Report from Jakarta Indonesia Seminar

The Fieldbus Foundation conducted an end-user seminar in Jakarta Indonesia May 23rd, from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Kempinski Grand Ballroom D, 11th Floor, West Mall, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town. In this year’s update, users got to see how the latest technology enhancements have made fieldbus much easier to use than it was in the past. For instance the new “compatibility revision” feature has made device replacement much easier, by eliminating the need to touch system software to make device replacement. The new “new download list” feature has made configuration download hassle free as errors and retries of the past are eliminated. Perhaps even more helpful is the “device level access” feature in enhanced EDDL (www.eddl.org), which organizes and displays all device information according to tasks, thus making configuration/setup, diagnostics, and calibration of fieldbus devices much easier. The fieldbus experience is also greatly enhanced thanks to the new Host Profile Registration, which is a new and more system test to ensure control system and intelligent device management software complies with the fieldbus standard.

FOUNDATION Fieldbus Seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia

An important external factor brought about by our daily personal life is that most people are now familiar with software, the internet, and smart phones in a whole new way. This was alien to many in the early days of fieldbus. Therefore, using a computer to connect to a smart device, to download music, applications, and synchronizing with the computer through a digital connection is natural. Now that technicians are familiar with computers and smart devices, the environment for digital fieldbus is right. Configuring, troubleshooting, troubleshooting, and commissioning devices from a computer, as well as downloading DD files, and synchronizing (downloading) device configuration is now intuitive and familiar,  and to many the obvious first choice.

Fieldbus Experts Gather in Indonesia!

FOUNDATION fieldbus benefits are now much easier to achieve and sustain than in the past. For instance the drastic reduction in wiring, particularly for complex devices each having multiple control and feedback signals such as electric actuators, control and on/off valves, etc. Or, tighter PID control with lower process variability. As well as diagnostics for predictive maintenance of on/off valves, gas chromatographs, and inventory tank gauging systems along with other instrumentation.

The other good news is that plants which already have fieldbus systems can benefit from the technology enhancements next time the system is upgraded, thus making the system easier to use. These systems can also make use of the new innovative fieldbus products which have become available, such as intelligent two-wire on/off valves, field mounted shelterless gas chromatographs not requiring sample lines, eight input temperature transmitters, and two-wire inventory tank gauging systems.

The 120 registered end-users also had a chance to see fieldbus equipment from thirteen manufacturers including ABB, Azbil, Emerson, Honeywell, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Stahl, Turck, Yokogawa, Leoni-Kerpen, MooreHawke, and Vega. The presentation material from the event is available on www.fieldbus.org.sg.

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 www.fieldcommgroup.org.

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