Archive | October 2014

ISA108 Nearing Resolution of Comments on Part 1, Part 2 Work Beginning…

Committee Meeting & Timeline Update

The ISA108 Intelligent Device Management committee is meeting this week in Houston, TX at Yokogawa’s Sugar Land facility to rationalize comments on Part 1: Concepts & Terminology. Once resolution on the existing comments are complete, ISA108 will re-submit for a final round of comments to Part 1.

Also important at this week’s meeting, the group is beginning establishment of Part 2: Work Process Specifications. Part 2 will include the following subsections that require the establishment of working groups:

Part 2.1 – Configuration & Revision Management
Part 2.2 – Diagnostics Management
Part 2.3 – Procedure Management

All three of these parts are important elements in the Intelligent Device Management lifecycle. The group is currently looking for volunteers for all 3 of these sections. In addition to these 3 sections, there are proposals for Calibration Management and Valve Management. If there is enough support and volunteers, these subcommittees will be launched in conjunction with the other 3 parts. ISA108 encourages manufacturers, engineering partners and users to participate in the committee in order to offer guidance and knowledge on these subjects. For more information and to learn how to get connected today, visit

After Part 1 & 2 is complete, the committee intends to create a Part 3 Implementation Guide.

More on ISA108 Intelligent Device Management

The goals of the ISA108 Intelligent Device Management committee is to do the following simultaneously;

  • Reduce Unmanaged Risk
    • Improve Health, Safety, Environmental, and Operability Performance
    • Manage Complexity
    • Reduce Impact of Failures
  • Achieve Sustainability
    • Assure adequate Human, Financial, and Infrastructure Resources
    • Lower Maintenance Costs
    • Improve Return on Investment

The issue the industry users face today is that intelligent field devices are pervasive, but the diagnostics that provide big ROI are often left not utilized or they are being used, they aren’t being prioritized. ISA108 aims to meet this need by establishing a standard well defined set of work processes and procedures that guide the users of intelligent field devices on best practices.

By establishing good work processes and procedures through the establishment and use of ISA108, a user can expect to gain the following advantages;

  • Allows Maintenance on Devices that Actually Need Work, Only When They Need Work
  • Can Give Detailed Information on Problems Before a Field Visit
  • Can Significantly Reduce the Need for Periodic Testing
  • Can Reduce Impact on Operations by Advance Warning of Failure
    • A Significant but Underutilized Opportunity
    • Biggest Incentives on Control Valves

Barriers to obtaining full benefit from smart instrumentation is significant for many users because it requires a change in traditional engineering practices and a cultural change in for maintenance workers who are used to physically interacting with devices. There is also an element of management buy-in/ownership that will reduce these barriers and allow full benefit to be gained.

For a brief video on ISA108 that Control Engineering shot with Larry O’Brien, see our February blog post: Control Engineering Video on ISA108

Fieldbus Foundation Participates At The International Automation Congress (IAC) 2014 October 29-31

The Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) is pleased to be part of the International Automation Congress 2014 that will be held at Hotel Ramada Aquaworld, Budapest, Hungary, from 29th – 31st October, 2014.

The IAC will provide an international forum for professionals in the fields of process control, factory automation and related computer science, to share their latest research, development and applications experiences with participating manufacturers, developers, industry experts and end users.

IAC 2014 is the first congress to be organised as a joint event that brings together the annual Distributed Control Systems (DCS) symposium and the Factory Automation conference in Hungary, and will now take place every three years.

An extensive three-day conference programme includes a plenary session for all, followed by a parallel agenda for process control, factory automation and computer science fields. Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO, Richard J Timoney, will present a plenary lecture FOUNDATION fieldbus will make the use of digital fieldbus ‘as easy as 4-20mA’ – an overview and update of the progress of the Fieldbus Foundation’s Usability Initiative which aims to further simplify FOUNDATION fieldbus implementation, operation and maintenance and allow users to realise the full value of the technology.

Representatives from Fieldbus Foundation members companies will participate in the process control conference programme with a wide range of presentation topics including:

  • Remote I/O – Fieldbus Foundation technology: an instrumentation overview (Jürgen George, Pepperl+Fuchs)
  • Hazardous area remote I/O with enhanced diagnostics features acc. to NAMUR 107 (André Fritsch, R.Stahl)
  • Successful implementation and maintenance of FOUNDATION fieldbus projects (Bindert Douma, STC. B.V, NL)
  • FOUNDATION fieldbus technology diagnostics (Marian Bartal, Pepperl+Fuchs)

In addition to the conference and social programmes, there will be a table top exhibition adjacent to the lecture rooms. The FFCEEMC will be running live FOUNDATION technology demonstrations throughout the congress using demonstration units that feature host systems and devices from several different suppliers.

A FFCEEMC press conference and lunch will be held on Wednesday, 29th October, following the opening IAC 2014 press conference. Richard J Timoney, Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO, and Jürgen George, FFCEEMC Chairman, will provide an overview of the latest Fieldbus Foundation technology initiatives and also an update on the merger between the Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation to form a new single organisation, FieldComm Group.

Further information about all aspects of the IAC 2014 event and on-line registration is via

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.

FFBenelux Participating in World of Technology & Science Exhibition

If you’re in the Netherlands this week, you’ve likely heard of the World of Technology & Science Exhibition (WOTS) and may even be participating. For those that are unfamiliar with the exhibition, be sure to click on over to their website at

Be sure to visit the Fieldbus Foundation Benelux stand from September 30th until October 3rd.

The FF Benelux stand, with its theme “FF naar een hoger plan / FF to a higher level”, can be found in Hall 11, stand C064 and will presenting FOUNDATION fieldbus technology and its applications. Visitors will need to take care with drones flying overhead around the stand!

The World of Science & Technology exhibition brings together the World of Automation, the World of Laboratory, the World of Electronics and the World of Motion & Drives together in a single location and is organised by the Dutch federation of Drives & Automation (FEDA) and the Dutch federation of technology branches (FHI).

For free registration and more information go to the WOTS website:

Visit the FF Benelux webpages


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