The Fieldbus Foundation French Marketing Committee recently hosted a successful end user seminar and demonstration at L'Hostellerie du Lac Bleu in Cabriès, nr. Martigues, France, on 12 June 2008.
Claudie Damade, Chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation French Marketing Committee was delighted with the attendance of 26 users and potential users of Foundation technology. "We are pleased to have been able to take the benefits of Foundation technology straight to the heart of the Martigues, Fos sur Mer and Marseille region with its high concentration of oil, gas, refining and chemical sites. Offering attendees the opportunity to get some hands-on practical experience using the live demonstration systems during the workshops was welcomed by everyone who attended." She continued, "Our plans for the next seminar and demonstration in France will be announced in due course".
During the half day seminar, the presentation program covered topics including Foundation configuration, addressing and design; Foundation topology, integration in the ATEX world and trunk cabling; and the advantages of Foundation technology in terms of business intelligence, process integrity and open, scaleable integration.
Host systems from Emerson Process Management, ABB, Invensys, Schneider, Yokogawa and Honeywell, were configured with several field devices from different suppliers to offer live technology demonstrations and workshop sessions to give attendees a practical insight into:
- Physical diagnostics & physical segment integrity / system diagnostics, operator and instrument profiles
- New equipment adding and automatic addressing
- Predictive maintenance
- Network Interfacing and Modbus Ethernet gateway
- Non-Foundation Fieldbus instruments integration to a Foundation Fieldbus network
- Security & availability: Foundation Fieldbus, ATEX and redundancy
After the final question & answer and wrap-up sessions, attendees staying for the complimentary buffet lunch welcomed the opportunity to continue their discussions with eachother, the presenters, and members of the Fieldbus Foundation French Marketing Committee.
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