The Fieldbus Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of a new Fieldbus Foundation Benelux Marketing Committee (FFBeneluxMC) to promote an increased awareness and adoption of Foundation technology throughout Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg through promotional activities and a range of end user focused activities including training, technical support, trade show participation and end user seminars.
The committee was formally launched at an inaugural meeting held on 18 January, 2011, and was attended by representatives of Fieldbus Foundation Netherlands member companies and Belgian offices. The meeting was also supported by Marc Van Pelt, vice-president - Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Operations and chairman - Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee. The new Benelux committee fully incorporates all activities, responsibilities and members of the former Fieldbus Foundation - Netherlands marketing committee (FFNL).
FFBeneluxMC members include: Acta vzw, ABB, AKZO Nobel BV, BP Raffinaderij Rotterdam BV, Electromach BV, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Flowserve, Honeywell, Invensys Process Systems, Moore Industries, MTL Instruments, Pepperl+Fuchs, Shin-Etsu VCM BV, Smar, SPIE Controlec Automation BV, Stahl, STC Group, Turck, Wintershall Noordzee BV and Yokogawa.
Rob van der Zwan, chairman, and Hans Rill, Marcel Vennemann and Peter Klestadt, members of the former FFNL, will continue to serve on the new expanded Benelux committee. They welcome Belgian members Harold Balemans and Koen Hoogstoel to the team.
Marc Van Pelt, welcomed the extension of the former Dutch committee's role. "The Dutch group has grown consistently since its launch in 1999, and the expanded committee now has an impressive membership of 16 companies with an additional 6 honorary end user and engineering contractor members . It made perfect sense to expand the responsibilities of this successful group to include Belgium and Luxembourg." He continued, "The participation of our end user members in the committee and its end user events is a valuable asset to both the group itself and to all prospective users of Foundation fieldbus attending the seminars. This beneficial arrangement is also being mirrored in other EMEA marketing committees".
With the support of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Executive Advisory Council and Fieldbus Foundation EMEA Steering Committee, the FFBeneluxMC will play an important role in promoting the primary value propositions of Foundation technology, which include business integrity, business intelligence and open, scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants.
In addition to participation in key exhibitions or conferences in the region, the FFBeneluxMC's marketing plans will continue to focus on end users through its biannual seminars for current and prospective users of Foundation technology. Attendees will be updated on the technological developments of Foundation fieldbus, participate in technology demonstrations using live systems, attend sample training sessions, and learn about end user applications experiences. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their own applications with fieldbus experts and suppliers of systems and devices. The next event will be held on 19 May, 2011, at the Acta training centre for technology and automation in Kalmthout, Antwerp, Belgium. Later in the year the STC Group will host a seminar at its training centre at Brielle, close to the Rotterdam-Europort industrial area in the Netherlands.
Having established a unique training centre for process control and automation, STC Brielle became one of the first educational establishments worldwide to offer fieldbus training courses certified under its Foundation Certified Training program (FCTP). This program establishes uniform educational standards for fieldbus educational curriculum around the globe, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology.
For more information about FFBeneluxMC and its activities, visit the Benelux pages of the Fieldbus Foundation website http://www.fieldbus.org/ or email
For more information about training courses at STC Brielle, visit the Education Section of the Fieldbus Foundation website.