Good Article on Fieldbuses by James Powell of Siemens

Like many of my colleagues that work for supplier companies, James Powell of Siemens is in a position where he must provide support for multiple fieldbus protocols, including FOUNDATION fieldbus, Profibus PA, and HART.  In this article from Plant Engineering, James tackles the topic of competing fieldbuses extremely well. Being the marketing manager for Fieldbus Foundation means that I am competing against HART and Profibus to a degree, but there are many instances where we must work together.  If you go into any plant today, you won’t see any single network as dominant.  Most likely you will see some FOUNDATION fieldbus devices, some HART devices, some Profibus devices, wireless devices, etc.  Cooperation is a good thing, but competition can also make our offerings stronger in the end.

Plant Engineering Article by James Powell of Siemens: Selecting an Open Digital Protocol

About FieldComm Group

The FieldComm Group is a global standards-based organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of new and overlapping technologies and serves as the source for FDI technology. The FieldComm Group’s mission is to develop, manage and promote global standards for integrating digital devices into automation system architectures while protecting process-automation investments in HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication technologies. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of the technologies. For more information, visit their web site at

2 responses to “Good Article on Fieldbuses by James Powell of Siemens”

  1. Carl Henning says :

    I agree, Larry, competition makes us stronger. Yet we can cooperate to the users’ benefit in areas like FDI and connecting both FF and PROFIBUS & PROFINET to WirelessHART. And we can agree that users should be using a fieldbus although we may differ slightly as to which fieldbus they should use. 🙂

  2. Deloris Mills says :

    It has been some time since I visited website with such high quality information For Technology Tutorials. Thank you so much for providing such helpful information. This is really informative and I will for sure refer my friends the same. Thanks.

    latest technology tips

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: