The Fieldbus Foundation Dutch Marketing Committee (FF Nederland) welcomed over 150 engineers to its recent end user seminar held on November 12th 2009 to mark the 10th anniversary of the committee and its activities in The Netherlands.
The successful seminar took place at STC Brielle, nr. Rotterdam, The Netherlands, from 15.30 - 20.00 and focused on the "Facts & Opinions of Foundation Fieldbus - Usage and Maintenance".
The comprehensive afternoon programme was kicked off by Rob van der Zwan, chairman - FFNL, with a review of the Dutch committee's activities over the last decade. This was followed by three parallel presentations from prominent end users of Foundation technology which were each held twice to enable delegates to attend two of the three options. Each of the sessions focused on a particular aspect of the technology including operations, engineering and maintenance. Mark Dijkstra of Titan Woods reviewed total project handling; Peter Holdijk, AKZO-Nobel, outlined the engineering aspects of remotely controlled chloride production units; and Ron Nieuwland and Michel Immerzeel, Shin-etsu, shared his company's experiences of the project maintenance phase. Each presentation was followed by a round table discussion moderated by a key editor from the industry including Willem van der Bijl, Rob Hulsebos and Bareld Bruining. Delegates particularly appreciated the open and honest format of these plenary sessions that followed the end user presentations. After the complimentary dinner, the evening concluded with a presentation of future developments of Foundation technology.
A table top exhibition by the FFNL member companies provided an ideal opportunity for participants to discuss products and applications with fieldbus experts from many of the world's leading suppliers of control and automation systems and devices. This was complemented by the open access to STC Brielle's demonstration plant.
Rob van der Zwan, chairman of FF Nederland, was delighted with the success of the event. "We knew that the timing of the event would fit well with a busy engineer's daily schedule and our program of presentation topics and speakers addressed the critical issues facing users and potential users of Foundation technology." He continued, "The discussion forums proved to be particularly valuable and we are grateful to our moderators for facilitating such a fruitful exchange of experiences and opinions".