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Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2009 North American End User Seminar Schedule

Free seminars show how Foundation™ fieldbus enables operational excellence in process plants

AUSTIN, Texas, February 24, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced its 2009 North American end user seminar schedule. The free seminar program shows attendees how they can employ Foundation™ fieldbus, a supplier-neutral, standards-based process automation infrastructure, to achieve operational excellence in process plants and other industrial facilities.

The first seminar of 2009 will be held on Thursday, March 19, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Additional events are planned for:

  • April 21: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • April 23: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Oct. 15, Long Beach, California, USA
  • Nov. 3: Pasadena, Texas, USA
  • Nov. 5: Houston, Texas, USA

Oriented towards process control end users and engineering firms, the one-day seminars cover all aspects of Foundation automation infrastructure management. For 2009, the seminars have been updated to address core technology topics such as Open, Scalable Integration/Segment Design & Layout; Process Integrity/Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) and Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF); and Business Intelligence/Maintenance & Troubleshooting. Each topic is discussed in detail for 45 minutes to one hour, followed immediately by a hands-on demonstration of 15-20 minutes to reinforce the subject matter. Local end user speakers also present case studies about their fieldbus applications. The seminars conclude with a demonstration addressing Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology.

Fieldbus Foundation Marketing Manager Bill Tatum stressed the importance of the end user seminar program. “Technology education is a key initiative for our organization in North America and around the world,” he said. “End users want to know more about the advantages of Foundation fieldbus, and they’re seeking help in putting fieldbus to work in their plants and factories. Successful fieldbus operations require the ability to effectively design, install, service, and operate a new breed of process automation system. Fieldbus is not more difficult than traditional automation technologies, but it is different, affecting the planning, implementation, and operational aspects of a project. Once learned, fieldbus is actually simpler than conventional control strategies in many respects.”

The Fieldbus Foundation will provide each 2009 end user seminar participant with a certificate that can be used for PDH hours, as well as hard copies of presentation materials. Lunch is also included for all attendees.

For more information about the 2009 North American seminar schedule, or to register for an upcoming event, please visit

About the Fieldbus Foundation

The Fieldbus Foundation is a global not-for-profit corporation consisting of leading process end users and automation companies. Within the Fieldbus Foundation, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations work together to develop an automation infrastructure that provides process integrity, business intelligence and open scalable integration in a managed environment. For more information, visit their web site at


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