Archive | April 2014

Calling all Czech Republicans! Fieldbus Seminar Headed Your Way May 13th

The Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) is pleased to invite you to attend a FOUNDATION™ technology end user seminar on Tuesday 13 May, 2014, from 09.30 – 16.00 at:

Hotel Myslivna Brno
Nad Pisárkami 276/1
623 00 – Brno-Kohoutovice
Czech Republic
PSČ 623 00
IČ: 29265720
Tel: +420 547 107 111
Fax: +420 547 107 707
http://www.hotelmyslivna.cz
Email: info@hotelmyslivna.cz

The event will be hosted by Mr Jozef Schulcz (Vice Chairman – FFCEEMC) and experts of the FFCEEMC who are delighted to welcome guest speakers Dr. Bindert Douma (certified FOUNDATION trainer – STC Group, Brielle, the Netherlands) and Mr József Subert (certified FOUNDATION trainer – University of Miskolc, Hungary). In addition to these FOUNDATION technology experts, end users are invited to share some personal project implementation experiences.

The comprehensive agenda of presentations and technology demonstrations will include:

• an introduction to the FFCEEMC
• an overview of FOUNDATION fieldbus – an automation infrastructure for operational excellence
• FOUNDATION fieldbus myths – and the reality!
• planning the fieldbus infrastructure (including explosion protection and safety instrumented functions)
• commissioning the hardware; implementing fieldbus projects; diagnostics and trouble-shooting
• an end user experience
• open discussion and question & answer session

In addition to the presentation programme, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss applications and suitable FOUNDATION solutions with representatives from several member companies during the breaks. There is no charge to attend this event and complimentary refreshments, buffet lunch and seminar materials will be provided. Every attendee will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the seminar.

The FFCEEMC includes representatives from major suppliers of control systems and instrumentation including Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, R.Stahl, Turck and Yokogawa.

For more information about the FFCEEMC, its activities in the Central & Eastern European region, and local language user resources, visit the FFCEEMC webpages.

Please register your attendance at the end user seminar no later than Friday 9 May, 2014, with Mr Jozef Schulcz, by emailing: jozef.schulcz@at.yokogawa.com or Mr. Jaroslav Suchan by e-mailing: jaroslav.suchan@at.yokogawa.com

We look forward to welcoming you to our seminar.

Upcoming FOUNDATION™ Technology Study Day – Stockport, 13 May, 2014 – Signup Today!

Stockport, UK – 14 April, 2014 – The Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee (FFUKMC) is finalising its plans for the first of its 2014 schedule of end user events – a FOUNDATION Technology Study Day to be held in Stockport on Tuesday 13 May, 2014.

With a morning session focused on an introduction to FOUNDATION technology, a lunch break with tabletop displays and additional presentations, and an afternoon session offering a more advanced programme, delegates will be able to tailor the day to suit their own requirements. Delegates may choose to attend either the morning or afternoon session or they are welcome to attend both. There is no charge to attend and the lunch and lunchtime sessions are open to all delegates.

Following registration and coffee, the morning session, from 10.00-12.30, will include an introduction to FOUNDATION technology and solutions, and an insight into the lifecycle economics of the system.

The afternoon session, from 13.30-16.00, will present a more in-depth programme of presentations and practical workshops with a focus on supporting a FOUNDATION installation through asset management; device replacement; calibration and recommended maintenance practices.

All registered attendees are invited to the complimentary lunch during which Fieldbus Foundation member companies will be available to discuss and demonstrate their FOUNDATION products and services.

Also available during the lunch break are update presentations on FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (F-ROM) and FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF).

New for the Stockport Study Day will be a round table discussion about the ‘Roles and Relationship of IT and Security” which is will be open to all attendees and will offer a forum to debate solution networking and data security issues.

Richard Barnes, chairman of the FFUKMC is looking forward to welcoming current or potential end users, system integrators, EPCs, and all personnel with an interest in FOUNDATION fieldbus systems or a need to gain an understanding of the technology. “The FFUKMC has tried and tested this new approach to its end user seminars – we understand the need for differing levels of information to suit individuals in differing roles within the process automation enterprise. The study day format which we adopted for our recent events in London, Aberdeen and Middlesbrough allows everyone to gain high quality information whether it’s at an introductory level or an advanced level. We’ve also listened to feedback from previous attendees and have introduced new topical elements into the agenda”. He continued, “There will also be several opportunities throughout the day for networking with other users and potential users, as well as industry experts and suppliers of the systems, devices and components that make up a FOUNDATION system.”

