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Fieldbus Foundation Conducts Press Briefing at Interkama 2009

HANNOVER, Germany, April 21, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the INTERKAMA+ 2009 Trade Fair in Hannover, Germany, made the following announcements:

Dr. Raimund Sommer Elected Chairman - Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC)

Fieldbus Foundation Reflects Over Positive Marketing Achievements In EMEA Region

200m² Fieldbus Foundation Stand At Interkama 2009, Hannover, Germany

 

 

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Dr. Raimund Sommer Elected Chairman - Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EAC)

Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory CouncilHANNOVER, Germany, April 21, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the INTERKAMA+ 2009 Trade Fair in Hannover, Germany, today announced that Dr. Raimund Sommer, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, has been elected as Chairman to its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for the next annual term of office.

Dr. Sommer held the position of Vice-Chairman for the 2008 term of office and takes over the chairmanship from Dr. Graeme Philp, formerly of MTL Instruments. Elections for the post of Vice-Chairman for the 2009 term of office will be held at the council’s meeting due to be held during the INTERKAMA exhibition and will be announced in due course.

The EMEA EAC members include: Dr. Raimund Sommer, Endress+Hauser (Chairman), Jürgen Fuchs, ABB; David Dunbar, Emerson Process Management; Dr. Peter Pockrandt, Hirschmann; Richard Willems, Honeywell; Alain Ginguene, Invensys; Günter Pinkowski, Krohne; Mike O’Neill, Moore Industries; Peter Maxwell, MTL-Cooper Crouse Hinds; Dr. Gunther Kegel, Pepperl+Fuchs, Jordi Cruz, Rockwell Automation; Dr. Peter Völker, R. Stahl; Dr. Wolfgang Trier, Softing; and Henk van der Bent, Yokogawa.

Marc Van Pelt, Vice-President - Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, welcomed Dr. Sommer to his new role. “Firstly, I would like to thank Dr. Graeme Philp for his dedication to the role of Chairman over the last year and I’m looking forward to working closely with Dr. Sommer over the forthcoming year as we progress further with several Foundation technology initiatives throughout the EMEA region.” He continued, “Many businesses are currently experiencing challenging times but it is also an exciting time in terms of the many technological advancements of FOUNDATION technology for automation infrastructures.”

The Fieldbus Foundation EMEA EAC, a committee of senior executives from EMEA’s leading control and instrumentation companies, was established in February 2005 in response to growing demand for Foundation fieldbus in the EMEA industrial market. The advisory council is dedicated to promoting the adoption of Foundation technology by automation equipment suppliers and end users and it ensures the funding and availability of human resources to support local fieldbus marketing activities across the EMEA region. Implementation of the EAC’s directives and the development of regional marketing initiatives are undertaken by the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee together with local marketing groups.

Dr. Sommer began his career studying Electrical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, and gained a PhD at the Institute for Control Systems, University of Karlsruhe. He joined Siemens where he spent 17 years in various positions – mainly in the field of automation systems and industrial communication systems. He then moved to Buerkert International for two years where he held the position of Vice President for Marketing & Technology. For the last six years he has been Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG based in Reinach, Switzerland, the division responsible for products, systems and solutions for process and logistics automation as well as for device integration based on industrial communications systems.

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 organisations 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 Reflects Over Positive Marketing Achievements In EMEA Region

HANNOVER, Germany, April 21, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the INTERKAMA+ 2009 Trade Fair in Hannover, Germany, reflected on its marketing achievements throughout the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region during 2008. Key elements of the 2008 strategy included the continued establishment of regional marketing committees; an extensive program of end user training seminars; participation in international and regional trade exhibitions and conferences; the hosting of the Fieldbus Foundation 2008 General Assembly in Antwerp, Belgium; and the hosting of Foundation Safety Instrumented Functions (FF SIF) technology demonstrations at Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam, the Netherlands and at BP Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The development of a formal marketing committee for the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region in October 2008 represents a significant step forward for the Fieldbus Foundation’s EMEA Steering Committee. Working closely with the established Hungarian committee, the Fieldbus Foundation CEE marketing committee (FFCEEMC) is responsible for marketing activities in fifteen CEE countries. The FFCEEMC joins ten other Fieldbus Foundation marketing committees already active in Germany, France, UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States & Baltics (CIS&B), Norway, Sweden and Southern Africa.

Each group is committed to the promotion of Foundation fieldbus technology throughout their region through a range of local activities including end user seminars, supplier training, trade show participation and technology demonstrations. All committee members are active suppliers of Foundation devices, host systems, tools and services, and represent many of the world’s leading automation equipment suppliers - working together with the support of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee and Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council to implement the Fieldbus Foundation’s EMEA marketing strategy.

As a cornerstone of the Fieldbus Foundation’s EMEA marketing plan and that of each regional marketing group, an extensive program of training seminars/conferences was held throughout the year that included events in Reading and Wembley, UK; Cork, Ireland; Stockholm, Sweden; Budapest, Hungary; Cabriès and Paris, France; Piolo, Italy; Algiers, Algeria; Basel, Switzerland; Stavanger, Norway; Moscow, Russia; and Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Kuwait in the Middle East. Seminar delegates typically include both current and prospective engineering contractors and users of Foundation technology who are able to enjoy technical presentations on the technology and its implementation, practical demonstrations and panel discussions in local languages.

