The Fieldbus Foundation Central & Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) and Fieldbus Foundation Hungarian Marketing Committee (FFHMC) are delighted with the success of the recent 16th annual Distributed Control Systems (DCS 16) conference and exhibition held at the Hotel Palota, Miskolc-Lillafüred, Hungary, on October 25-27, 2010. Over 260 engineers, end users and representatives of the world's leading suppliers of process control and automation equipment attended the event organised by the Research Institute of Applied Earth Sciences, University of Miskolc.
The extensive three day conference program included a half day seminar dedicated to Foundation Fieldbus. Presentations delivered by representatives of the FFCEEMC and FFHMC addressed five Foundation fieldbus topics including an introduction to the University of Miskolc and its role as a certified training centre; a review of industrial automation with fieldbus; the Foundation fieldbus and DCS world and beyond; explosion protection for Foundation fieldbus High Speed Ethernet; and DART becomes reality.
Of particular interest was a live demonstration of Foundation technology using the demonstration systems assembled by the University of Miskolc. The session proved so popular with DCS16 attendees that a repeat of the live demonstration was added into the agenda for the following day. Over 110 delegates attended the Fieldbus Foundation's sessions which gives a clear indication of the high level of interest in Foundation technology throughout Hungary and its neighbouring area.
Juergen George, chairman - FFCEEMC commented, "I'm delighted that such a significant part of the conference program was dedicated to the implementation of Foundation technology. The high level of attendance at the seminar, and the demand for an extra demonstration session, clearly shows the significant level of interest in process control technologies and plant optimisation within the Eastern European area and reflects ever-increasing project activity". He added, "We are looking forward to the University of Miskolc's successful accreditation under the Foundation certified training program and towards a mutually beneficial partnership with the Fieldbus Foundation".
The University of Miskolc has reached a significant milestone in its application to become an accredited training site that offers fieldbus training courses certified under the Foundation Certified Training Program (FCTP). A license agreement has been signed that recognises the site as a certified training centre that is undergoing the rigorous process of auditing its educational curriculum and instructors in order to achieve full certified training centre status. Once successful in the complete accreditation process, the University of Miskolc will become the preferred site for Fieldbus Foundation training in the Central & Eastern European region.
Other sessions during the three day DCS16 event included keynote speeches on process control trends; presentations addressing industrial communication networks, DCS applications and DCS new technologies and solutions; and the first International Scientific Workshop on DCS. 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 including a welcome reception sponsored by the FFCEEMC and FFHMC.