Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus
This one-day, vendor-neutral course is designed for developers, end users, marketing professionals, applications engineers, system integrators, and others interested in obtaining a fundamental knowledge of FOUNDATION technology. Students will become familiar with the basic concepts and new terminology related to the FOUNDATION integrated architecture. The technology introduces new terminology that control personnel must be confident with if they intend to be successful. Students will learn key strategies for wiring and installing a fieldbus network. Special emphasis will be placed on design issues such as power requirements, device types, and topologies.
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Advanced Principles of FOUNDATION Fieldbus
This three-day, vendor-neutral course is designed for manufacturers and developers of FOUNDATION hardware and software. It is intended for development engineers, test engineers, and those who wish to understand the detailed, inner workings of a FOUNDATION device. The course covers major tools used by fieldbus device developers. Students will learn bus monitor basics and apply this tool in interactive exercises demonstrating fieldbus communications and the use of filters for network troubleshooting.
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Next stop for the Fieldbus Foundation's series of free educational seminars for 2007 is Long Beach, CA. Scheduled for May 3, 2007, the one-day instructional event for end users and engineering firms describes how FOUNDATION technology is "Changing the Playing Field" for industrial automation.
The seminar presentation and demonstration focuses on the FOUNDATION automation infrastructure: open scalable integration, process integrity, and business intelligence. Local end users will present case studies about their experiences with the technology.
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A two-day fieldbus conference organized by the Norwegian industry association for electrotechnology and automation (IFEA) offered end users, contractors, and suppliers the opportunity to listen to technical presentations and end-user experiences. The event was held at the Park Hotel in Sandefjord, Norway, March 21-22, 2007.
The seminar program included 15 speakers from suppliers of fieldbus systems and technology, as well as FOUNDATION technology end users. With a conference focus of "Fieldbus in Industry," the presentations considered several aspects of general fieldbus application experiences as well as such specific topics as fieldbus and safety systems, remote I/O, and wireless solutions.
Roger Highton, representing Fieldbus Foundation-EMEA Operations, spoke on "FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology expanding across the globe." The presentation looked at how several global companies have applied FOUNDATION technology based on the CAPEX savings potential and OPEX savings.
The 40 attendees also visited Pronova Biocare, a biotechnology plant in Sandefjord. Pronova Biocare has used FOUNDATION technology for several years, initially implementing a modest system, then following it with two large-scale installation projects. Engineers at the plant found the additional diagnostics information from the fieldbus system useful, particularly for demonstrating the causes of process problems to operators. Often a problem is assumed to be an instrumentation problem, when it is actually a process problem requiring a different action.
A dinner on the first night of the event provided a relaxed forum for discussions and the sharing of application experiences.
More information about the IFEA is available on its Website.
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Fieldbus Foundation Nederland, the Fieldbus Foundation's Dutch National Marketing Committee, is planning a series of late afternoon FOUNDATION technology seminars to be held in the region during April. The seminars will provide an introduction to FOUNDATION fieldbus and overview of the technology and its practical implementation. The presentations are free, and target end users and contractors considering the implementation of FOUNDATION fieldbus and those who may have more experience with the technology.
Three seminars are scheduled: April 18 at Hotel van der Valk, Stein; April 24 at Hotel van der Valk, Assen; and April 25 at Hotel Carlton Oasis, Spijkenisse. They will run from 4.00 to 7.30 p.m. and will include refreshment breaks. The Dutch marketing group anticipates the time of the seminars will prove very convenient for attendees.
The program will start with a short overview, including information about FOUNDATION technology, the Fieldbus Foundation organization, useful Websites, and information about further training.
The second part will look at the technical aspects of FOUNDATION fieldbus and how the technology addresses, and relates to, Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS), OPC applications, High Speed Ethernet (HSE), Field Device Tool/Device Type Management (FDT/DTM), Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL), and diagnostics in field instruments and host systems.
The third session takes the adoption of FOUNDATION technology further and demonstrates the CapEx and OpEx savings achievable through the implementation of fieldbus, as well as the overall benefits of improved diagnostics and integration with the plant enterprise.
