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Fieldbus Foundation Conducts Press Briefing at 2009 General Assembly

Yokohama, Japan, March 4, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation conducted a press briefing today during its 2009 General Assembly and made the following announcements:


2008-2009 James O. Gray Scholarship Recipients Announced  

Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2009 Asia/Pacific Events

Fieldbus Foundation Establishes Asia/Pacific Executive Advisory Council

Fieldbus Foundation Releases Final Diagnostic Profiles Specification

Fieldbus Foundation Releases Host Test Kit  

Fieldbus Foundation Announces Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) Final Specification and Development Tools

Fieldbus Foundation Announces Plans for Wireless and Remote I/O Demonstrations  

 

 

 

2008-2009 James O. Gray Scholarship Recipients Announced

Singapore Polytechnic, SAIT and Lee College choose student winners

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 4, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the 2008-2009 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship.  The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002.  It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2008-2009 scholarship recipients include:

  • Ho Quan Hui, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: Ho Quan Hui is pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic.  He has completed his certification in Industrial Control and will graduate during 2009.  A "Director's Honor Roll" recipient from Singapore Polytechnic last past two years, Quan Hui participated in the World Skill Competition Singapore 2008 and won Bronze in "Industrial Control."
  • Lynden Lepage, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Lynden Lepage is seeking a degree in Industrial Instrumentation Engineering from SAIT.  Following the completion of these studies, Lynden will pursue a university degree supporting a career path in his home province of Saskatchewan.  Lynden is an active member of the SAIT ISA Student Section.
  • Bernadette Coates, Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA: Bernadette Coates recently completed the coursework necessary to receive an Instrumentation Technician Certificate from Lee College.  She is currently enrolled in drafting courses to increase her technical skills in hopes of working in an engineering environment as an Instrumentation Systems Designer.  Bernadette also plans to secure an associate degree at the community college level.

Honored by the scholarship fund in his name, Jim Gray was employed by Invensys/Foxboro for 25 years as sales and marketing manager.  In addition to being very active within the Fieldbus Foundation from its inception, he held the positions of: secretary of the Board of Directors, member of the Executive Committee, and member of the U.S. Marketing Committee.

For more information about the James O. Gray Educational Scholarship, please the Fieldbus Foundation's website (www.fieldbus.org).

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 www.fieldbus.org.

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Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2009 Asia/Pacific Events

Diverse activities are intended to promote adoption of Foundation technology

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 4, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation has announced its schedule of 2009 events promoting the adoption of Foundation fieldbus in the Asia/Pacific region.  Intended to serve automation end users and other industry stakeholders in fast growing industrial markets, these diverse activities will include:

Southeast Asia

  • Jakarta, Indonesia, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar, April 9
  • Chennai, India, Foundation Fieldbus End User Council Meeting, June
  • Singapore, FPSO (Offshore) Exhibition, August
  • Mumbai, India, Automation 2009, September 16-19

Other planned events:

  • Surat, India, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar
  • Vietnam, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar
  • Philippines, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar
  • Thailand, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar
  • Malaysia, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar
  • Vietnam, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar

East Asia

  • Taipei, Taiwan, SEA Road Show, February 17
  • Kaohsiung, Taiwan, SEA Road Show, February 19
  • Yokohama, Japan, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar, March 4
  • Chongqing, China, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar, April 16
  • Kunming, China, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar, July 16
  • Tokyo, Japan, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar, September
  • Shanghai, China, Miconex 2009, October 20-23
  • Beijing, China, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar, November
  • Tokyo, Japan, JEMIMA M&C Exhibition, November 18-20

Other planned events: Korea, Foundation Fieldbus End User Seminar

Australia

  • Perth, Australia, Jump Aboard Seminar, May 15

For more information about Asia/Pacific events, please visit www.fieldbus.org or call 512.794.8890.

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 www.fieldbus.org.

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Fieldbus Foundation Establishes Asia/Pacific Executive Advisory Council

 

Leading plant automation suppliers to drive the growth of Foundation technology

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 4, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the establishment of an Asia/Pacific Executive Advisory Council (AP-EAC).  This group of leading plant automation suppliers will help drive adoption of open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus technology by process end users in East Asia, Southeast Asia, India and Australia/New Zealand.

