Milan, Italy, September 14, 2009 - The Fieldbus Foundation's Italian Marketing Committee, Consorzio Fieldbus Foundation - Italia (FF Italia), conducting a press briefing at the Fieldbus Foundation's annual EMEA marketing conference, reflected on the success of its recent end user events held across Italy.
The first end user training event of its 2009 regional schedule took place on April 22 at the Ravenna Servizi Industriali training centre, in the heart of the chemical industrial region of Ravenna, Italy. The seminar attracted 59 participants from over 20 companies around the area - including both current and prospective users of Foundation technology.
With its theme "Foundation fieldbus - State of the art: why and how to switch to the digital world", the study day updated attendees with the technological developments of Foundation technology and its applications and markets within Italy, Europe and worldwide. Special emphasis was given to demonstrating the ease of use, installation, commissioning and maintenance of Foundation systems and the benefits to the end user in terms of increased business intelligence, process integrity and open, scaleable integration.
Of particular interest to attendees was the presentation about Foundation fieldbus for safety instrumented functions (FFSIF) and a live demonstration of control in the field and backup using the link active scheduler (LAS).
Continuing its successful "Study Day" format, FF Italia hosted a second end user training day on June 11 at the Hotel Baia di Nora, Cagliari, Sardinia, themed "Foundation Fieldbus - Process Automation and Distributed Control". The event was also sponsored by the Italian end user organisations CLUI-EXERA and ANIPLA.
In addition to hosting it own technical seminars, FF Italia was pleased to accept an invitation from Ing. Sergio Guardiano of Eni-Saipem's Onshore Business Unit, to conduct a seminar dedicated to Foundation technology and its application across the enterprise throughout a plant's life cycle. The event was held on May 6 and was attended by 26 of Saipem's engineers and technicians, members of FF Italia and a representative from the Italian end user group CLUI-EXERA. Attendees were impressed by the interoperability of hosts and devices and the truly standard solution offered by Foundation technology.
Consorzio FF-Italia chairman, Massimo Guidi, is delighted with the success of the three end user seminars held in Ravenna, Milan and Cagliari so far this year. "The Fieldbus Foundation's commitment to developments of Foundation technology and its future in a constantly changing market are clear. In turn, the Italian Marketing Committee is committed to supporting its current and potential end users throughout the Italian region before, during and after they implement Foundation technology into their own processes."