The SIS project was initiated by end users and approved by the Fieldbus Foundation's board of directors in Oct. 2002. Companies participating in the project include: ABB, BP, Chevron, Cooper Crouse-Hinds GmbH, DuPont, Emerson Process Management, E+H Process Solutions, ExxonMobil, Fieldbus Diagnostics, Fieldbus Inc., Flowserve, HIMA, Hirshmann, Honeywell, ICE-Pros Inc., Invensys/Triconex, Magnetrol, Metso Automation, MTL, Relcom, R&M Industrieservice, Rockwell Automation, Rotork Control Systems, Saudi Aramco, Shell Global Solutions, Smar, Softing, TopWorx, TÜV, Tyco/Westlock and Yokogawa.
The development team received TÜV approval of the overall system concept at the end of 2003. At a meeting hosted by Shell Global Solutions in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in March 2004, the team and external experts reviewed the initial specifications. Comments from the review were resolved and the team developed a top-level project plan for laboratory validation testing.
During the lab test phase, conducted at the R&M Industrieservice facility in Frankfurt, Germany, each prototype supplier independently implemented the foundation's safety instrumented systems specifications. The test team separately developed test cases and prepared expected test results.
According to the Fieldbus Foundation's director of technology development, David A. Glanzer, extensive laboratory testing and application analysis verified that the technology meets the needs of industrial end users, who regard these systems as critical to their overall plant operating strategy.
"TÜV Type Approval will help meet the growing worldwide demand for commercial, standards-based, safety instrumented system products incorporating FOUNDATION fieldbus technology," said Glanzer. "End users can now adopt the powerful diagnostics available with FOUNDATION fieldbus, and at the same time, maintain the protection in a SIL3 environment. No changes were required to the existing H1 protocol to add the safety instrumented systems protocol extensions, clearly indicating the value of the comprehensive, forward-thinking design of FOUNDATION technology."
DD developer toolkits are available
Fieldbus Foundation has released two powerful toolkits. AT-400 Device Description Tokenizer Toolkit Version 5.0 and AT-401 Device Description Services Toolkit Version 5.0 enable instrumentation manufacturers to read and generate the Device Description (DD) files necessary for distribution with a FOUNDATION fieldbus device, and take advantage of new Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) technology extensions in their fieldbus product development projects.
DD Tokenizer Toolkit 5.0 checks for syntax or logical errors in DD source files, converts DD source files into the DD binary file format, and issues error messages that help trace and correct errors. It interlocks redefinition of information imported from standard DDs, ensuring interoperability. It also fully supports enhanced EDDL language elements and includes the new DD Super Viewer that simplifies the device development process by providing access to the generated DD binary for testing and verification. DD Super Viewer supports direct rendering of the new extensions, including enhanced dialogs, images, graphs, and charts.
DD Services Toolkit 5.0 is a comprehensive source code library that makes it easy for controls suppliers to decode DD binaries and access DD information. Its source code library includes all of the FOUNDATION fieldbus standard blocks and delivers a consistent presentation of data for all devices to make it easier for a system supplier to develop DD based applications. Toolkit is compatible with DD binaries generated by the DD Tokenizer 4.x and 5.x. Compatibility with DD Tokenizer 4.x ensures continued support for the existing installed base of DDs while enabling support of the new language extensions in future devices.
Toolkits are available to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members. For more information, including pricing and specifications, e-mail email@example.com
Fieldbus Foundation 2006 General Assembly in Shanghai Feb. 28-Mar. 1
The agenda for the 2006 General Assembly is set. The theme of this year's event is Compliance, Confidence, Credibility. It will take place at the Ritz Carlton Portman Hotel in Shanghai, China, from February 28-March 1, and will address the needs of the expanding FOUNDATION fieldbus market in China and Asia/Pacific. End-user case study presentations, technical training workshops, and tabletop exhibitions will be included in the meeting.
The event will begin with a welcome reception the evening of Feb. 28. Keynote speakers will include: Huang BuYu, deputy chief engineer, SINOPEC Engineering Inc.; and Seah Ooi Kiat, head instrument engineer, Shell Petrochemicals. Huang and Seah will describe how FOUNDATION fieldbus technology allows for the implementation of modern, open, and interoperable plant automation strategies, and enables improved productivity and profitability in today's global industrial marketplace.
Ian Verhappen, chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation's End User Advisory Council (EUAC), will open the end-user program with a presentation on FOUNDATION fieldbus End User Councils (EUCs) around the world and their benefit to the automation user community.
End user presentations will describe FOUNDATION fieldbus installations at key facilities throughout China. Wu Guo Liang, executive consultant, IPMT, SECCO, will describe the use of FOUNDATION fieldbus on the world-class SECCO project.
Also on the agenda is a series of tutorial workshops by leading fieldbus technology experts. These include: "Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL)" by Stephen Mitschke, director of fieldbus products, Fieldbus Foundation, and "Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)" by Dave Glanzer, director of technology, Fieldbus Foundation. A Fieldbus Overview and a "High Speed Ethernet" workshop will also be given.