The Fieldbus Foundation formed the AP-EAC, along with an Asia/Pacific Steering Committee, as part of its organizational structure for the region.  The AP-EAC is comprised of representatives of the following companies: ABB, Emerson Process Management, Invensys, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Turck, R. STAHL, Yamatake and Yokogawa.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney, the new Executive Advisory Council will play a key role in increasing industry acceptance of Foundation technology.  "The Asia/Pacific market is setting the worldwide pace for manufacturing growth and Greenfield plant construction," said Timoney.  "We have expanded our presence in this part of the world to better support users of Foundation-based control systems in a wide range of industrial process control applications."

The AP-EAC held its first meeting on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at the Pan Pacific Yokohama Bay Hotel in Yokohama, Japan.  Attendees defined the formal EAC organization and elected the council's inaugural officers.  Fieldbus Foundation Asia/Pacific Steering Committee members also attended the meeting to kick-off the new Asia/Pacific management structure.

For updates on future activities in the Asia/Pacific region, please visit www.fieldbus.org or call 512.794.8890.

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 www.fieldbus.org.

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Fieldbus Foundation Releases Final Diagnostic Profiles Specification

 

New specification builds upon robust Foundation diagnostic features

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 4, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the release of the final Foundation fieldbus Diagnostic Profiles Specification. Based on guidelines established by the NAMUR Working Group 2.6, this specification builds upon the robust diagnostic features already provided by Foundation fieldbus devices. At the same time, it allows end users to harness enhanced Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology to achieve true, actionable diagnostics.

Beginning in May 2006, the Fieldbus Foundation and NAMUR, an international user association for automation technology in the process industries, collaborated on enhancements to Foundation technology, which improved its usability. A key objective of this work was to unify the integration of fieldbus self-monitoring data and ensure the availability of valuable diagnostic information to process plant operators, engineers and technicians.

According to the NAMUR NE107 recommendation, "Self Monitoring and Diagnosis of Field Devices," fieldbus diagnostic results should be reliable and viewed in the context of a given application. The document recommends categorizing internal diagnostics into four standard status signals. It also stipulates configuration should be free, as reactions to a fault in the device may be very different depending on the user's requirements. According to NE107, plant operators should only see status signals, with detailed information viewable by device specialists.

Using the power of Foundation fieldbus, and considering the NAMUR NE107 (Self Monitoring and Diagnosis of Field Devices) recommendations for diagnostic profiles support, the Fieldbus Foundation developed a profiles specification enhancing organization and integration of device diagnostics within Foundation fieldbus systems. The specification will also help ensure future fieldbus devices are consistent with NAMUR guidelines.

Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation manager-fieldbus products, commented, "Cooperation between the Fieldbus Foundation and NAMUR enabled all parties to develop a greater understanding of end user requirements during this period of rapid fieldbus adoption. Users will benefit from our collaboration thanks to easier diagnostic configuration, greater application flexibility, and fewer spurious alarms."

The Foundation fieldbus Diagnostic Profiles Specification identifies "role-based diagnostics" for fieldbus equipment and defines a consistent set of parameters for diagnostic alarming. This approach supports categorization of diagnostics according to NE107, thus ensuring the right diagnostic information is available to the right person-at the right time. In addition, it allows diagnostics to be applied, as most appropriate, for a particular plant application (such as process control engineering or asset management maintenance).

A copy of the Foundation fieldbus Diagnostic Profiles Specification is available to Fieldbus Foundation members on Fieldbus Forums (http://forums.fieldbus.org) under "Member Forums - New Specification Forum."

For more information, call 512.794.8890 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 http://www.fieldbus.org.

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Fieldbus Foundation Releases Host Test Kit

 

DD Application Test Module improves host-to-device integration

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 4, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the release of its Host Test Kit DD Application Test Module.  This powerful test kit, driven by the foundation's End User Advisory Council (EUAC), includes hardware and software for testing the functionality of a fieldbus host and its conformance with the Foundation Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST) profile specification.

