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ISA EXPO 2006 Press Releases

The Fieldbus Foundation conducted a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2006 Automation Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, and made the following announcements:

Fieldbus Foundation Announces Foundation Certified Solution Provider Program

Fieldbus Foundation Announces Foundation Certified Training Program

Fieldbus Foundation Announces Initiative Bringing Remote I/O To Foundation Technology

Fieldbus Foundation Appoints Tatum Marketing Manager

Fieldbus Foundation Launches New Website

Fieldbus Foundation Releases Integrated Device Description Development Application

Rezabek Named End User Advisory Council (EUAC) Chairman

 

 

 

 

Fieldbus Foundation Announces Foundation Certified Solution Provider Program

FCSP will encourage fieldbus development and define acceptable level of supplier expertise

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 17, 2006 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2006 Automation Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, today announced the Foundation Certified Solution Provider Program (FCSP).  The program will encourage greater support for fieldbus device development throughout the automation industry, and define an acceptable level of expertise for Foundation-certified solution providers.

The FCSP is a comprehensive initiative benefiting members of the control and instrumentation developer community.  Device and host system suppliers will be able to identify solution providers certified for their ability to deliver products and/or services facilitating the implementation of Foundation technology in control systems and field devices, and reducing time-to-market for new fieldbus offerings.  Solution providers will be able to market themselves as having an FCSP certificate to potential customers, and will be recognized on the Fieldbus Foundation website (www.fieldbus.org).

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney believes the FCSP provides a strong incentive for automation developers to become involved with Foundation technology.  "Solution providers participating in the rapidly expanding, global fieldbus market will gain a competitive advantage by achieving Fieldbus Foundation certification," said Timoney.  "The FCSP program will signal to the market that certain providers have met established criteria for knowledge and experience with the technology.  This will be of great benefit to automation vendors seeking qualified assistance on fieldbus development projects."

The term of the FCSP certificate will be one year, and the certification is renewable annually.

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 a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations 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 http://www.fieldbus.org/.

 

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Fieldbus Foundation Announces Foundation Certified Training Program

FCTP will establish uniform standards for fieldbus training curriculum, instructors and learning

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 17, 2006 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2006 Automation Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, today announced the Foundation Certified Training Program (FCTP).  The program will establish uniform standards for fieldbus training curriculum at Foundation-certified training sites around the world, and define acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology.

The FCTP is a comprehensive initiative benefiting the entire industrial automation community.  End users will gain access to highly skilled employees possessing a strong knowledge of Foundation technology principles; a consistent understanding of fieldbus fundamentals, regardless of geographical location; and a proven ability to implement fieldbus-based control systems.  Students will be able to identify colleges, universities and other educational facilities offering a certified Foundation training curriculum.  After graduating, they will be able to market themselves as having an FCTP certificate to potential employers.  Educational institutions will gain recognition as Fieldbus Foundation-certified training sites providing FCTP certification, and will be listed on the foundation's website (www.fieldbus.org).

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney, the FCTP supports industry adoption of Foundation technology and helps meet the need for control engineers, operators and technicians trained in the use of fieldbus instrumentation.  "The demand for skilled Foundation professionals is increasing at a rapid pace," said Timoney.  "The goals of this program are to encourage students to pursue a career in digital automation, and to increase the availability of certified fieldbus training for tomorrow's plant personnel.  Ultimately, this effort will benefit the process industries and the markets they serve."

For educational institutions, achieving Fieldbus Foundation certification will be a multi-stage process involving rigorous procedures for gaining certified training site status, and for certifying course instructors and curriculum.  Certified training centers will be required to maintain multiple hosts and devices onsite in order to demonstrate competence with fieldbus technology.  They will also be audited to ensure their course material adheres to set instructional standards covering fieldbus segment limits; device replacements; commands, icons, menus and screen designs of different software packages; and communication, scheduling and function block assignments enabling configuration.

Certified instructors will be audited to see if they have achieved specified Fieldbus Foundation training goals.  Instructors must demonstrate expertise in areas such as Human-Machine Interface (HMI) tools, fieldbus troubleshooting, simple device configuration, and device deployment and functionality across a fieldbus network.

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 a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations 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 http://www.fieldbus.org/.

