Back on November 6-8th 2013 the Fieldbus Foundation’s Japanese committee participated in the Measurement & Control Show in Tokyo. It was a great success. This event, previously called JEMIMA, is the biggest Process Automation trade show in Japan and thanks to the hard work of the Japanese marketing committee, the Fieldbus Foundation booth at the show was very well received. We do not have any hard numbers on the total yet, but the 2011 show in Tokyo hosted over 25,000 visitors and over 300 booths!
On display at the booth was the new FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology. This new enabling technology helps to better expand Fieldbus capabilities to remote assets without the traditionally complex custom solutions available in the past. ROM allows for the integration of multiple wireless technologies as well as traditional wired standards into the FOUNDATION infrastructure. The booth on display showed ISA100.11a, WirelessHART and traditional wired HART and H1 all working together in a single system. Since these technologies are all being adopted into the open architecture of fieldbus, it also gives the user the added assurance of scalability for integrating future wired & wireless standards.
Be sure to check out the photos we posted from the event on our Flickr page:
The Fieldbus Foundation also hosted a press conference on November 6 2013 to the local media about updates that have happened with ROM since our official announcement at the show in 2012. Speakers at this conference included the President & CEO of the Fieldbus Foundation, Mr. Richard Timoney, as well as VP of Asia Pacific Operations, Mr. Hisashi Sasajima.
As a marketing professional with the Fieldbus Foundation, I get the opportunity to host and participate in events across the world. Every now and again I get the pleasure of listening to a presentation that breaks through the mundane and challenges the all too often heavily laced technical mumbo jumbo presentations that Process Automation folks are used to hearing. One such presentation, it turns out, comes directly from our very own End User Seminars that the Fieldbus Foundation hosts in North America.
Michael Clark, the President and Chief Consultant for BusCorp, took it upon himself to put together a presentation that would make fieldbus simple for users to understand. As someone who has gone into many meetings with users wanting to upgrade their aging automation systems, he’s well aware of the “unwashed” user that wants the great new features and capabilities technology has unlocked over the last decade (or 2 or 3 decades for many of these sites), but doesn’t know the first thing about installing/using it. The problem of course is that change upsets the norm. That makes people hesitant and worried. They fear the unknown and are uncertain of the outcome. Throw in some technical complications into the mix, and you’ve quickly got a back peddling user worried whether he/she made the right decision.
How could he make things simple to understand? Not just for the user installing it, but for the build/modernization crew? His presentation challenges the notion that just because something can be done, doesn’t mean it should be done. Why not make things so simple that there is no worry about whether it could be done? Engineers like to call that Certainty of Outcome. As for Mr. Clark’s presentation, the message is what he dubs “Fence Me In”.
John Rezabek just did a write up on Mr. Clark’s presentation in his latest column on Control magazine. For those thirsting to be “fenced in”, be sure to read the write up here: bit.ly/1jqOQ2p
If you want to be sure to catch Mr. Clark’s presentation in person (trust me you do! It’s one of those that doesn’t translate nearly as well on paper) be sure you attend one of our 2014 fieldbus seminars. This year we’ll be in Calgary, AB Canada, Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX. You can find more information on those events as it gets released by going to our Events section.
The Fieldbus Foundation has released the final specification for integration of ISA100.11a wireless field devices into its Foundation for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology. Unlike solutions limited to a single network standard, this development allows automation end users to employ multiple wired and wireless protocols for greater flexibility and expandability.
Foundation for ROM will extend the capabilities of Foundation fieldbus to countless wired and wireless devices installed in some of the world’s harshest and most remote locations. This includes the implementation of a true predictive and proactive maintenance strategy for remote assets that could not previously support one. Foundation for ROM provides a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in applications ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, and even OEM skids.
With this release, the Fieldbus Foundation has finalized the remote I/O, wired HART® and WirelessHART®, and ISA100.11a portions of the Foundation for ROM specification. The technology integrates these protocols, along with H1 fieldbus, into the Foundation fieldbus managed infrastructure. Specifications for Modbus communications are in development that will enable Modbus devices such as wellhead flow meters and submersible pump controllers to be integrated in a similar way.
The new Foundation specification means that end users will be able to manage their ISA100.11a wireless devices just like Foundation fieldbus devices within the Foundation fieldbus infrastructure. The new specification includes parameters for ISA100.11a transducer blocks, providing the block application objects into which ISA100.11a variables may be mapped for access by other fieldbus devices. The transducer blocks also provide a mechanism to pass data to and from ISA100.11a devices directly from configuration or asset management hosts.
The Fieldbus Foundation’s director of technology development, Dave Glanzer, commented, “Our new specification will benefit end users who need to be able to interface ISA100.11a wireless devices to improve their integration with a control system and field devices. It also provides a networked method for an asset-managing host to access a large set of ISA100.11a devices for configuration and maintenance purposes.
“Experienced automation professionals in the process industries have taught us a lot about the implementation of fieldbus and how to make it better. We are driving the feedback from our dedicated end user customers, suppliers and engineering partners into a continuous improvement process to make the technology easier to use and implement in a wide range of applications.”
The Fieldbus Foundation’s ROM infrastructure provides a single source for data management, diagnostics, alarms and alerts, data quality control, control-in-the-field capability, and object-oriented block structure. Its High Speed Ethernet (HSE) TCP/IP protocol enables remote operations information to be communicated to the control system over any wired or wireless backhaul network utilizing the architecture model developed in a joint collaboration between the Fieldbus Foundation and the International Society for Automation (ISA) under the ISA100.15 Wireless Backhaul Networks Working Group.
To ensure interoperability, Foundation for ROM devices from multiple suppliers utilize Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and interoperability testing. This is essential to improve integration of critical functional areas, including machinery health monitoring, safety interlocks, fire & gas detection systems, and video surveillance.
For more information, please visit the Foundation for ROM page of the Fieldbus Foundation’s website at www.fieldbus.org.
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