The meeting will conclude with a Q&A session that gives attendees the opportunity to question experts in FOUNDATION technology and its implementation.
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For more information, visit the Dutch pages on the Fieldbus Foundation Website. Or e-mail email@example.com or telephone +31 (079) 353 13 49.
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The next series of UK end-user seminar will take place in the City of Manchester football stadium on Tuesday, May 22, 2007, the Fieldbus Foundation UK National Marketing Committee (FF UK NMC) announced recently.
The free seminar targets end users, contractors, specifiers, and implementers of FOUNDATION fieldbus and will provide material for new and experienced FOUNDATION technology users in a comprehensive program of presentations. Topics to be addressed include fieldbus economics and project control; the implementation of asset management; and the latest technical developments such as physical layer diagnostics, fault tolerant segment design, High Speed Ethernet (HSE), and device interoperability using enhanced Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL).
Material will have a strong end-user focus. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in question-and-answer-sessions that allow implementers of FOUNDATION technology to share and discuss installation experiences. A tour of the Manchester City grounds and facilities offered at this famous sports venue will be offered as well.
To register for the City of Manchester UK end-user seminar, e-mail: email@example.com or telephone 07710 638474.
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"Winning Strategies for Global Manufacturers," ARC Advisory Group's 15th annual forum will take place on June 25-27, 2007, in Boston, MA. The Dedham, MA-based manufacturing research and advisory firm's forum will address critical manufacturing business challenges through informative, focused sessions.
According to ARC, achieving winning performance has never been more difficult for manufacturing enterprises. Customer needs and regulatory requirements seem to change on a daily basis. Competitors aggressively attack markets with new products and raise the performance bar with innovative services and aggressive pricing. In this environment, agility and continuous improvement have become basic management tenets as manufacturers strive to maintain cost leadership and competitive advantage.
The ARC forum will describe how product design, plant design, operational excellence, asset management, and supply chain synchronization are all critical to enterprise performance. Manufacturers need to understand and exploit new strategies, technologies, and practices to keep up with competitors.
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Thanks in part to the successful implementation of Emerson Process Management's Ovation® expert control system, China's Zouxian Power Plant Unit 7 successfully completed its 168-hour performance test roughly nine months ahead of schedule. Completion of the test is a significant milestone for new plants coming online.
In early 2006, Emerson won a contract to install its PlantWeb® digital plant architecture with Ovation and FOUNDATION fieldbus technology at two new 1,000-MW ultra-supercritical units. The Zouxian Phase IV project 7 represents the first installation of FOUNDATION fieldbus device technology for monitoring and controlling processes at a power generation facility in China.
When Phase IV is completed, the Zouxian Power Plant, located in the Shangdong Province, is expected to be the largest coal-fired plant in China. Emerson's comprehensive control solution for Phase IV includes 64 redundant controllers, 24 Ovation workstations, AMS Suite asset management software, and more than 130 FOUNDATION fieldbus intelligent devices. The Ovation system will manage nearly 30,000 I/O points and provide data acquisition, control and monitoring of the boilers, and balance of plant processes.
For more information, visit the PlantWeb Website.
A new white paper from MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries-International Inc., explains in terms any engineer, technician, or operator can understand how fieldbus works. "Introduction to Fieldbus," a concise, 8-page bulletin, strips away jargon and confusing terminology. It covers:
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TrunkGuard fieldbus device coupler from MooreHawke, a division of Moore Industries, has passed tests confirming its short-circuit capabilities and demonstrating compatibility with Emerson Process Management's DeltaV FOUNDATION fieldbus systems under the worst possible conditions.
Testing was performed by Evaluation International, which said that the product continued to operate and maintain communications with the DeltaV system after multiple short circuits on spurs, temperatures from -40 to 70°C, and operation at voltage limits. "The DeltaV system showed no diagnostic error messages relating to repeated and multiple operation of TrunkGuard's spur short-circuit protection," reported Ian Ramsay-Connell of Evaluation International.