Taking the benefits of Foundation technology to a wider audience, EMEA marketing committee members participated in numerous exhibitions and specialist conferences in 2008 including the Process Management Academy, Düsseldorf, Germany; Interkama 08, Hannover, Germany; ITF conference, Stockholm, Sweden; HET Instrument, Utrecht, the Netherlands; Instrumentation Scotland + Offshore Systems, Aberdeen, Scotland; and Process Teknik, Göteborg, Sweden.

Several years of dedicated work by the Fieldbus Foundation’s Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) demonstration project working group culminated in a successful live technology demonstration of Foundation SIF technology at the Shell Global Solutions technology centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, for process automation end users and equipment suppliers from around the world. Presentations by representatives of Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Saudi Aramco, Dharan, Saudi Arabia; BP, Gelsenkirschen, Germany; and Chevron, Houston, Texas, USA, described the implementation of FF SIF in a wide range of industrial safety systems applications. Since the demonstration in May, new device development solutions for SIF have been released including the final technical specification package, SIF Interoperability Test Kit, and an updated Device Description (DD) library with SIF function blocks.

Marc Van Pelt, Vice-President - Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, welcomed the progress made by his colleagues during the year. “I am delighted that the marketing groups are becoming more active year on year. As process automation users throughout the EMEA region continue to embrace the technology - it is critical that we support them in their local language wherever possible.” He continued, “We are increasing the number of proposed end user seminars and exhibitions supported throughout the region, and we are enhancing the Fieldbus Foundation’s website though the development of local language web pages. Also, local language translations of Fieldbus Foundation technical and sales documentation are becoming more readily available to end users and member companies”.

With an increased focus on the benefits of Foundation technology as an automation infrastructure for operational excellence, the emphasis on end user focused marketing activities will continue throughout 2009. EMEA marketing committees are formulating their plans for 2009 which currently include seminars in the UK, Russia, Italy, France, Germany and the Middle East, and participation in several EMEA trade shows and conferences.

As the demand for specialised Foundation technology training continues to increase, more educational institutions will apply to become certified under the rigorous Foundation Certified Training Program (FCTP) which has been introduced by the Fieldbus Foundation to establish uniform standards for fieldbus educational curriculum around the globe, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology. STC Brielle, the Netherlands, is one of the first educational establishments worldwide to offer FCTP certified training courses.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation and its activities visit the Fieldbus Foundation’s website www.fieldbus.org, or email 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 organisations 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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200m² Fieldbus Foundation Stand At Interkama 2009, Hannover, Germany

Hannover, Germany, April 2, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation has unveiled its plans to exhibit at Interkama 2009, the international process automation trade exhibition and conference from April 20-24 2009. Following a theme of “Tea and Technology”, the Fieldbus Foundation will occupy stand number B09, a prime 200m² corner stand located in Hall 7, the hall dedicated to process automation technologies. Visitors to the stand will be invited to sample a choice of 30 specialist teas during their discussions with Fieldbus Foundation staff and representatives from the participating member companies.

Coordinated by the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee, the stand layout will feature purpose built kiosks demonstrating Foundation technology solutions and applications through the static and operational displays of registered devices, host systems, tools and services available from at least 17 of the world’s leading automation equipment suppliers. In addition, information will be available about the latest technological developments from the Fieldbus Foundation including Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF SIF).

A briefing to the trade press will take place on the Fieldbus Foundation stand on Tuesday 21st April from 14.00-15.00hr, followed by a reception. Dr. Raimund Sommer, Chairman – Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council (EMEA EAC), will provide an update of several aspects of Foundation technology and their impact in the EMEA region including an update of the Fieldbus Foundation Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) development project and progress made by the EDDL cooperation team and wireless cooperation team. He will also highlight some of the Fieldbus Foundation's EMEA marketing activities and German End User initiatives.

Marc Van Pelt, Vice-President – Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, is looking forward to this year’s Interkama show. “The Fieldbus Foundation and its members continue to achieve major milestones in technological and product developments which will be reflected in the live demonstrations on, and between, some kiosks at the show. We are looking forward to discussing developments such as Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions, wireless and remote I/O and advanced diagnostics with visitors to the stand”. He continued, “The German Marketing Committee has a particularly busy schedule this year – not only have they participated in last month’s PMA Europe in Düsseldorf, they are also exhibiting at both Interkama and ACHEMA and will host an end user conference in Frankfurt later this year”.

To date, participating members at Interkama 2009 include: Advanced Process Automation Technologies (APAT), Bürkert, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Enotec, Fieldbus International, Hans Turck, Honeywell, Leoni Kerpen, Northwire, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. Stahl, Samson, Siemens, Softing and Yokogawa.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee and its activities visit the Fieldbus Foundation’s website www.fieldbus.org, or email 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 organisations 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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