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Fieldbus Foundation to Participate in the 2014/2015 Hazardex Conference

The Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee (FFUKMC) will be a leading participant of the forthcoming Hazardex In The Regions conference and exhibition series 2014/2015 as an event sponsor, exhibitor and conference speaker. The first conference and exhibition will take place on October 8th 2014 at the Airport Thistle Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland.

HazardexThe Hazardex In The Regions conference and exhibition events are targeted at hazardous operations personnel in the process industries and will take place in locations convenient for the oil & gas, pharmaceutical, chemical, utilities, new energy and food & beverage industries.

Richard Barnes, chairman FFUKMC, will present a paper that addresses “The application of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus and the intelligent field towards improving safety in hazardous area process plant”. FOUNDATION fieldbus technology was designed for use within the process industry and the hardware specification has always had hazardous area implementation in mind. Richard Barnes will describe how the application of the technology works to reduce risk to workers and also increases productivity. The FOUNDATION fieldbus design and its application can steamline work procedures and increase the data available to make informed business decisions based on asset status and device degradation information. Additionally, FOUNDATION technology itself received protocol type approval for use in safety applications from TUV. More information on FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions can be found HERE.

The conference speaker programme will also include presentations from senior UK HSE and UKPIA staff. Full details of the conference programme can be found on the Hazardex In The Regions – Aberdeen webpages.

A table top exhibition in an adjoining area will offer all conference delegates and exhibition visitors the opportunity to view and discuss participants’ products and services with company and organisation representatives. The Fieldbus Foundation display will include a live FOUNDATION technology demonstration for a practical, hands-on understanding of the technology, its application and usability with a focus on supporting a FOUNDATION installation through asset management; device replacement; calibration and recommended maintenance practices.

In addition to the conference programme and exhibition, all pre-registered delegates will receive an information pack, refreshments and lunch. Guests of the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee are eligible for a 10% discount on the delegate rates by quoting promotional code ‘Fieldbus Foundation’ on the booking form. A booking form is attached, or visit the Hazardex – Aberdeen webpages.

Visitors unable to attend the whole day conference are invited to pre-register for an exhibition-only permit that allows free of charge entry to the exhibition only. Please see attached booking form.

The event will be held on Wednesday 8 October 2014 at the Airport Thistle Hotel, Argyll Road, Aberdeen, AB21 0AF. Tel: 0871 3769001/01224 793201. For directions, visit the Airport Thistle Aberdeen website.

In addition to the Aberdeen event, the Hazardex In The Regions UK series will also hold events in Central London (26 November 2014), Swansea (28 January 2015) and Ellesmere Port (25 February 2015). The FFUKMC will be participating in all UK events.

About the Fieldbus Foundation UK Marketing Committee

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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

Calgary Canada Shows it’s as Strong as Ever on Fieldbus

Success! The Fieldbus Foundation’s North American Marketing Committee participated in the first seminar of 2014 year in Calgary, AB Canada on June 5th and 6th.

The engineering offices of Fluor in Calgary started the successful week by hosting the Fieldbus Foundation for a lunch and learn for over 35 engineers from the Quarry Park and Sundance locations. The event was led by Talon Petty of the Fieldbus Foundation with subject experts Mike Clark – BusCorp, David Lancaster – Previously of Bechtel, and John Rezabek – Ashland Chemical. The event was very well received by the engineers who showed a strong understanding of FOUNDATION fieldbus, yet also a thirst for the latest information.

Mike Clark presented on the topic of what the Fieldbus Foundation dubs VirtualMarshalling. Mike’s presentation, titled “Why Make Marshalling Smarter, When You Can Eliminate It?” discusses the solutions available in the industry and how they each work from a schema perspective. Some folks often wonder how they can make marshalling smarter or more user friendly, but from the perspective of FOUNDATION fieldbus, electronic marshalling was eliminated the day FOUNDATION fieldbus was created. With FOUNDATION, the marshalling doesn’t require any hardware or software configuration changes, it’s simply all there. It’s done natively in FOUNDATION fieldbus. Devices simply tell the user what they have available, and the user configures the device as they see fit.

Dave Lancaster presented on the topic of Host/Device Selection. This very important step can often be under-evaluated because a few exciting device features sold a device to the user before he/she could properly understand its capabilities compared to it’s required use case in their application. Fully understanding a users application and needs, give the users the ability to make important selection choices, and when the user spends the extra time fully understanding the impact of his/her choices during the host/device selection, the project is more successful overall. Dave’s presentation offers key consideration points for users and engineers to think about during the selection phase.

A big thanks goes out to all of the engineers at Fluor that participated in the lunch and learn and the team there at Fluor that helped coordinate the activity.

The event on June 6th, hosted at Hotel Arts in downtown Calgary, was the 2nd event in as many days and was a smashing success with roughly 130 registered attendees for the day-long event. The event covers a full project lifecycle from infrastructure selection to maintenance and device replacement. You can read the full agenda here: Calgary Agenda.

