"Fieldbus Goes Live," the end-user road show series from the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee (FFUKMC), continued with two more venues, one held at the Brands Hatch racing circuit, Kent, on Tuesday, Oct. 13 and another at the Catch training centre, Humberside, on Thursday, Oct. 15. Each event attracted more than 30 attendees.
Both road shows followed the format of previous events, which have been held at such key sporting locations across the UK as Wembley stadium, Madejski stadium, City of Manchester stadium, and Riverside stadium. The shows began at 9:30 am with registration and a snack breakfast and ran until 4:00 pm. They included a complimentary lunch and access to the facilities, including track-side and the pit at Brands Hatch.
All "Fieldbus Goes Live" road shows are open to prospective end users, systems integrators, contractors, designers, and anyone interested in the implementation of Foundation fieldbus technology. Topics covered include:
- Introduction to Foundation technology-an overview, including hazardous area options;
- Process integrity and reliability-achieved through diagnostics and redundancy;
- Business intelligence-demonstrating improved plant performance;
- Open scalable integration-linking H1, HSE and other networks; and
- Practical systems implementation-demonstration of building, maintaining, and modifying working fieldbus segments.
At the two most recent events, host systems were provided by ABB, Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, and Yokogawa, with devices from BEKA, Endress+Hauser, Smar, Krohne, Invensys, and VEGA, and physical layer interfaces from MTL, MooreHawke, Pepperl+Fuchs, R. Stahl, and Turck.
John Hartley, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee, said the committee was pleased to be able to add Brands Hatch to the list of UK seminar venues. "The UK marketing committee enjoys hosting its Fieldbus Foundation end-user events at some of the major sports venues across the UK," said Hartley. "We know that the attendees appreciate the combination of informative presentations and practical demonstrations delivered by fieldbus experts in a unique venue-it ensures a beneficial and memorable day for all involved!"