Process industry leaders around the world to host SIF field demonstrations
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14, 2007 — The Fieldbus Foundation announced today that its Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) demonstration project has been expanded to include multiple end user locations around the world. Plans now call for field demonstrations of Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions at Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; BP, Gelsenkirchen, Germany; and Chevron, Richmond, California, USA.
No changes were required to the existing Foundation protocol to add the SIF protocol extensions. With its industry-proven distributed function blocks and open communications protocol, it is an ideal infrastructure for advancing standards-based Safety Instrumented Functions. The Fieldbus Foundation has developed specifications for safety instrumented functions in cooperation with the world's leading automation end users, controls manufacturers, and safety experts.
The field demonstrations will promote adoption of Foundation SIF technology in the process industries. The project also includes development of SIF best practices and guidelines, training and interoperability test tools for manufactures and end users.
Companies participating in the demonstration working group include: ABB, BIFFI, BP, Chevron, Dresser-Masonelian, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus Diagnostics, HIMA, Honeywell, Invensys, Magnetrol, Metso Automation, Moore Industries, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Risknowlogy B.V., Saudi Aramco, Siemens, Shell Global Solutions, Smar, Softing, TopWorx, TÜV Rheinland, TÜV SÜD, Westlock Controls, and Yokogawa.
The Fieldbus Foundation's director of technology development, David A. Glanzer, said, "Our SIF project continues to gain momentum, as leading automation equipment suppliers and end users lend their support to developing Foundation solutions for standards-based safety instrumented functions. We are pleased that a growing list of major users have agreed to take part in our technology demonstration."
He added, "The Fieldbus Foundation undertook this project at the urging of its end users. Users are realizing significant operating benefits in their non-safety systems through their use of the technology. By extending Foundation technology into Safety Instrumented Functions, they see the opportunity for the additional economic benefits of its native predictive diagnostics."
The Fieldbus Foundation's SIF protocol 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).
The Fieldbus Foundation worked closely with TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service GmbH, Automation, Software and Information Technology, a global, independent and accredited testing agency, to achieve Protocol Type Approval for its SIF specifications. With TÜV Protocol Type Approval, Foundation technology has been extended to provide a comprehensive solution for safety instrumented functions.
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.