Thanks to the Host Test Kit DD Application Test Module, end users will benefit from significantly improved host-to-device integration. Foundation fieldbus host suppliers will benefit from standardized test requirements and test cases for all hosts within a profile tested to the same requirements; standardized DD and CF files assuring hosts can parse files; and standardized test devices for all basic I/O function blocks and specialized test transducer blocks.

The Host Test Kit DD Application Test Module is designed to validate host applications implementing DD Services 4.2 or greater.  This includes DD Services 5.0 constructs such as charts, graphs, images and waveforms for visualization; files for persistent storage of functional parameter data; and grids for vector data visualization and manipulation.

The Host Test Kit, developed in cooperation with the Fieldbus Foundation's EUAC and System Integration and Maintenance Team, was driven by end users to bring about consistent interoperability between hosts and devices regardless of the host supplier.  Specifications now include profiles for functionally different hosts and the appropriate features that apply to each profile.

Under the new host registration program, hosts successfully completing the test requirements will be authorized to bear the official Foundation fieldbus product registration symbol.  This program will supersede the previous Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST).

To purchase a licensed copy of the Host Test Kit DD Application Test Module, please contact the Fieldbus Foundation by e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or calling 512.794.8890.

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 www.fieldbus.org.

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Fieldbus Foundation Announces Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) Final Specification and Development Tools

New release supports interoperable SIF devices with powerful fieldbus diagnostic capabilities

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 4, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation has announced new device development solutions for its Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) technology. The latest SIF release includes the Foundation for SIF final Technical Specification package (now available, for the first time, to both foundation members and non-members), SIF Interoperability Test Kit (ITK), and updated DD Library with SIF function blocks. These solutions support development of interoperable SIF devices for use in a wide range of industrial plant SIF applications

Foundation fieldbus, with its industry-proven distributed function blocks and open communications protocol, is an ideal platform for advancing standards-based SIFs. Foundation technology enables process end users to realize significant CAPEX and OPEX benefits by extending fieldbus benefits into plant safety systems. The SIF protocol was approved by TÜV Anlagentechnik GmbH to meet the requirements of IEC 61508 up to, and including, Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3.

In May 2008, the Fieldbus Foundation conducted a successful end user demonstration of its Foundation for SIF solution at the Shell Global Solutions technology center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The purpose of this live technology demonstration, which attracted process automation end users and equipment suppliers from around the world, was to evaluate Foundation fieldbus-enabled safety valves with Partial Stroke Testing (PST) capability, as well as various pressure, level, temperature and diagnostic devices. The demo also evaluated system integration capabilities with asset management and Basic Process Control System (BPCS) platforms.

Audun Gjerde of Shell Global Solutions conducted the SIF demo at the Amsterdam event. He commented, “By implementing Foundation for SIF, Shell expects enhanced diagnostics through a fully integrated asset management system. We also anticipate less testing of final elements thanks to smart testing and diagnostics, as well as online testing and partial stroke testing. This will result in early detection of dangerous device failures—and fewer spurious trips.”

The ARC Advisory Group recently issued a new white paper, “Foundation Fieldbus Safety Instrumented Functions Forge the Future of Process Safety,” describing Foundation SIF technology. Please visit the Fieldbus Foundation website to download the paper.

According to the Fieldbus Foundation’s product manager-fieldbus products, Stephen Mitschke, the new Foundation for SIF solutions will enable automation equipment suppliers to develop SIF devices incorporating powerful fieldbus diagnostics. He said, “Plant safety systems can now employ the same rich diagnostic capabilities traditionally offered by Foundation fieldbus technology. These diagnostics are the key to improved process reliability and robustness, as well as increased uptime and fewer spurious alarms.”

Mitschke added, “Leading automation equipment suppliers are designing a variety of devices to meet the growing market demand for fieldbus-based SIFs. Our developer resources ensure the interoperability of fieldbus equipment in modern safety systems. Certifying agencies such as TUV then provide certification for use of the equipment in Safety Instrumented Systems.”

The new Foundation for SIF technical specification defines analog input (AI) blocks for fieldbus transmitters and other SIF devices. Future updates to the specification will include digital output (DO) blocks. Within Foundation technology, function blocks contain the information needed for online control functions. Device Description (DD) and Capability Files (CF) provide additional information required for configuration and display purposes.

