The Spring 2013 Fieldbus Report is here and available for download from our web site. This issue was a little later than usual because we had a lot of new content to add, like a full write-up of our first ever live field demonstration of FOUNDATION for ROM at Petrobras, our General Assembly in Shanghai, and our recent seminars around the world. You can also read about our launch of Project Gemstone, which is designed to make fieldbus easier for end users. With all the talk about the new generation of smarter marshaling solutions for process control, Fieldbus Foundation has now joined the discussion and you can read about the benefits of VirtualMarshallingTM in the new report as well.
Another new and ongoing feature is “People in Fieldbus”. Our spring issue profiles fieldbus pioneer Terry Blevins. We are truly grateful to have so many dedicated people that have worked hard to make fieldbus a success and we look forward to profiling new people in every issue.
The somewhat manufactured controversy over “Ethernet” versus “Fieldbus” continues to rage on, albeit in a slightly weaker form. Some months ago analyst firm IMS published a report that seemingly foretold the death of “fieldbus” networks in favor of Ethernet-based protocols. The issue of fieldbus and Ethernet being mutually exclusive is tenuous at best. The FOUNDATION fieldbus specification, for example, includes H1 FOUNDATION fieldbus that operates over twisted pair wire and is designed specifically for use with process sensors and actuators. We also have HSE, which is a high speed Ethernet based network that shares the same fundamental block-based structure of H1.