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 http://www.fieldbus.org, or email germany@fieldbus.org.

More information about the Field Communication Lounge can be found at www.fieldcommunicationlounge.com

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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