 attendees, together with 15 manufacturers of Foundation fieldbus equipment participated in the German EUC event. The programme for the day included end user presentations, practical demonstrations of Foundation fieldbus functionalities including “control in the field” and “backup link active scheduler (LAS)”, and a discussion forum about the diagnostics capabilities of fieldbus systems. Also, throughout the event, attendees had the opportunity to view table top displays exhibited by well known manufacturers of DCS, sensor, actuator and Foundation fieldbus components.
The programme of end user presentations addressed the following topics:
- Best-practice fieldbus installation – Mr. Pelz, Clariant
- Shielding and grounding in Foundation fieldbus networks – Mr. Schmedding, Bayer
- State of the art maintenance strategies – Mr. Otte, BP
- Exchange of experiences with Foundation technology – Mr. PhD Kiupel, Degussa
Two key Foundation fieldbus functionalities were demonstrated on a multi vendor installation consisting of 30 different field devices installed in the form of a virtual plant. The “backup LAS” demonstration showed that even during a DCS failure and failure of the LAS, a field device can be used to replace the DCS and ensure the safe operation of the plant. Another demonstration highlighted the “control in the field” functionality using sensors and actuators to implement a PID control loop directly in the field. The “control in the field” functionality operates independently of the chosen DCS.
Among the table top exhibits were demonstrations of new diagnostics modules that allow the analysis of both the field devices and the physical layer of the fieldbus system. These advanced diagnostics modules enable preventive maintenance in fieldbus installations through the monitoring of the physical layer to detect potential failures faster - enabling the end user to rectify problems and avoid unnecessary downtime.
The final item on the day’s agenda was a presentation given by Marc Van Pelt, V-P Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, in which he explained the global organisation of the Fieldbus Foundation and its current and future technological developments such as the integration of safety instrumented systems (SIS) and the H1/High Speed Ethernet (HSE) integrated architecture.
At the conclusion of the successful event, Marc Van Pelt commented “I am very proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of the EMEA Steering Committee and regional marketing committees that are dedicated to implementing the EMEA Executive Advisory Council’s directives. We are all committed to promoting the adoption of Foundation fieldbus technology by end users throughout the region.” He continued, “This German end user event was the first of the 2006 programme of EMEA focussed initiatives that includes EUC meetings, engineering contractor events, local seminars and participation at trade exhibitions such as this year’s Interkama and ACHEMA shows in Germany”.
More information about the 2006 schedule of EUC and engineering contractor events can be found on the Fieldbus Foundation website www.fieldbus.org.
About the Fieldbus Foundation
The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of an international, interoperable fieldbus. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organisations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability. Visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.