Report: Workshop & Demonstration at DCS 17, Hungary, Oct 24-26
The Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) once again participated in the conference program during the 17th Distributed Control Systems symposium (DCS17) on 24-26 October 2011 at Hotel Palota, Miskolc-Lillafüred, Hungary. Over 275 delegates from Hungary and the CEE region attended the three day conference organised by the Research Institute if Applied Earth Sciences, University of Miskolc.
The conference program kicked off with a morning plenary session for all, followed a workshop dedicated to FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. Presentations were given by representatives of FFCEEMC member companies addressing three FOUNDATION fieldbus topics including ‘The Economies of FOUNDATION Fieldbus’ by Szilárd Szelmann (Yokogawa Hungary Ltd.); ‘FOUNDATION Fieldbus DART and Functional Safety’ by György Baradits (Controlorg Ltd.); and ‘Explosion Protection for FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 – an Update on the Latest Solutions Including High Power Trunk, Ex ic and DART’ by Árpád Veress (Stahl Hungary Ltd.).
Following the success of the live FOUNDATION technology demonstration sessions at last year’s DCS16 conference, the FFCEEMC team again ran a live demonstration session using the newly commissioned demonstration units featuring three FOUNDATION host systems with fieldbus devices from different suppliers to demonstrate aspects of the technology and interoperability.
Other sessions during the three day DCS17 event included various keynote speeches; presentations on smart field instrumentation; DCS plans, DCS applications and DCS and connecting systems; and the International Scientific workshop. 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 an exhibition featuring displays from 13 exhibitors during the breaks and evening drinks receptions.
Juergen George, chairman – FFCEEMC commented, “Once again, I’m delighted that the DCS conference program included a half day dedicated to the implementation of FOUNDATION technology. As before, our live demonstration sessions were well attended and clearly indicate the level of interest by engineers to get into the heart of FOUNDATION technology and gain first hand experience of its functional benefits.” He continued, “With a significant increase in project activities in the CEE region, and a corresponding increase in FOUNDATION technology experience, we are looking forward to an even busier seminar and roadshow schedule for 2012!”
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.