Upcoming FOUNDATION™ Technology Study Day – Stockport, 13 May, 2014 – Signup Today!

Stockport, UK – 14 April, 2014 – The Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee (FFUKMC) is finalising its plans for the first of its 2014 schedule of end user events – a FOUNDATION Technology Study Day to be held in Stockport on Tuesday 13 May, 2014.

With a morning session focused on an introduction to FOUNDATION technology, a lunch break with tabletop displays and additional presentations, and an afternoon session offering a more advanced programme, delegates will be able to tailor the day to suit their own requirements. Delegates may choose to attend either the morning or afternoon session or they are welcome to attend both. There is no charge to attend and the lunch and lunchtime sessions are open to all delegates.

Following registration and coffee, the morning session, from 10.00-12.30, will include an introduction to FOUNDATION technology and solutions, and an insight into the lifecycle economics of the system.

The afternoon session, from 13.30-16.00, will present a more in-depth programme of presentations and practical workshops with a focus on supporting a FOUNDATION installation through asset management; device replacement; calibration and recommended maintenance practices.

All registered attendees are invited to the complimentary lunch during which Fieldbus Foundation member companies will be available to discuss and demonstrate their FOUNDATION products and services.

Also available during the lunch break are update presentations on FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (F-ROM) and FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF).

New for the Stockport Study Day will be a round table discussion about the ‘Roles and Relationship of IT and Security” which is will be open to all attendees and will offer a forum to debate solution networking and data security issues.

Richard Barnes, chairman of the FFUKMC is looking forward to welcoming current or potential end users, system integrators, EPCs, and all personnel with an interest in FOUNDATION fieldbus systems or a need to gain an understanding of the technology. “The FFUKMC has tried and tested this new approach to its end user seminars – we understand the need for differing levels of information to suit individuals in differing roles within the process automation enterprise. The study day format which we adopted for our recent events in London, Aberdeen and Middlesbrough allows everyone to gain high quality information whether it’s at an introductory level or an advanced level. We’ve also listened to feedback from previous attendees and have introduced new topical elements into the agenda”. He continued, “There will also be several opportunities throughout the day for networking with other users and potential users, as well as industry experts and suppliers of the systems, devices and components that make up a FOUNDATION system.”

The event will be held on Tuesday 13 May at the Emerson Process Management offices, Arden Business Centre, Horsfield Way, Bredbury, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 2SU. Delegates are invited to register their names, company, email address and session preferences with the UK Committee, email: uk_info@fieldbus.org.

The FOUNDATION Technology Study Days will continue to be held at locations around the UK. The next scheduled event will be announced in due course. Visit the UK events page for more info.

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About the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee

The FFUKMC was formally established in 1999 to promote an increased awareness and adoption of FOUNDATION™ technology throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland through a range of end user focused activities including technology seminars and roadshows, technical demonstrations and support, and trade show and conference participation.

The FFUKMC membership now includes: ABB, Beamex, Beka Associates, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, MTL –Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Moore Industries, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Rotork, R.Stahl, Smar, Turck, Vega and Yokogawa.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee and its activities in the UK and Ireland, visit the FFUKMC webpages of the Fieldbus Foundation’s website www.fieldbus.org, or email uk_info@fieldbus.org.

 

Discussions Between Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation Make Significant Progress Towards Potential Merger

HANNOVER, Germany, April 7, 2014 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the 2014 Hannover Messe, today announced significant progress in its discussions with the HART Communication Foundation on the potential for merging the two organisations into a single industry foundation dedicated to the needs of intelligent device communications in the world of process automation.

Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on September 25, 2013, study teams representing both organisations have been investigating the implications of a merger in terms of: the potential benefits to both end users and suppliers, the organisations themselves, and extensive and often common membership; the possible structures that a combined organisation could take and how it would be integrated; and the exploratory work with regard to due diligence in the financial and legal aspects.

Preliminary evaluations support the combining of the two organisations and confirm that many synergies already exist.

