Adventures in Fieldbus

Control’s Monthly Resource Guide. This Month We Cover Fieldbus Technology

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This article was printed in CONTROL's May 2009 edition.

Every month, Control’s editors take a specific product area, collect all the latest, significant tools we can find and present them here to make your job easier. If you know of any tools and resources we didn’t include, send them to wboyes@putman.net, and we’ll add them to the website.

HART APP GUIDE
HART Communication Foundation
512/794-0369
HART Application Guide is divided into four sections to provide an understanding of how the HART technology works, how to apply various features and specific examples of applications implemented by HART protocol users. These sections are Theory of Operation; Benefits of HART Communications; Getting the Most out of a HART System; and Industry Applications.

NETWORK SURGE PROTECTION
MTL
888/746-4685
Technical application notes cover a variety of network surge protection topics. Titles include Surge Protection for Local Area Networks; Lightning and Surge Protection for fieldbus systems; Surge Protection for Zone 0 locations; Surge Protection for Intrinsically Safe Systems.

FOUNDATION FIELDBUS TRAINING
Emerson Process Management
865/675-2400
PlantWeb University Engineering School offers courses designed to explain the differences between traditional analog and digital wiring and Foundation fieldbus. Courses include Foundation Fieldbus basics; common technical topics; network wiring and hardware; planning a project; and installation and checkout.

PROFIBUS INSTALLATION
Profibus
480/483-2456  
The Installation Guide, 2nd edition, is divided into three parts to support engineers working on the design, installation and commissioning of Profibus systems. It is supplemented by an interactive software package (web-based training) that will run on any PC and tells everything you need to know in an easy-to-understand format.

UNDERSTANDING FIELDBUS
Moore Industries-International
818/894-7111  
Introduction to Fieldbus talks about the differences between Profibus and Foundation fieldbus, FISCO vs. Entity intrinsically safe fieldbus systems, installing redundant segments and EDDL vs. FDT. A direct link to the PDF is at http://tinyurl.com/dz7pgq.

FIELDBUS COMPARISON CHART
Grid Connect
630/245-1445    
Fieldbus Comparison Chart gives background information, physical characteristics, transport mechanisms and performance of the major fieldbus systems. Background information includes fieldbus name, technology developer, year introduced, governing standard and openness. Performance information includes fieldbus name, network topology, physical media, maximum devices and maximum distance. 

PROFIBUS NETWORK SETUP
AutomationDirect
800/633-0405   
 “Think & Do Profibus Network Setup with the H0–PSCM” guide show how to set up a Think & Do Profibus network using HO-PSCM as a slave. Step by step it shows how to get a network started and set up for PC control through a series of slides showing software configuration. 

REGISTERED PRODUCTS
Fieldbus Foundation
512/794-8890       
 Fieldbus Foundation Registered Product Catalog lists all of the H1 and HSE devices carrying the official Foundation checkmark. It identifies products by manufacturer and device type and shows parameters such as function blocks, device description, etc.

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