Hosting some of the most knowledgeable FOUNDATION experts in North America, the seminar challenged some past notions and offered some helpful best practices based on years of experience. The 2014 seminar is all-new down to the demo system on display. In the past years, the demonstration units showed static devices on display, but in 2014 the new unit actually runs a live process during the event to fully immerse the audience and to illustrate how powerful FOUNDATION fieldbus is for process applications. One particular such instance is when we illustrate Control in the Field (CiF). After demonstrating the redundancy and robustness of the host system, a catastrophic failure is simulated via complete loss of the control system. Despite total loss of the DCS, the attendees see continued control of the process level application via CiF. To take it a step further, a dump valve is opened to show an immediate loss in level after which the valve goes full open and continues to maintain level even with this additional process disruption. It’s a powerful demonstration.

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2014 FF Seminar Demo Unit

There are 2 more seminars in North America currently scheduled for 2014. The locations are Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX (Sept 15-16 & Sept 17-18 respectively). If you’re in either of those areas be sure you sign up to attendee the new seminar, you won’t regret it! You can view additional information at http://fieldb.us/seminars-2014. Other global seminars can be found by going to http://www.fieldbus.org and browsing under the “Global” section of the website for specific regions.

Another big thanks goes out to all of our seminar sponsors that allow us to host these events free of charge to attendees. These guys have great FOUNDATION fieldbus solutions to showcase to attendees at each show.

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FOUNDATION Fieldbus is the Process Industry Work Horse

It’s time we give Jim Montague over at Control Global a head nod for his recent coverage of the process fieldbuses. For those of you who have been following Jim’s writing you know he has been quite the advocate for Ethernet, but it is his most recent writings on the current state of the process industries that have been the most enlightening. “Okay, so it’s obvious that fieldbuses never went away. It turns out I was too focused on over-hyped technology trends and wasn’t paying enough attention to what was going on in the real world” said Jim.

In our current world of faster and faster processors, bigger and bigger hard drives and our unquenchable thirst to consume information, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest “sexy” new tech development that promises to be faster and better than the previous. Wireless was the sexiest new thing for a while until common sense kicked in and people started realizing that while it has some killer applications (large rotating equipment was one great example I heard), it doesn’t fit everywhere and frankly can’t be used everywhere. As with all technology, the market ultimately dictates where and how technology will be used and more often than not common sense applications drive implementation. This is the reason that Ethernet hasn’t yet grasped the process industry. It just wasn’t necessary. The killer application wasn’t there yet. FOUNDATION fieldbus’ HSE has seen slow adoption because prior to FOUNDATION for ROM, there wasn’t a strong value proposition since the increased speed alone wasn’t needed. (FOUNDATION for ROM certainly has changed the HSE landscape and a very strong value proposition exists now for HSE, but that’s a topic for another day.)

Unlike the internet service providers of the world who have to meet the demands of users streaming massive high definition video files, the process industry is a historically slow moving giant with slow moving networks. Why is that?  Simple, because faster networks have just not been needed. A “large” file in the world of FOUNDATION fieldbus is a DD download of something in the neighborhood of 2 MB. In fact, did you know that the average file size of a registered FOUNDATION fieldbus DD in 2012 was 640 KB? That’s right. Kilobytes. By comparison, the average file size for a single MP3 music file is somewhere in the ballpark of 6 MB. That’s almost 10 times larger than an average DD file. Despite the obvious sufficiency of “slow” speed fieldbus networks, Ethernet seemed to be the next “sexy” tech advancement where speed and common interface connectivity would take over the industry. Jim Montague, however, seemed to come to the realization that Ethernet may just be another big uproar that doesn’t have the strong footing it might otherwise want our industry to believe. After all, is Ethernet actually addressing a user’s needs or is it an advancement for the sake of advancement?

Jim’s take on it is that while there is a lot of media buzz going on right now about Ethernet, the true work horse of the process industries quietly lumbers along at 31.25 kbps picking up project win after project win all while meeting the needs of the user today and in future expansion projects.

Jump on over and read Jim’s article on Control Global’s website called “Fieldbus Protocols Support All Processes“.

Control in the Field Helps Nicaragua Achieve Aggressive Renewable Energy Agenda

Control in the Field Helps Nicaragua Achieve Aggressive Renewable Energy Agenda

For those of you who haven’t caught it, Jim Montague recently posted a nice write up on an installation Softing took lead on in Nicaragua in order to help them achieve an aggressive renewable energy agenda. The write up was very well written and really hits on a lot of the value proposition that FOUNDATION fieldbus offers end users. Their particular application does an excellent job of utilizing Control in the Field in order to decentralize control over a large geographic area.

I don’t want to spoil too many details since Jim put in plenty of work on this writeup so be sure to click the link above to head over to control’s website to read the article!

You can also see Softing’s official write up on the project over on the Installations page of our website.

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