The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation have worked extensively together in the past and have a long history of cooperation. For example, the two organisations worked together on the development of common international standards such as Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and, most recently, the development of the Field Device Integration (FDI) specification. The merger offers significant potential to harmonise many aspects of the two protocols, making it easier for end users and suppliers to implement the technology and obtain the full benefits of each technology in plant operations and maintenance.

In particular, the harmonisation of the test and registration processes and procedures and the simplified and single access to a shared IP portfolio, would streamline product development, increase efficiencies, and reduce the suppliers’ cost to market.

The chairmen of the two organisations—Dr. Gunther Kegel of the Fieldbus Foundation and Mr. Mark Schumacher of the HART Communication Foundation—issued the following statement on behalf of their Boards of Directors:

“As we move forward with the evaluations, we are increasingly confident that a single organisation will offer significant benefits on all levels. End users would receive the combined power of the two complementary technologies providing a full solution that addresses every conceivable aspect of field communications and intelligent device management for the process industries. For suppliers, a single organisation would create efficiencies in resource utilisation, consistency of processes and procedures, and would deliver significant improvements in member services and support.”

Endorsed by the presidents of the two organisations, Richard J. Timoney of the Fieldbus Foundation and Ted Masters of the HART Communication Foundation, added: “As the study teams conclude their evaluations and due diligence considerations, they will present each board of directors with a report and recommendation. The boards then vote individually whether to proceed or not. Only if both boards vote to proceed will the proposal be put to the member vote in each organisation.”

They continued, “A final decision to merge the two organisations will be the result of a thorough and sound analysis and will represent a major step forward in the evolution of intelligent devices and the world of industrial communications. We look forward to concluding the study phase and eagerly await the outcome of the recommendations”

For more information, download our Frequently Asked Questions document, or contact the Fieldbus Foundation at +1 512.794.8890 or info@fieldbus.org.

PHOTOS: Check out some photos from the Field Communication Lounge and the 20th Anniversary Press Conference given by President & CEO of the Fieldbus Foundation, Rich Timoney. Click HERE.

About HART Communication Foundation

The HART Communication Foundation is the technology owner and standards organisation for the HART Communication Protocol. Founded in 1993, the Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, membership organisation providing support for the HART Communication technology and standards worldwide. The Foundation is supported by a global membership of more than 285 companies. For more information, visit their web site at www.hartcomm.org.

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, manufacturers, universities and research organisations work together to develop an automation infrastructure that allows you to view your process in high definition; manage information effectively; and optimise people, processes and technology. For more information, visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.

Hannover Messe 2014 – Fieldbus Foundation Press Conference & Reception Monday 7th April, 2014, at 16.30 hrs

To mark the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Fieldbus Foundation will be holding a press conference on the co-sponsored Field Communication Lounge, Hall 9, booth D68, at this year’s Hannover Messe, Germany, on Monday 7th April, 2014.

The press conference will start at 16.30hrs and will be followed by a reception at which several senior executives from Fieldbus Foundation member companies, including the world’s leading automation equipment suppliers, will be present and available for discussions.

The press conference will be hosted by Richard Timoney – Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO; Dr. Gunther Kegel – Chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation Board of Directors; and members of the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee.

Richard Timoney, will reflect on the past twenty years – the advancements of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technology, the evolving process automation industry and the exciting opportunities for fieldbus technology in the future. Collaboration and integration between the various communications technologies and organisations continues to increase – an update of the key initiatives will be given.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee and its activities visit the German section of the Fieldbus Foundation website www.fieldbus.org, or email germany@fieldbus.org.

More information about the Field Communication Lounge at Hannover Messe 2014 can be found at www.fieldcommunicationlounge.com

Lee College Workforce Exhibiting FOUNDATION Fieldbus

It has been some time since we last posted. Apologies are in order as we’ve been hard at work over here at the Fieldbus Foundation making it better and better for all of you guys. Keep the word usability in the back of your mind because it is an important message right now. Nonetheless, let us focus on the subject at hand.