Scott Saunders, VP at Moore Industries, said the tests were conducted to prove that TrunkGuard performs as advertised. "We wanted an independent agency to confirm that the unique short-circuit protection in TrunkGuard passes interoperability tests," said Saunders.
Tests by Evaluation International confirm what MooreHawke has seen demonstrated during customer testing: When a spur is short-circuited, segment voltage actually increases because TrunkGuard removes the shorted device from the segment. This means that multiple short circuits on a segment cannot deprive other instruments of power and cause a complete segment failure, as with conventional device couplers.
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NI-FBUS Monitor, introduced by National Instruments, is a 32-bit Microsoft Windows application for monitoring traffic on FOUNDATION fieldbus networks. The product requires a National Instruments fieldbus interface device to connect to an H1 network.
With the NI-FBUS Monitor, users can selectively capture and view different types of data packets on the fieldbus. These packets are time-stamped and displayed in real time in an active packet view. NI-FBUS Monitor can display data packets in decoded format or in hexadecimal format. It also can filter out unwanted data packets at three levels: Fieldbus Data Link layer (FDL), Fieldbus Messaging Specification layer (FMS), or by fieldbus address.
The system diagnostics tool is also an invaluable tool for instrument vendors who are developing and debugging new device implementations.
Some features of the NI-FBUS Monitor include:
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DataCELL FOUNDATION fieldbus cable from Northwire Inc., a leading manufacturer of cable for industrial networking, is intended for H1 networks in rugged plant environments using networked process automation and control.
Northwire says it offers the only FOUNDATION fieldbus network cable rated for ITC/PLTC exposed-run (ER) applications. The feature lets users eliminate conduit when the cable is installed according to National Electrical Code (NEC) amendments. The NEC was changed recently to permit exposed-runs of certain ITC/PLTC. Metal-clad cable or conduit is no longer required, resulting in significant material and installation cost savings.
The DataCELL Field line includes more than a dozen FOUNDATION fieldbus cable versions, including arctic-rated H1 multi-rated for ITC/PLTC and marine shipboard. DataCELL cable complies with FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 specification for ISA SP-50 type "A." It is available in 18 AWG shielded twisted pair with a foil or braided shield, with or without ground wire, and multi-pair versions. PVC and TPU jackets are resistant to oil, sunlight, and water, and come in standard and custom colors/versions. DataCELL cable ships in 15 days or less direct from the factory and in bulk quantities of 1,000 ft. minimum.
Arrange for a free sample on the Northwire Website or call 877-210-9945.
Enabling an effective connection of intrinsically safe binary signals in a FOUNDATION fieldbus environment, R. Stahl's new explosion-proof digital I/O coupler for the ISbus system ensures a direct and consistent integration of basic sensors and actors. The device is suitable for use in Zone 1 and Zone 2.
Besides eight channels for NAMUR specification or EN 60947-5-6 compliant Ex i input signals, four high-performance Ex i outputs are available. The coupler can be used to connect proximity switches, contacts, indicator lights, and, most notably, a wide range of magnetic valves. Up to four Ex i magnetic valves, including two position feedback signals each, can be directly integrated into a FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 network. Extensive function block support ensures that such solutions benefit from powerful FOUNDATION technology features. The coupler provides not only DI, DO, MDI, and MDO functions, but also advanced functions such as AI for frequency signals; CI for counters; and AND, OR, and NOT operators for logical interconnections of inputs and outputs.
The Type 9413 coupler comes in a plastic or stainless steel enclosure. Wire breaks and short circuits are monitored on all channels and diagnostic messages are reported via the bus. Each output channel delivers a starting current of 30 mA, as well as 15 mA holding current during regular operation. Types with status LEDs for all single inputs and outputs, as well as the bus and power lines, are optionally available. R. Stahl supplies 2-wire or 4-wire models fed via the non-intrinsically fieldbus. The 4-wire coupler can also be used with a separate power supply on an intrinsically safe FISCO bus.
Learn more by visiting the R. Stahl Website.
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