The Foundation for SIF ITK 1.0 is an excellent tool for troubleshooting and debugging devices, and provides all hardware and software required to ensure a manufacturer’s complete device interoperability as specified by the Fieldbus Foundation’s official registration testing procedure. By using the test kit, device developers can run tests identical to those used by the foundation before submitting their device for registration.

The Foundation for SIF ITK includes a host of test cases verifying the functionality of a fieldbus device and its conformance with the Foundation fieldbus function block and transducer block specifications. It also incorporates a DD “Super Viewer” allowing examination and verification of a device's DD, and a conformance test procedure for the Physical Layer. The DD Super Viewer supports validation of existing DDs and the new DD 5.1 format. Device developers can walk their DD, execute methods, and render visualization elements supported by the new DD 5.1 technology. As additional standard function blocks become available, the ITK will be upgraded with new test cases to verify these expanded implementations.

The interoperability test suite can be paired with an ITK automation tool designed to eliminate several manual intervention steps required when performing pre-registration testing of fieldbus devices. The tool improves ITK schedule efficiency and provides a direct reduction in the person-hours needed to complete the testing phase. It is available with a maintenance agreement to keep the test suite software up to date with the latest enhancements.

The Foundation DD Library (Version 3.4) has been updated to include standard Device Description Language (DDL) code for new SIF blocks. With this DD subscription service, device developers now have access to a template DDL that makes it easier and less time-consuming to develop DDs to the Foundation fieldbus specification.

For more information about the Foundation for SIF Technical Specification, please visit the Fieldbus Foundation’s Specification Page. For details regarding the SIF Interoperability Test Kit and DD Library, please visit the Tools Page or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 http://www.fieldbus.org.

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Fieldbus Foundation Announces Plans for Wireless and Remote I/O Demonstrations

 

Major industrial automation end users will host live demos of WIO developments

YOKOHAMA, Japan, March 4, 2009 - The Fieldbus Foundation has announced plans to conduct a series of end user demonstrations of its wireless and remote I/O (WIO) developments.  The live technology demos will show how new wireless and remote I/O solutions tighten the integration of process instrumentation with the Foundation automation infrastructure.

The list of end user demonstration sites includes: United States, The Netherlands, Brazil, Canada and Japan.

The foundation's WIO development project involves leading suppliers of plant automation equipment from around the world.  The project is intended to develop use cases and requirements for High Speed Ethernet (HSE) remote and wireless communications in monitoring and control that are interoperable using function blocks and Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL).  This encompasses solutions using Foundation fieldbus and wireless technologies developed in accordance with the ISA100 standard and work of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Fieldbus Foundation Director of Technology Development, Dave Glanzer, commented, "We are pleased with the progress of our WIO project and the support it has received from the industrial automation industry.  WIO developments promise to advance the utilization of an open, interoperable fieldbus automation infrastructure incorporating both HSE and industrial wireless applications."

Glanzer indicated the WIO project teams, including an HSE Remote I/O (RIO) team, HSE Backhaul team and Wireless Sensor team, are responsible for developing device interoperability and network configuration solutions, validation of technical specifications, and interoperability test and registration procedures.

In October 2008, the Fieldbus Foundation and ISA announced an agreement to facilitate the implementation of wireless backhaul transport networks.  This technology initiative is based on shared interests in serving the needs of end users and suppliers of wireless systems in industrial automation.

At an ISA100 meeting in June of last year, ISA100 leaders established a new working group, ISA100.15-Wireless Backhaul Networks Working Group-to develop and maintain a standard to address one or more dedicated or shared wireless backhaul(s) to support technologies running multiple applications.  The first of these backbones will be the Fieldbus Foundation's HSE implementation.

Companies participating in the WIO development include: ABB, Aniotek, APAT, Apprion, Chevron, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Festo, Flexworks Solutions, Hodson Consulting, Honeywell Process Solutions, MaCT, MTL, OMNEX Control Systems, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. STAHL, RuggedCom, Sense-Comm Technology, Shell Global Solutions, Siemens, Smar, Softing, Turck, Westlock Controls, Yamatake and Yokogawa.

For future updates on the WIO Development Project, please visit www.fieldbus.org.

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 www.fieldbus.org.

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