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Hannover Messe 2014 – Fieldbus Foundation Press Conference & Reception Monday 7th April, 2014, at 16.30 hrs

To mark the occasion of its 20th anniversary, the Fieldbus Foundation will be holding a press conference on the co-sponsored Field Communication Lounge, Hall 9, booth D68, at this year’s Hannover Messe, Germany, on Monday 7th April, 2014.

The press conference will start at 16.30hrs and will be followed by a reception at which several senior executives from Fieldbus Foundation member companies, including the world’s leading automation equipment suppliers, will be present and available for discussions.

The press conference will be hosted by Richard Timoney – Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO; Dr. Gunther Kegel – Chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation Board of Directors; and members of the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee.

Richard Timoney, will reflect on the past twenty years – the advancements of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus technology, the evolving process automation industry and the exciting opportunities for fieldbus technology in the future. Collaboration and integration between the various communications technologies and organisations continues to increase – an update of the key initiatives will be given.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee and its activities visit the German section of the Fieldbus Foundation website, or email

More information about the Field Communication Lounge at Hannover Messe 2014 can be found at

Lee College Workforce Exhibiting FOUNDATION Fieldbus

It has been some time since we last posted. Apologies are in order as we’ve been hard at work over here at the Fieldbus Foundation making it better and better for all of you guys. Keep the word usability in the back of your mind because it is an important message right now. Nonetheless, let us focus on the subject at hand.

A news piece was recently released by the Observer over in the Lake Houston area on an exhibit that Lee College will be participating at during the 30th annual ISA instrumentation trade show in Pasadena, TX. The trade show will be held from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Lee College workforce representatives will provide visitors with information on classes now being offered through the FOUNDATION Fieldbus Center. They will also have details about fieldbus staff, instructors and registration opportunities.

For those of you who do not know, Lee College is a member of our FOUNDATION Certified Training Program which is a prestigious program run by the Fieldbus Foundation in order to verify competency and robustness of FOUNDATION training at a particular education site. These sites meet very strict guidelines of vendor neutrality and ensure students get trained on the latest equipment and by the most intelligent competent people. If you’re in the Houston area for this show be darn sure you swing by and talk to the people over at Lee College (they know their stuff!).

Drop in to our FCTP section on our website to learn all there is to know about the FCTP program and to download a Whitepaper on what it means for these institutions to be certified under this program.

We wish the ISA Instrumentation Trade Show the best of luck and hope for a successful show. The industry needs continued participation and interest in our field and it’s great to see some of our own great partners involved in these activities!

You can see the original news story referenced by going here:


Fieldbus Foundation Co-Sponsors Field Communication Lounge at Hannover Messe 2014

The Fieldbus Foundation joins the FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute, OPC Foundation and PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International), to host the fourth co-sponsored Field Communication Lounge exhibit in Hall 9, booth D68, at one of the world’s largest automation trade shows, the 2014 Hannover Messe, Germany, from 7-11 April, 2014.

The Field Communication Lounge creates a single area for visitors to learn about and experience the latest in field communication and integration technologies and to discuss how these technologies work together to deliver powerful results to improve plant operations, safety, energy usage, compliance, quality, performance, and a company’s profitability!

The Lounge provides a common demonstration and display area in which the participating organisations and their members will showcase their individual process and factory automation communication and integration technologies. This combined exhibit concept better aligns with the way in which users often integrate field communication technologies at their own facilities.

Visitors to the Field Communication Lounge will have a central place to:

  • Discuss the leading automation communication protocols and integration technologies – their advantages, applications and their relevance in practice
  • See practical demonstrations of field communication and integration solutions including the FDI technology and the FDT standard that incorporates all networks as well as DTM and FDI configuration methods
  • Find new intelligent field devices, device configuration solutions, asset management and control solutions
  • Experience wireless and integration technologies that lower the cost of new measurements
  • Learn how the information in intelligent field devices can lower cost and improve plant performance

Fatih Denizer, chairman – Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee, is looking forward again to welcoming visitors to the Field Communication Lounge. “This joint concept by the leading technology organisations was first introduced at the 2011 Hannover Fair and has been adopted at each Hannover Fair since. As each year passes, a central pavilion for all the communication technologies makes more and more sense as integration and collaboration increases. The original core group of four partnering organisations has now increased to six!”

