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FOUNDATION Fieldbus Developer Training To Be Offered During May In Austin, Texas

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 topologies.

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 process.

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



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