A news piece was recently released by the Observer over in the Lake Houston area on an exhibit that Lee College will be participating at during the 30th annual ISA instrumentation trade show in Pasadena, TX. The trade show will be held from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Lee College workforce representatives will provide visitors with information on classes now being offered through the FOUNDATION Fieldbus Center. They will also have details about fieldbus staff, instructors and registration opportunities.

For those of you who do not know, Lee College is a member of our FOUNDATION Certified Training Program which is a prestigious program run by the Fieldbus Foundation in order to verify competency and robustness of FOUNDATION training at a particular education site. These sites meet very strict guidelines of vendor neutrality and ensure students get trained on the latest equipment and by the most intelligent competent people. If you’re in the Houston area for this show be darn sure you swing by and talk to the people over at Lee College (they know their stuff!).

Drop in to our FCTP section on our website to learn all there is to know about the FCTP program and to download a Whitepaper on what it means for these institutions to be certified under this program.

We wish the ISA Instrumentation Trade Show the best of luck and hope for a successful show. The industry needs continued participation and interest in our field and it’s great to see some of our own great partners involved in these activities!

You can see the original news story referenced by going here: http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/lake_houston/news/lee-college-workforce-center-to-exhibit-april-at-instrumentation-tradeshow/article_201716e5-c74d-5a0f-92d0-112a30351025.html

 

Fieldbus Foundation Co-Sponsors Field Communication Lounge at Hannover Messe 2014

The Fieldbus Foundation joins the FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute, OPC Foundation and PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International), to host the fourth co-sponsored Field Communication Lounge exhibit in Hall 9, booth D68, at one of the world’s largest automation trade shows, the 2014 Hannover Messe, Germany, from 7-11 April, 2014.

The Field Communication Lounge creates a single area for visitors to learn about and experience the latest in field communication and integration technologies and to discuss how these technologies work together to deliver powerful results to improve plant operations, safety, energy usage, compliance, quality, performance, and a company’s profitability!

The Lounge provides a common demonstration and display area in which the participating organisations and their members will showcase their individual process and factory automation communication and integration technologies. This combined exhibit concept better aligns with the way in which users often integrate field communication technologies at their own facilities.

Visitors to the Field Communication Lounge will have a central place to:

  • Discuss the leading automation communication protocols and integration technologies – their advantages, applications and their relevance in practice
  • See practical demonstrations of field communication and integration solutions including the FDI technology and the FDT standard that incorporates all networks as well as DTM and FDI configuration methods
  • Find new intelligent field devices, device configuration solutions, asset management and control solutions
  • Experience wireless and integration technologies that lower the cost of new measurements
  • Learn how the information in intelligent field devices can lower cost and improve plant performance

Fatih Denizer, chairman – Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee, is looking forward again to welcoming visitors to the Field Communication Lounge. “This joint concept by the leading technology organisations was first introduced at the 2011 Hannover Fair and has been adopted at each Hannover Fair since. As each year passes, a central pavilion for all the communication technologies makes more and more sense as integration and collaboration increases. The original core group of four partnering organisations has now increased to six!”

This year, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the Fieldbus Foundation and its FOUNDATION™ fieldbus digital process automation communications technology. During the Hannover Fair 2014, a press conference and reception, on Monday 7th April at 16.30 hrs on the Field Communication Lounge, will offer a forum for Richard Timoney, Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO, to reflect on the past twenty years – the advancements of fieldbus technology, the evolving process automation industry and the exciting opportunities for fieldbus technology in the future.

Timoney comments, “Twenty years ago the Fieldbus Foundation was launched by a group of visionaries who saw additional ways to advance approaches to solve application and control problems. At that time the various protocols were viewed in a competitive light but today we see those same protocols in one booth here at the Hannover Fair.” He continues, “Our industry since that time has recognised the complementary nature of the protocols as they relate to applications and control in ‘fit, form and function’. Not only do we share a common booth but we have also developed significant solutions through collaboration between the organisations for a single aim – such as standardisation of EDDL and the soon-to-be-released FDI solution that provides a common platform for device integration for the disparate protocols and approaches.”