 

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Fieldbus Foundation Announces Initiative Bringing Remote I/O To Foundation Technology

Worldwide end user demand for a single network infrastructure drives specification development

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 17, 2006 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2006 Automation Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, today announced the launch of a new initiative to develop a specification for standardizing the interface of remote I/O into the Foundation architecture.

The new specification will define the structure for interfacing remote I/O over the Fieldbus Foundation's tightly integrated High Speed Ethernet (HSE) control backbone.

According to the Fieldbus Foundation's director of technology development, David A. Glanzer, the addition of remote I/O further tightens the integration of process instrumentation within the Foundation architecture.  Glanzer said, "The Fieldbus Foundation has always been driven by two main goals: meeting the market's needs for an open, tightly integrated automation infrastructure, and continuously improving the technology to enable users to realize CAPEX and OPEX improvements.  In other words, ‘make it open and make it capable of delivering business benefits.'"

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney added, "Remote I/O is a three billion dollar market, about one-third of which is connected to DCS.  The fastest growth in this segment is occurring in petroleum and gas, which is a perfect match to the foundation's fastest growing markets."

Timoney continued, "Users do not yet have a single infrastructure that meets all their needs, but that is exactly what they would prefer.  Other networks offer communication capabilities but stop there.  Foundation technology is about much more than just communication.  Offering scalable integration, distributed control and extensive communication for delivering business intelligence, Foundation technology is more of a system infrastructure.  The addition of remote I/O is a logical and desirable inclusion in that infrastructure.

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 a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations 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.

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Fieldbus Foundation Appoints Tatum Marketing Manager

Automation industry veteran to promote growth of Foundation technology

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 17, 2006 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2006 Automation Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, today announced the appointment of Bill Tatum as marketing manager.  An automation industry veteran, Tatum will be responsible for strategic marketing initiatives promoting the growth of Foundation technology.

Tatum previously held the positions of national sales manager, systems division manager, fieldbus products manager and regional sales manager for Smar International, a major worldwide supplier of automation systems and field devices for the process industries.

At The Massey Company, a distributor of process measurement and control equipment in the Southeastern U.S., he served as instrumentation sales manager and branch manager.

Tatum looks forward to his new duties with the Fieldbus Foundation, where he will oversee activities such as developing the strategic marketing direction of the foundation, advertising, technology demonstrations, marketing promotions and marketing communications.

"I am pleased to join the foundation during this exciting period in its growth," said Tatum.  "Our organization is involved in many ambitious programs encouraging the use of Foundation technology by industrial end users around the world."

He added, "I hope utilizing my experience with fieldbus will help expand our global support for automation suppliers and end users, and make our technology more accessible in developing markets."

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 a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations 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 http://www.fieldbus.org/.


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Fieldbus Foundation Launches New Website

Redesigned and enhanced site provides unprecedented global reach

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 17, 2006 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2006 Automation Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, today announced the launch of its redesigned and enhanced website.  Located at www.fieldbus.org, the site offers new, robust functionality, as well as intuitive navigational features, serving those implementing Foundation technology.

Among the new features available:

  •  Site-wide keyword search;
  • Enhanced registered device and compliant host search;
  • Regional information pages;
  • Regional training site pages;
  • Expanded technology overview;
  • Fieldbus "News At A Glance;"
  • Fieldbus marketplace information.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney, the new foundation website offers unprecedented reach to the worldwide Foundation technology marketplace.  "Our new website was designed to support the growing international fieldbus community.  It includes an expanded global section addressing four major geographical regions: the Americas, EMEA, Asia/Pacific and Oceania.  Individual country pages describe current news and events in that area."

Timoney continued, "This web site is a valuable asset for automation suppliers, system integrators, end users and other seeking comprehensive information about Foundation technology.  Enhanced functionality and navigational features save time and make it easier to browse the latest fieldbus-related news, technical resources and registered products."

He added, "The site provides visitors better access to the information they need, when they need it."

To learn more, visit 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 a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations 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.

 

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Fieldbus Foundation Releases Integrated Device Description Development Application

DD-IDE reduces time-to-market for Foundation devices

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 17, 2006 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2006 Automation Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, today announced the release of the Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE).  The DD-IDE provides a single, easy to use application for developing, testing and debugging Device Description (DD) files.

The DD-IDE includes all of the tools required to streamline the DD development process.  Foundation device developers no longer need a separate DD editor, tokenizer and viewer, since these applications have now been combined in an integrated test and development environment.

