ACTC Undertakes Quantitative Evaluation of Foundation Fieldbus Control in the Field (CIF)
GLASGOW, Scotland, June 2, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation, through its EMEA Operations, has joined the Applied Control Technology Consortium (ACTC), based in Glasgow, Scotland. ACTC is wholly owned and managed by Industrial Systems and Control Ltd., a specialised control engineering consultancy with close links with the Industrial Control Centre at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Through this membership, the ACTC will undertake a program of formal, quantitative evaluations of the performance, reliability and maintainability benefits associated with Foundation technology.
The first area of study is Control in the Field (CIF) in different industrial application scenarios. CIF is a key function offered by Foundation fieldbus technology to end users in process control applications whereby the control function may be performed locally at a sensor/actuator without requiring the data to be transmitted back to a central distributed control system (DCS) or programmable logic controller (PLC).
The project will use theoretical and simulation-based analysis to assess the improved control performance offered by CIF from the elimination of control-related data transmissions to the central control system, reduction in time delays and improved determinism, compared to using conventional fieldbus systems where control calculations are performed within the DCS. Several other perceived benefits of CIF will be highlighted including the improved reliability and availability of simpler control loops, improved network availability, and reduced CAPEX and OPEX costs.
Recognising the mutual value of a technical study into CIF, the CIF project will be a collaborative project between the Fieldbus Foundation and ACTC. On completion, ACTC member companies, many of which are large end users of control technologies, will be invited to become involved with further field studies and field trials.
Travis Hesketh, Vice-Chairman, Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations, commented, "The Fieldbus Foundation is committed to the on-going education of end users and potential end users of the benefits that Foundation technology brings to fieldbus applications. It is clearly understood that CIF is a key function of Foundation technology but to have a formal, third party evaluation of the deliverable benefits is very exciting." He continued, "We are looking forward to an on-going working relationship with ACTC and further collaborative projects."
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.
About the Applied Control Technology Consortium (ACTC)
The Applied Control Technology Consortium (ACTC) was established by Professor Mike Grimble in 1990 with three years support from the DTI, the purpose of which was to encourage end-users to benefit from new control technologies and support industry-academia technology transfer. The ACTC has been supported by many of the UK's largest companies, including BP, Shell, Conoco, Total, GSK, RWEnpower, Jaguar, Ford, BAE Systems, British Energy. It has been entirely self-financing since 1993 and is owned and managed by Industrial Systems and Control Limited. For more information, visit their website www.actc-control.com.
About Industrial Systems and Control Limited (ISC)
Industrial Systems and Control Ltd. is a small, highly regarded control engineering consultancy. ISC was established in 1986 by Professor Mike Grimble to serve consultancy projects that were coming to the Industrial Control Centre at the University of Strathclyde, which remains as one of the leading control research group in Europe. Over the years ISC has remained a consultancy specializing in novel and difficult control problems, working in a wide range of industries from automotive, marine, defence, power generation, process and oil/gas. For more information, visit their website www.isc-ltd.com.