The Fieldbus Foundation Central & Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) is delighted with the success of the recent 15th annual Distributed Control Systems (DCS 15) conference and exhibition held at the Hotel Palota, Miskolc-Lillafüred, Hungary, on October 26-28, 2009. Over 280 engineers, end users and representatives of the world's leading suppliers of process control and automation equipment attended the three day event organised by the Research Institute of Applied Chemistry, the University of Miskolc and the Miskolc Organisation Society for Measurement, Automation and Informatics.
The extensive three day conference program included a day dedicated to Process Control & Safety Systems which included a presentation by Thomas Kasten and presented by Tibor Farkas, chairman - Fieldbus Foundation Hungarian Marketing Committee titled "NAMUR Recommendation NE 97 and Foundation Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF)".
The presentation outlined the NAMUR 97 recommendation, the Fieldbus Foundation's FF-SIF development programme, and results of the four demonstrations undertaken by Shell Global Solutions, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; BP, Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Saudi Aramco, Dharhan, Saudi Arabia; and Chevron, Houston, USA. Of particular interest to the audience were details of the end user field trial installations and the benefits experienced by the end users through the implementation of FF-SIF technology.
Other sessions during the three day event addressed new products and solutions, FDT solutions and applications, DCS and cooperating systems, and DCS applications. Speakers included several end users and industry experts - including representatives from several of the Fieldbus Foundation's member companies.
In addition to the speaker program, attendees were also able to visit the exhibition and poster presentations and participate in several social events enabling many opportunities for discussions and the sharing of applications experiences.
Jürgen George, chairman FFCEEMC commented, "The continued high attendance levels of the annual DCS event is a clear indication of the increasing level of interest in process control technologies and plant optimisation within the Eastern European area and reflects ever increasing project activity. I'm delighted that members of the Fieldbus Foundation and end users in the area were able to participate significantly in the conference program and share their knowledge and experiences with other users and potential users of the Foundation technology".