According to the Fieldbus Foundation's manager-fieldbus products, Stephen Mitschke, the DD-IDE enables device developers to take advantage of the latest Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) enhancements.  "With the DD-IDE solution, instrument suppliers can reduce their time-to-market for new Foundation product offerings," said Mitschke.  "The DD-IDE provides the means to leverage enhanced EDDL, which standardizes the presentation of intelligent device information and improves graphical visualization and display capabilities for automation system users."

The DD-IDE is designed for fast, automatic code completion as the developer types code into DD project files.  The application includes an online method debugger with watch window; an integrated, advanced text editor with customizable syntax highlighting and color-coding; an output window to display progress and errors during tokenizing; customizable project settings; a global file search tool; customizable tag files; and a project resource tree for management and development.

The DD-IDE provides DD 5 support (visualization and persistent data storage), including enhanced DD constructs such as charts, graphs, images and waveforms for visualization; files for persistent storage of functional parameter data; and grids for vector data visualization and manipulation.  It allows users to break points within code for defined methods, and then run through the method until a breakpoint is reached-providing time to incrementally observe and troubleshoot the code.  This can be done in simulation mode or online with a live device.

The DD-IDE has three message windows: Output, Watch, and Find.  The Output tab displays the result of a build, the Watch tab displays the local variables of a debugging method, and the Find tab displays the results of a particular search.

Additionally, the DD-IDE has a project tree pane allowing users to add project, resource, and simulation files for easy access and management.  New DD files can be created or existing files can be added within the project tree.

Technology supplied by SlickEdit Inc., a provider of multi-language software development tools and advanced code editors, is integrated into the DD-IDE to support complex code development.  The Fieldbus Foundation recently entered into an OEM partnership with SlickEdit and selected the company's code editor as the framework for the DD-IDE.

Use of the DD-IDE requires a Pentium-class PC, Windows 2000 or Windows XP, and 136 MB of free space for installation (additional space is needed for development and application settings).

The DD-IDE is licensed on a per-seat basis and comes with 90 days of maintenance.

For more information about the DD-IDE, please visit www.fieldbus.org or call (512) 794-8890.

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 a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations 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.

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Rezabek Named End User Advisory Council (EUAC) Chairman

ISP controls specialist to oversee activities of global Foundation user advisory group

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 17, 2006 - The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2006 Automation Conference & Exhibition in Houston, Texas, today announced that John Rezabek has been named chairman of its End User Advisory Council (EUAC).  Employed as a controls specialist at ISP's butanediol (BDO) plant in Lima, Ohio, Rezabek will oversee activities of the global Foundation user advisory group.

The EUAC provides a formal mechanism for relating end user issues directly to the Fieldbus Foundation's Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and Board of Directors (BOD).  The group gives those implementing Foundation technology a voice in the direction of development work.  Council members meet several times per year to discuss matters involving industry needs, as well as current Foundation technology directions, such as the program to develop specifications for the use of Foundation technology in Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS).

Rezabek, who replaces Ian Verhappen as EUAC chairman, welcomes his role in representing the worldwide fieldbus end user community.  "The EUAC plays a vital part in ensuring that Foundation technology meets the needs of today's automation end users," he said.  "I am honored to chair this important user group, and look forward to working with my colleagues at other major process industry companies."

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney was extremely pleased with Rezabek's acceptance of the EUAC post.  He commented, "The EUAC plays a critical role in the direction and success of the Fieldbus Foundation.  John Rezabek has an extensive background using Foundation technology in demanding chemical production applications.  He is recognized throughout the industry as a strong advocate of fieldbus-based plant automation systems and will do an excellent job of keeping us on track and moving forward.  We welcome John as our EUAC chairman."

Rezabek has over 25 years of process control experience. He has served in diverse staff and supervisory positions for Standard Oil and BP Chemicals, and is now employed by ISP, who purchased a portion of BP's chemical assets in Ohio.  He holds a B.S. degree in systems engineering from the Case Institute of Technology (Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio.

Rezabek was the site implementation manager for the first application of Foundation High Speed Ethernet (HSE) and Flexible Function Block (FFB) technology in an operating chemical plant, which was hosted by ISP on behalf of the Fieldbus Foundation.

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 a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.  In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations 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 http://www.fieldbus.org/.

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