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FOUNDATION Fieldbus Seminar Attracts Large Crowd In China

Event features fieldbus technology presentations by leading Chinese end users

AUSTIN, Texas, December 1, 2008 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced that a fieldbus educational seminar held on November 13, 2008, at the Ramada Pearl Hotel in Guangzhou, China, attracted a crowd of nearly 200 attendees from various process industries. Hosted by the Fieldbus Foundation China Marketing Committee (FFCMC) and organized by the Chinese Foundation Fieldbus Committee (CFFC), the event featured presentations by leading Chinese end users describing the operational advantages and business benefits of implementing the Foundation plant automation infrastructure.

The seminar kicked off with introductory remarks by the CFFC's chairman, Mr. Harold Lin. Mr. Sam DeKey, technical director, National Instruments, provided an update on current Foundation fieldbus developments around the world. Mr. Xie HuaiRen of the Engineering Research Institute of China Petroleum & Petrochemical Industry described various Foundation fieldbus applications across China's petrochemical industry. Ms. Shelly Lu, technical manager, Honeywell, also provided an overview of the current Foundation fieldbus engineering guide.

In the first end user presentation, "Foundation Fieldbus Implementation in Yunnan Sanhuan Fertilizer DAP Project," Mr. Fu Kaiyang, project manager, Sanhuan Fertilizer Project, discussed the use of Foundation fieldbus for large-scale control system applications, where the technology provides a stable, user-friendly process automation solution.

Mr. Zhang YiMin, I&C director, Shanghai Wujing Chemical, presented "Foundation Fieldbus Application in Shanghai Wujing Chemical." According to this presentation, Foundation technology is easy to install and reduces control system cabinet and cable requirements. In addition, control in the field improves control system response time and accuracy, and asset management systems reduce commissioning time. The presentation noted that commissioning time for Shanghai Wujing Chemical's 115 control valves was reduced by 80 percent with fieldbus compared to conventional technology.

In his presentation, "Foundation Fieldbus Success Story in Changxing Glass Plant," Mr. Gao Cai, project director, Zhejiang Glass Group, described the requirements of digital device maintenance. He said modern asset management tools allow device maintenance to be performed remotely, thus improving safety for instrument technicians. At the same time, digital fieldbus systems reduce physical layer and installation requirements.

Mr. Wang Shengli, Senior DCS engineer from CNOOC and Shell Petrochemicals Company Ltd., Dayawan, Huizhou, presented a topic on "Proactive Maintenance Improves Plant Reliability." He told attendees how Foundation fieldbus, together with host management system tools, enables a proactive maintenance strategy that has the potential for significant cost savings. He also stressed the importance of proper training, testing, tools and equipment to successful fieldbus projects.

In his presentation, "Digital Petrochemical Plant," Mr. Xie Huairen, consultant, Sinopec Research Institute, described how digital automation technology improves petrochemical plant efficiency. He indicated that a key benefit of Foundation fieldbus is the ability to utilize robust diagnostic information enabling operators to better understand processes. This capability is supported by preventive intelligence and asset management solutions helping plants to avoid unscheduled shutdowns and improve security.

Mr. Ye Yingmin, instrument lead, SECCO, delivered a presentation entitled, "Experience in Foundation Fieldbus Implementation." He discussed SECCO's experience with one of the world's largest Foundation fieldbus projects. According to the presentation, end users must have sufficient skills and knowledge of Foundation technology in order to ensure a successful fieldbus installation. Users also need to update their implementation procedures to maximize the benefits of the technology. The presentation concluded that applying Foundation fieldbus and asset management solutions helps increase instrument reliability/integrity to 99.8 percent while also reducing failure rates.

Seminar sponsors included ABB, Azbil, CBC, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Hirschmann, Honeywell, Metso Automation, Mettler Toledo, MooreHawke, MTL/Relcom, National Instrument, Northwire, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Samson and Turck.

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