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2014 Fieldbus Foundation General Assembly Postponed

The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the postponement of its 2014 General Assembly in Rotterdam due to travel and security restrictions associated with the upcoming Global Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Originally planned for March 25-28, the Fieldbus Foundation’s global FOUNDATION™ fieldbus end user seminar will be rescheduled for the fall of this year somewhere in Europe (location pending), while its End User Advisory Council (EUAC) meeting and business meeting will be conducted electronically on the original dates of March 26 and March 28, respectively. The EUAC session will be the first in a series of such meetings to be held electronically this year.

Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney explained the change of plans: “We were recently advised that the global community will be holding a major nuclear summit in The Hague during the same week as our General Assembly. The Dutch government has announced the highest level of security protocol for all modes of transportation to, from and within the tri-city region of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. As such, it was necessary for us to cancel our end user conference, relocate our board meeting and conduct a WebEx business meeting for the membership, which is required annually.”

The Fieldbus Foundation’s General Assembly offers an overview of FOUNDATION fieldbus developments across the globe. It includes updates by leading fieldbus experts on the latest advancements in fieldbus technology, as well as presentations by major end users who have installed FOUNDATION fieldbus in their industrial operations.

For information, please visit the Events page on the Fieldbus Foundation’s website or call 512-794-8890.

FOUNDATION™ Technology Study Day – Aberdeen, Scotland, 21 May, 2013

Aberdeen, Scotland– 7 May, 2013 – The Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee (FFUKMC) is finalising its plans for the second of its 2013 schedule of end user events – a FOUNDATIONTechnology Study Day to be held in Aberdeen on Tuesday 21 May, 2013.
With a morning session focused on an introduction to FOUNDATIONtechnology, 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 10.00-12.00, will include an introduction to FOUNDATION technology and solutions, and an insight into the lifecycle economics of the system.
The afternoon session, from 14.00-16.00, 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 Foundationfor Remote Operations Management (F-ROM) and Foundationfor Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF).
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 is trying a 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 event in London allows everyone to gain high quality information whether it’s at an introductory level or an advanced level.” 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 21 May at the Yokogawa UK offices, Unit 33 Abercrombie Court, Arnhall Business Park, Westhill, Aberdeen AB32 6FE. Delegates are invited to register their names, company, email address and session preferences with the UK Committee, email: uk_info@fieldbus.org.
Additional FOUNDATIONTechnology Study Days are scheduled to be held at locations around the UK including the central belt and north of England.
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

Come See us at Hanover Fair in the Field Communication Lounge

The Fieldbus Foundation joins the FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, PI (Profibus and Profibus International) and the OPC Foundation, to host the second co-sponsored Field Communication Lounge in Hall 9, Booth D05, at this year’s Hannover Fair, Germany, from 23-27 April, 2012.

With its theme, “Bringing Field Communications together for YOU,” the aim of the Field Communication Lounge is to create a single area for visitors to see and experience the latest in field communication technologies and discuss how these technologies work together to deliver powerful results to improve plant operations, performance and a company’s profitability. The Lounge’s combined exhibit concept better aligns with the way in which users often integrate field communication technologies at their own facilities. Visitors to the fair will have a central location to discuss and compare the leading automation communication protocols – their advantages, their applications, their integration, and how they can work together.

One key feature of the 570m² Field Communication Lounge is the common display area in which the organizations will exhibit their individual process and factory automation communication technologies in dedicated technology kiosks.

The Fieldbus Foundation will use its technology kiosk to conduct live technology demonstrations using its multi-vendor systems to show the benefits of the technology across the plant lifecycle. The demonstration systems consist of several live Foundation fieldbus segments, featuring three DCS systems and numerous field devices and physical layer components. The fully functional set-up allows the demonstration of all situations which may occur during the installation, commissioning and operation of a real process plant. Diagnostics according to NAMUR recommendation NE107; Control in the Field (CIF), and performance under extreme conditions will be simulated; and the new DesignMate software planning and implementation tool will be utilized.

In addition to the five technology displays, member companies of each association have the opportunity to be featured on purpose-built company kiosks to present practical field communications solutions including field devices, configuration, control and asset management applications, wireless technology, integration products, and other solutions that deliver value and benefits to the enterprise today and in the future.

The Field Communication Lounge also features a common presentation forum in which experts from the five organizations will present the latest field device communication technology solutions during a series of 30-minute technical and educational presentations to be held daily from 10.30-16.00.

Thomas Kasten, chairman – Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee, is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Field Communication Lounge. “This collaborative concept by leading technology organizations was first introduced at the 2011 Hannover Fair. We received so much positive feedback from show visitors that it was clear that we would adopt the Field Communication Lounge concept again for the major shows in Germany during 2012 – and this year we welcome the addition of OPC Foundation to the group”. He continued, “At the Field Communication Lounge, so many well known suppliers of advanced plant communications technology are just a few steps apart so that with just a short stand-tour, visitors can gain a comprehensive overview of the latest developments, make comparisons and discuss integrated solutions with the experts on hand.”

Fieldbus Foundation members participating in the Field Communication Lounge include: ABB, APAT, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus International, Heinrichs Messtechnik, Honeywell, Invensys, Leoni, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell, R. Stahl, Siemens, Softing, Yokogawa and many more.The Field Communication Lounge exhibit will also be used at this year’s ACHEMA 2012, 18-22 June 2012, Frankfurt, Germany, located on Mezzanine Level 11 via B29.

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 and the presentation schedule can be found at www.fieldcommunicationlounge.com.

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