The Fieldbus Foundation Technology Kiosk will feature devices and technology solutions from: ABB, Beamex, Bürkert, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Heinrich Messtechnik, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. Stahl, Samson, Softing and Yokogawa.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee and its activities visit the Fieldbus Foundation’s website http://www.fieldbus.org, or email germany@fieldbus.org.

More information about the Field Communication Lounge can be found at www.fieldcommunicationlounge.com

FOUNDATION Fieldbus is the Process Industry Work Horse

It’s time we give Jim Montague over at Control Global a head nod for his recent coverage of the process fieldbuses. For those of you who have been following Jim’s writing you know he has been quite the advocate for Ethernet, but it is his most recent writings on the current state of the process industries that have been the most enlightening. “Okay, so it’s obvious that fieldbuses never went away. It turns out I was too focused on over-hyped technology trends and wasn’t paying enough attention to what was going on in the real world” said Jim.

In our current world of faster and faster processors, bigger and bigger hard drives and our unquenchable thirst to consume information, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest “sexy” new tech development that promises to be faster and better than the previous. Wireless was the sexiest new thing for a while until common sense kicked in and people started realizing that while it has some killer applications (large rotating equipment was one great example I heard), it doesn’t fit everywhere and frankly can’t be used everywhere. As with all technology, the market ultimately dictates where and how technology will be used and more often than not common sense applications drive implementation. This is the reason that Ethernet hasn’t yet grasped the process industry. It just wasn’t necessary. The killer application wasn’t there yet. FOUNDATION fieldbus’ HSE has seen slow adoption because prior to FOUNDATION for ROM, there wasn’t a strong value proposition since the increased speed alone wasn’t needed. (FOUNDATION for ROM certainly has changed the HSE landscape and a very strong value proposition exists now for HSE, but that’s a topic for another day.)

Unlike the internet service providers of the world who have to meet the demands of users streaming massive high definition video files, the process industry is a historically slow moving giant with slow moving networks. Why is that?  Simple, because faster networks have just not been needed. A “large” file in the world of FOUNDATION fieldbus is a DD download of something in the neighborhood of 2 MB. In fact, did you know that the average file size of a registered FOUNDATION fieldbus DD in 2012 was 640 KB? That’s right. Kilobytes. By comparison, the average file size for a single MP3 music file is somewhere in the ballpark of 6 MB. That’s almost 10 times larger than an average DD file. Despite the obvious sufficiency of “slow” speed fieldbus networks, Ethernet seemed to be the next “sexy” tech advancement where speed and common interface connectivity would take over the industry. Jim Montague, however, seemed to come to the realization that Ethernet may just be another big uproar that doesn’t have the strong footing it might otherwise want our industry to believe. After all, is Ethernet actually addressing a user’s needs or is it an advancement for the sake of advancement?

Jim’s take on it is that while there is a lot of media buzz going on right now about Ethernet, the true work horse of the process industries quietly lumbers along at 31.25 kbps picking up project win after project win all while meeting the needs of the user today and in future expansion projects.

Jump on over and read Jim’s article on Control Global’s website called “Fieldbus Protocols Support All Processes“.

Control in the Field Helps Nicaragua Achieve Aggressive Renewable Energy Agenda

Control in the Field Helps Nicaragua Achieve Aggressive Renewable Energy Agenda

For those of you who haven’t caught it, Jim Montague recently posted a nice write up on an installation Softing took lead on in Nicaragua in order to help them achieve an aggressive renewable energy agenda. The write up was very well written and really hits on a lot of the value proposition that FOUNDATION fieldbus offers end users. Their particular application does an excellent job of utilizing Control in the Field in order to decentralize control over a large geographic area.

I don’t want to spoil too many details since Jim put in plenty of work on this writeup so be sure to click the link above to head over to control’s website to read the article!

You can also see Softing’s official write up on the project over on the Installations page of our website.

Take Advantage of the Benefits

Make sure your company realizes all of the benefits that come with membership with the Fieldbus Foundation. Members can participate in various steering committees, technical teams and working groups that help establish the direction of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technology initiatives to meet the needs of the global process automation industry.

Members also receive access to the latest FOUNDATION technical specifications and development tools, discounts on certified fieldbus training, and more.

