Vendor-neutral instruction covers key aspects of Foundation technology
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11, 2009 – The Fieldbus Foundation today announced it will offer Foundation fieldbus developer training during May 2009 at its headquarters in Austin, Texas. The vendor-neutral “Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus” and “Advanced Principles of Foundation Fieldbus” courses cover all key aspects of open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus technology.
The one-day “Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus” course will be conducted on May 5. The three-day “Advanced Principles of Foundation Fieldbus” will be held on May 6-8.
The "Introduction to Foundation
Fieldbus course is designed for developers, end users, marketing
professionals, applications engineers, system integrators and others
interested in obtaining a fundamental knowledge of Foundation technology. Students become familiar with the basic concepts and new terminology related to the Foundation
integrated architecture. They gain an understanding of the strategies
for wiring and installation of a fieldbus network. Special emphasis is
placed on design issues such as power requirements, device types and
This introductory course has been updated to include new
information about grounding and shielding, as well as Safety
Instrumented Functions (SIF).
The "Advanced Principles of Foundation
Fieldbus" course is designed for manufacturers and developers of
fieldbus hardware and software. It is best suited for development
engineers, test engineers, and all who wish to understand the detailed
inner workings of a Foundation fieldbus device. The course covers major tools used by Foundation
device developers. Students gain an understanding of the basics of the
bus monitor and apply this tool in interactive exercises demonstrating
fieldbus communications and the use of filters for network
troubleshooting. The curriculum also addresses the foundation’s
automation infrastructure for communications between fieldbus devices
and field instruments and hosts.
This advanced course includes updated information concerning
alerting/alarming and Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL), as
well as new sections on developments in Field Diagnostics and
Capability Files. The new technology implements role-based diagnostics,
meaning the right information is sent to the appropriate person—when
they need it. A system of push diagnostics, rather than pull
diagnostics, allows the user to receive alerts much quicker and to the
right people, instead of having to request information from the
devices. The Device Development section incorporates some previously
included information, but has been expanded to better describe the
For more information about Foundation fieldbus developer training, or to register for an upcoming course, please visit the Fieldbus Foundation’s website.
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.