This year, 2014, marks the 20th anniversary of the Fieldbus Foundation and its FOUNDATION™ fieldbus digital process automation communications technology. During the Hannover Fair 2014, a press conference and reception, on Monday 7th April at 16.30 hrs on the Field Communication Lounge, will offer a forum for Richard Timoney, Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO, to reflect on the past twenty years – the advancements of fieldbus technology, the evolving process automation industry and the exciting opportunities for fieldbus technology in the future.

Timoney comments, “Twenty years ago the Fieldbus Foundation was launched by a group of visionaries who saw additional ways to advance approaches to solve application and control problems. At that time the various protocols were viewed in a competitive light but today we see those same protocols in one booth here at the Hannover Fair.” He continues, “Our industry since that time has recognised the complementary nature of the protocols as they relate to applications and control in ‘fit, form and function’. Not only do we share a common booth but we have also developed significant solutions through collaboration between the organisations for a single aim – such as standardisation of EDDL and the soon-to-be-released FDI solution that provides a common platform for device integration for the disparate protocols and approaches.”

The Fieldbus Foundation Technology Kiosk will feature devices and technology solutions from: ABB, Beamex, Bürkert, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Heinrich Messtechnik, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. Stahl, Samson, Softing and Yokogawa.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee and its activities visit the Fieldbus Foundation’s website, or email

More information about the Field Communication Lounge can be found at

FOUNDATION Fieldbus is the Process Industry Work Horse

It’s time we give Jim Montague over at Control Global a head nod for his recent coverage of the process fieldbuses. For those of you who have been following Jim’s writing you know he has been quite the advocate for Ethernet, but it is his most recent writings on the current state of the process industries that have been the most enlightening. “Okay, so it’s obvious that fieldbuses never went away. It turns out I was too focused on over-hyped technology trends and wasn’t paying enough attention to what was going on in the real world” said Jim.

In our current world of faster and faster processors, bigger and bigger hard drives and our unquenchable thirst to consume information, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest “sexy” new tech development that promises to be faster and better than the previous. Wireless was the sexiest new thing for a while until common sense kicked in and people started realizing that while it has some killer applications (large rotating equipment was one great example I heard), it doesn’t fit everywhere and frankly can’t be used everywhere. As with all technology, the market ultimately dictates where and how technology will be used and more often than not common sense applications drive implementation. This is the reason that Ethernet hasn’t yet grasped the process industry. It just wasn’t necessary. The killer application wasn’t there yet. FOUNDATION fieldbus’ HSE has seen slow adoption because prior to FOUNDATION for ROM, there wasn’t a strong value proposition since the increased speed alone wasn’t needed. (FOUNDATION for ROM certainly has changed the HSE landscape and a very strong value proposition exists now for HSE, but that’s a topic for another day.)

Unlike the internet service providers of the world who have to meet the demands of users streaming massive high definition video files, the process industry is a historically slow moving giant with slow moving networks. Why is that?  Simple, because faster networks have just not been needed. A “large” file in the world of FOUNDATION fieldbus is a DD download of something in the neighborhood of 2 MB. In fact, did you know that the average file size of a registered FOUNDATION fieldbus DD in 2012 was 640 KB? That’s right. Kilobytes. By comparison, the average file size for a single MP3 music file is somewhere in the ballpark of 6 MB. That’s almost 10 times larger than an average DD file. Despite the obvious sufficiency of “slow” speed fieldbus networks, Ethernet seemed to be the next “sexy” tech advancement where speed and common interface connectivity would take over the industry. Jim Montague, however, seemed to come to the realization that Ethernet may just be another big uproar that doesn’t have the strong footing it might otherwise want our industry to believe. After all, is Ethernet actually addressing a user’s needs or is it an advancement for the sake of advancement?

Jim’s take on it is that while there is a lot of media buzz going on right now about Ethernet, the true work horse of the process industries quietly lumbers along at 31.25 kbps picking up project win after project win all while meeting the needs of the user today and in future expansion projects.

Jump on over and read Jim’s article on Control Global’s website called “Fieldbus Protocols Support All Processes“.

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