At last month’s Achema show I got the chance to participate in a series of panel discussions held jointly by ARC Advisory Group; end user organization NAMUR; and ZVEI. I participated in the Operational Excellence track, where we discussed the definition of Operational Excellence in today’s plants and what it takes to achieve OpX. Of course my side of the conversation focused on the diagnostic data and information available from fieldbus devices and how users can most effectively manage that information, both through technology and through revamping their old, traditional work processes. There is a nice blog post at ARC that sums up the discussion.
At our press conference at Achema yesterday, the Fieldbus Foundation announced the wired and WirelessHART portion of the ROM specification, which allows HART and WirelessHART® devices to be represented in transducer blocks in FOUNDATION fieldbus. This is the second of four major release phases in the ROM specification. The Remote I/O specification (RIO) specification was released last April. The next two phases to be released are the ISA 100.11a specification, which should be released by the end of the summer, and the HSE Wireless Backhaul network specification (release date to be determined).
The Fieldbus Foundation’s FOUNDATION for ROM initiative is intended to develop a unified digital infrastructure for asset management in remote applications ranging from tank farms and terminals to pipelines, offshore platforms, and even original equipment manufacturer (OEM) skids. The technology enables fieldbus connectivity to remote I/O and the leading industrial wireless protocols, including WirelessHART® and ISA 100.11a. It provides an interface to these wireless technologies and uses Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and function blocks to ensure interoperability with FOUNDATION for ROM devices.
Press Release: Fieldbus Foundation Updates Technical Specifications for Remote Operations Management
Our FOUNDATION for ROM display is up and running at the Achema show in Hall 11, on the “Via” level between the first and second floor, right near the NAMUR/ARC/ZVEI Automation Dialog forum. We invite you to come over and see what we are doing with FOUNDATION for ROM, including integration with WirelessHART, ISA 100.11a, wired HART, and conventional remote I/O. You can also see some of our supplier partners in the booth, including companies like FINT, APAT, Yokogawa, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Invensys, Honeywell, and more.
We also have a press release scheduled from 11-12 AM in the GRANAT room.
We just returned from a busy two weeks on the road, one of them spent at Hanover Fair in Germany where we participated in the Field Communication Lounge. Five foundations, including Fieldbus Foundation, FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation and Profibus International all shared a large booth to promote our message of digital field communications and information management. Fieldbus Foundation showcased our demonstration units that we use for our seminars in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. These are designed to be “hands on” demonstration units that allow users to find out for themselves that FOUNDATION fieldbus is easy to use. The three demonstration units include hosts from Emerson, Honeywell, and Endress+Hauser and devices from a wide range of suppliers. I also gave several presentations at Hanover highlighting our efforts in FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) and FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) technology.
|FOUNDATION Fieldbus Demo Units on Display at Hanover|
We will return to Germany in a few weeks to participate in the Field Communications Lounge at the Achema show in Frankfurt. Achema is the very big show that focuses on the German chemical industry. While Hanover’s focus seems to be leaning more toward factory automation, the Achema show is most definitely a process automaton affair.
Last week we were at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, which is one of our certified training centers under the FOUNDATION Certified Training Program (FCTP). Our purpose for being at Lee was to organize our demonstrations and presentations for our series of upcoming seminars in North America. Our first seminar will be in Calgary at the TELUS Convention Center on May 23rd. You can register online for the seminar here. We have made many changes this year and we welcome our new host system demonstration supplier Invensys Operations Management, as well as our returning demo suppliers Emerson Process Management and Yokogawa. Our full list of sponsors for the seminar is available here and includes Cobalt Process, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Invensys, MooreHawke, MTL/Cooper, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Stahl, Rockwell Automation, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Westlock, and Yokogawa.