Whether you are a manufacturer, systems integrator, educational institution, end user or other professional in the business, you can take advantage of the following benefits:

 

  • Intellectual Property Rights License – Voting members have an option to accept a license to use the Intellectual Property Rights of the Fieldbus Foundation for the design, development, manufacture, or sale of devices utilizing FOUNDATION technology.
  • Board of Directors Election – Voting members participate in the annual foundation board election.
  • Directory/Registered Catalog Listing – Member companies and listed affiliates are displayed on the Fieldbus Foundation website along with information about your company’s registered products and fieldbus-related services. This establishes recognition of your involvement and participation in the foundation.
  • Style Guide/Official Logos – Members are allowed use of official Fieldbus Foundation logos and are issued a style guide that describes guidelines for application of these logos. Use of the logos is a marketing tool for display on your FOUNDATION products, ads, etc.
  • Committees – Participate on regional marketing committee, technical teams and/or work groups as the foundation continues to develop and expand the technology.
  • Marketing Activities – Opportunity to participate in tradeshows, seminars, demos and promotional programs as a way to market your company, and its fieldbus products and services, to end-users.
  • Fieldbus Forums – An online community providing user/developer forums for discussion items such as technical issues, improvement ideas and much more.
  • Discounts – Reduced pricing on training, consulting services, and product development tools.

Additional information can be found on the Membership page of the foundation’s website, or by contacting Member Services at member.services@fieldbus.org or (512) 794-8890.

Fieldbus Foundation 2014 General Assembly Postponed Due to Nuclear Security Summit

The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the postponement of its 2014 General Assembly in Rotterdam due to travel and security restrictions associated with the upcoming Global Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Originally planned for March 25-28, the Fieldbus Foundation’s global Foundation fieldbus end user seminar will be rescheduled for the fall of this year somewhere in Europe (location pending), while its End User Advisory Council (EUAC) meeting and business meeting will be conducted electronically on the original dates of March 26 and March 28, respectively. The EUAC session will be the first in a series of such meetings to be held electronically this year.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney explained the change of plans: “We were recently advised that the global community will be holding a major nuclear summit in The Hague during the same week as our General Assembly. The Dutch government has announced the highest level of security protocol for all modes of transportation to, from and within the tri-city region of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. As such, it was necessary for us to cancel our end user conference, relocate our board meeting and conduct a WebEx business meeting for the membership, which is required annually.”
The Fieldbus Foundation’s General Assembly offers an overview of Foundation fieldbus developments across the globe. It includes updates by leading fieldbus experts on the latest advancements in fieldbus technology, as well as presentations by major end users who have installed Foundation fieldbus in their industrial operations.

For information, please visit the Events page on the Fieldbus Foundation’s website or call 512-794-8890.

2014 Fieldbus Foundation General Assembly Postponed

The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the postponement of its 2014 General Assembly in Rotterdam due to travel and security restrictions associated with the upcoming Global Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Originally planned for March 25-28, the Fieldbus Foundation’s global FOUNDATION™ fieldbus end user seminar will be rescheduled for the fall of this year somewhere in Europe (location pending), while its End User Advisory Council (EUAC) meeting and business meeting will be conducted electronically on the original dates of March 26 and March 28, respectively. The EUAC session will be the first in a series of such meetings to be held electronically this year.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney explained the change of plans: “We were recently advised that the global community will be holding a major nuclear summit in The Hague during the same week as our General Assembly. The Dutch government has announced the highest level of security protocol for all modes of transportation to, from and within the tri-city region of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. As such, it was necessary for us to cancel our end user conference, relocate our board meeting and conduct a WebEx business meeting for the membership, which is required annually.”

The Fieldbus Foundation’s General Assembly offers an overview of FOUNDATION fieldbus developments across the globe. It includes updates by leading fieldbus experts on the latest advancements in fieldbus technology, as well as presentations by major end users who have installed FOUNDATION fieldbus in their industrial operations.

For information, please visit the Events page on the Fieldbus Foundation’s website or call 512-794-8890.

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