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Fieldbus Foundation Announces New FOUNDATION Technology Blog

Blog will address wide range of issues affecting the world of Foundation fieldbus

AUSTIN, Texas, May 24, 2011 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced that it has established a new blog addressing a wide range of issues affecting the world of Foundation technology. Located at, the blog will cover topics of interest to fieldbus equipment suppliers, end users, engineering firms, system integrators, and others.

Foundation fieldbus provides a supplier-neutral, standards-based process automation infrastructure for plant operational excellence — one of the most advanced and scalable solutions available. The technology is designed to enable process integrity; business intelligence; and open, scalable integration in a managed environment. The first commercial Foundation fieldbus applications were installed in 1997. Since that time, over a million devices have been sold into a $1.5 billion dollar market of products, applications and services.

The Fieldbus Foundation’s global marketing manager, Larry O’Brien, will moderate the new Foundation fieldbus blog. According to O’Brien, there is an increasing need for up-to-date fieldbus news and analysis within the global industrial automation community. “Foundation fieldbus has emerged as the ‘technology-of-choice’ among digital control solutions for the process automation industry — particularly in growing markets such as Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East,” said O’Brien. “Today, with millions of devices installed and Foundation fieldbus controlling some of the world’s largest process plants, there is strong interest in learning more about this enabling technology.”

A sample of recent posts on the Foundation fieldbus blog includes:

Certification of Foundation fieldbus trainers from several leading educations institutions worldwide.

Introduction of new Foundation-compliant products by a number of leading automation equipment suppliers.

Successful Foundation technology installation in the municipal water industry.

Fieldbus host interoperability testing under the Fieldbus Foundation’s new "61b" Host Profile Registration process.

The blog also includes a Twitter feed with additional updates on Foundation fieldbus developments around the world.

O’Brien joined the Fieldbus Foundation in March 2011. Formerly of ARC Advisory Group, he has over 18 years of experience in the process automation business as a research director and industry analyst, and has been tracking and reporting on Foundation fieldbus for much of his career. O’Brien is responsible for developing the strategic marketing direction for Foundation fieldbus worldwide.

About the Fieldbus Foundation

The Fieldbus Foundation is a global not-for-profit corporation consisting of leading process end users and automation companies. Within the Fieldbus Foundation, end users, manufacture s, universities and research organizations work together to develop an automation infrastructure that provides process integrity, business intelligence and open scalable integration in a managed environment. For more information, visit their web site at


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