Saudi Aramco, a key global oil & gas producer, is at the forefront of efforts to spur development of Foundation fieldbus safety products.
The Saudi Aramco Dhahran site, Saudi Arabia, is one of four end user sites conducting demonstrations of Foundation Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF SIF) technology. Other demonstrations were conducted at Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; BP, Gelsenkirchen, Germany; and Chevron, Houston, Texas, USA.
The demonstrations will promote adoption of Foundation SIF technology in the process industries. The project also includes development of SIF best practices and guidelines, as well as training and interoperability test tools for automation equipment manufacturers and end users.
Patrick Flanders, engineering specialist for Saudi Aramco's Process Instrumentation Division, said "the Foundation SIF solution offers the potential to provide close integration of the complete emergency shutdown loop. This close integration reduces the installation cost. In addition, integration improves the capabilities of field devices in providing self diagnostic information, which is communicated directly to the safety logic solver. At Saudi Aramco, we see this as a breakthrough in the advancement of SIS design"
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