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Training schedule released
Workshops Include: Fieldbus Overview, Advanced Technical, DD Workshop, and Fieldbus Development for Project Managers. The training schedule follows:
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The Fieldbus Center at Lee College, a National Science Foundation (NSF) recognized and funded institution, will host an Instrumentation Education, Training and Development Conference (IETDC) Aug. 17-18, 2006, in Clear Lake, TX. The national event will address key issues in technology training and development for instrumentation personnel at all levels.
The first meeting of its kind, the IETDC will discuss the impact of training across the entire plant automation fieldfrom new digital technologies such as fieldbus to conventional instrumentation and process control systems.
According to Fieldbus Center Director Chuck Carter, the conference is a response to the growing shortage of personnel trained in the latest instrumentation technologies. "In the coming years," said Carter, "industrial manufacturers around the world will face a very significant and inevitable challenge: keeping pace with the accelerating retirement rate for today's experienced technicians and operators. The control and instrumentation field can only remain strong by enabling the education of tomorrow's workforce."
The IETDC program will examine the critical role of education and technology instruction in meeting the needs of plants, factories, research facilities, and related industries. Anyone involved with training the instrumentation workforce, from helpers to engineers, is encouraged to attend.
The Fieldbus Center is seeking input from the instrumentation industry on conference discussion topics, white papers, presenters, and sponsors. For more information, or to register for the event, contact Marsha Swimmer Tuha, operations specialist, Fieldbus Center at Lee College, at 832.556.4446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
World-class SECCO complex starts up
The complex produces 900,000 tons of ethylene and more than 2 million tons of other related petrochemical products annually for the plastics and synthetics industries. The ethylene cracker, SECCO's core plant, is the largest in China and one of the largest in the world.
Shanghai SECCO Petrochemicals Company chose FOUNDATION fieldbus technology because it gives personnel robust device, equipment, and process health information, regardless of their physical location. The company believes fieldbus' system self-diagnostic capabilities will support its plant optimization strategies by reducing maintenance time and cost and increasing operational uptime.
According to SECCO's Deputy Project Director, Jack Brinly, the FOUNDATION fieldbus-based control solution offered economical wiring, space savings, and faster commissioning. He said the technology provided the platform to collect, analyze, and share operations and diagnostics information among the 750 operations, engineering, and maintenance personnel staffing the SECCO site.
According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard J. Timoney, the SECCO project indicates that FOUNDATION fieldbus is a preferred technology for large-scale automation projects in the developing Far East and industries around the globe. "We are pleased that a major consortium such as SECCO analyzed available technologies and selected FOUNDATION fieldbus for use at one of the world's largest and most technically-advanced petrochemical facilities," he said, adding, "Like many other leading end users that have adopted FOUNDATION fieldbus, SECCO will find the technology is an enabler for greater manufacturing flexibility and productivity, improved asset utilization, higher quality products, and improved regulatory compliance. These advantages are the reason FOUNDATION fieldbus is known as the technology with a business purpose."
SECCO integrated and coordinated multiple suppliers on the project, enabling completion of the complexfrom bare ground to fully functional world-class facilityin 27 months, three months ahead of schedule. Startup of the ethylene cracker plant in March 2005 took 10 hours, 45 minutes, a world record, according to SECCO, for a project of this magnitude.
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Endress+Hauser introduces new transmitter
Transmitter is certified to ITK 4.61 and has Link Master functionality. It offers three analog input blocks, a PID block, and an input selector block. Before it was released, the product was successfully integrated and tested in several major control and asset management systems in Endress+Hauser's fieldbus laboratory.
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MooreHawke advances I.S. fieldbus applications
Modern digital systems allow more exact control, improving process management and industrial automation. However, in the hazardous environments often found in chemical, pharmaceutical, plastics, and petroleum plants, communication protocols such as FOUNDATION fieldbus initially fell short when intrinsically safe (I.S.) techniques were required.
The Entity Concept allowed 80 mA through the I.S. barrier-enough to drive four FOUNDATION fieldbus or Profibus PA devices at an average draw of 20 mA per PLC, sensor, or transmitter. Then FISCO, developed in the late 1990s, made more current available in hazardous locations (115 mA in worst-case areas) to comfortably drive five devices. However, I&C engineers needed more PLC and sensor devices to improve process management at their plants.
The split-architecture solution: FISCO's capacity barrier was recently surpassed by a novel split-architecture design that uses a field-mounted device coupler and an associated power supply with a safe-area interface.
The new technology developed by engineers at MooreHawke meets total resistance requirements with a split resistance approach. A small resistor is used in the I.S. interface and a larger resistor is placed in the field device coupler. The small (trunk) resistor "sees" a large current (sum of all devices) but only generates a small voltage drop. The larger (spur) resistor detects a small current (single device) but also only generates a small voltage drop. As a result, hazardous area and non-hazardous installations are virtually indistinguishable.
For more information, contact Moore Industries-International, Inc., 16650 Schoenborn St., North Hills, CA 91343, 818-894-7111, or click here to visit the company Web site.
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