The event will be held on Tuesday 13 May at the Emerson Process Management offices, Arden Business Centre, Horsfield Way, Bredbury, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 2SU. Delegates are invited to register their names, company, email address and session preferences with the UK Committee, email: uk_info@fieldbus.org.

The FOUNDATION Technology Study Days will continue to be held at locations around the UK. The next scheduled event will be announced in due course. Visit the UK events page for more info.

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About the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee

The FFUKMC was formally established in 1999 to promote an increased awareness and adoption of FOUNDATION™ technology throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland through a range of end user focused activities including technology seminars and roadshows, technical demonstrations and support, and trade show and conference participation.

The FFUKMC membership now includes: ABB, Beamex, Beka Associates, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, MTL –Cooper Crouse-Hinds, Moore Industries, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, Rotork, R.Stahl, Smar, Turck, Vega and Yokogawa.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee and its activities in the UK and Ireland, visit the FFUKMC webpages of the Fieldbus Foundation’s website www.fieldbus.org, or email uk_info@fieldbus.org.

 

Discussions Between Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation Make Significant Progress Towards Potential Merger

HANNOVER, Germany, April 7, 2014 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the 2014 Hannover Messe, today announced significant progress in its discussions with the HART Communication Foundation on the potential for merging the two organisations into a single industry foundation dedicated to the needs of intelligent device communications in the world of process automation.

Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on September 25, 2013, study teams representing both organisations have been investigating the implications of a merger in terms of: the potential benefits to both end users and suppliers, the organisations themselves, and extensive and often common membership; the possible structures that a combined organisation could take and how it would be integrated; and the exploratory work with regard to due diligence in the financial and legal aspects.

Preliminary evaluations support the combining of the two organisations and confirm that many synergies already exist.

The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation have worked extensively together in the past and have a long history of cooperation. For example, the two organisations worked together on the development of common international standards such as Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and, most recently, the development of the Field Device Integration (FDI) specification. The merger offers significant potential to harmonise many aspects of the two protocols, making it easier for end users and suppliers to implement the technology and obtain the full benefits of each technology in plant operations and maintenance.

In particular, the harmonisation of the test and registration processes and procedures and the simplified and single access to a shared IP portfolio, would streamline product development, increase efficiencies, and reduce the suppliers’ cost to market.

The chairmen of the two organisations—Dr. Gunther Kegel of the Fieldbus Foundation and Mr. Mark Schumacher of the HART Communication Foundation—issued the following statement on behalf of their Boards of Directors:

“As we move forward with the evaluations, we are increasingly confident that a single organisation will offer significant benefits on all levels. End users would receive the combined power of the two complementary technologies providing a full solution that addresses every conceivable aspect of field communications and intelligent device management for the process industries. For suppliers, a single organisation would create efficiencies in resource utilisation, consistency of processes and procedures, and would deliver significant improvements in member services and support.”

Endorsed by the presidents of the two organisations, Richard J. Timoney of the Fieldbus Foundation and Ted Masters of the HART Communication Foundation, added: “As the study teams conclude their evaluations and due diligence considerations, they will present each board of directors with a report and recommendation. The boards then vote individually whether to proceed or not. Only if both boards vote to proceed will the proposal be put to the member vote in each organisation.”

They continued, “A final decision to merge the two organisations will be the result of a thorough and sound analysis and will represent a major step forward in the evolution of intelligent devices and the world of industrial communications. We look forward to concluding the study phase and eagerly await the outcome of the recommendations”

For more information, download our Frequently Asked Questions document, or contact the Fieldbus Foundation at +1 512.794.8890 or info@fieldbus.org.

PHOTOS: Check out some photos from the Field Communication Lounge and the 20th Anniversary Press Conference given by President & CEO of the Fieldbus Foundation, Rich Timoney. Click HERE.

About HART Communication Foundation

The HART Communication Foundation is the technology owner and standards organisation for the HART Communication Protocol. Founded in 1993, the Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, membership organisation providing support for the HART Communication technology and standards worldwide. The Foundation is supported by a global membership of more than 285 companies. For more information, visit their web site at www.hartcomm.org.

About the Fieldbus Foundation

The Fieldbus Foundation is a global not-for-profit corporation consisting of leading process end users and automation companies. Within the Fieldbus Foundation, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organisations work together to develop an automation infrastructure that allows you to view your process in high definition; manage information effectively; and optimise people, processes and technology. For more information, visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.

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