The Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) is pleased with the success of its end user seminar and live demonstration of Foundation technology held on Wednesday 9 November, 2011, at Hotel Tumski, Plock, Poland, from 09.30 - 16.00hrs.
Members of the FFCEEMC welcomed 44 delegates from some of the major end users and system integrators in the CEE region including refineries, petrochemical plants, crude oil distribution/storage, pharmaceutical manufacturers, biofuel processors, chemical companies, engineering contractors and EPCs.
With its theme ‘Foundation Fieldbus Live', the agenda for the day included a comprehensive program of presentations in Polish language with a specific insight into Foundation fieldbus life-cycle economics. Of particular interest to attendees were the practical, live, hands-on demonstrations of the building, maintenance and modification of working Foundation segments using host systems from Honeywell and Emerson Process Management together with field devices and components from several Fieldbus Foundation equipment suppliers.
In addition to the presentation program and demonstration, attendees had several opportunities to discuss applications and suitable Foundation solutions with representatives from the FFCEEMC member companies at a table top display during the breaks and after the close of the proceedings. Complimentary refreshments, lunch and seminar materials were provided.
Juergen George - FFCEEMC chairman commented, "The Fieldbus Foundation's CEE marketing committee has participated in key Polish process and automation exhibitions and conferences during the last couple of years and we were pleased to return with a dedicated end user seminar and technology demonstration." He continued, "Foundation technology had already been installed in at least 9 major petrochemical plants in the region and we are experiencing a high level of interest from other potential users. We have already scheduled a multi-venue tour to Krakow, Katowice and Gliwice in the south of the country later next year to address our established customers and to meet potential implementers of Foundation technology."
Foundation fieldbus is the technology of choice in process automation applications across the CEE region. End users are realising the benefits of Foundation fieldbus in terms of reduced commissioning times, reduced maintenance, wide availability of registered devices and host systems, and the CapEx and OpEx savings achievable. The Foundation solution delivers open, scalable integration; process integrity; and business intelligence across the plant enterprise.
The FFCEEMC is committed to promoting Foundation technology to end users and EPCs through end user focused training seminars and is actively supporting users and prospective users in the local languages of the region. A network of "partners" is being established to ensure that support is available to all users or potential users - whether it's a need for basic training, the sharing of installation experiences, project definition, commissioning or maintenance.
The FFCEEMC includes representatives from major suppliers of control systems and instrumentation including Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, MTL/Polyco, Pepperl+Fuchs, R.Stahl/ASE, Turck and Yokogawa.