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I read with some bemusement the cries of protest railing against my "Fieldbus Jungle" articles (Industrial Networking, Q1 and Q2, 2011, www.controldesign.com/articles/2011/FieldbusJungleIN11Q1.html and www.controldesign.com/articles/2011/FieldbusJungleIN11Q2.html).
When I penned those articles, I knew that I could expect strong push back from individuals whose livelihoods are intertwined with the technology (Fieldbus instructors, salesman, etc.). What I did not expect was the large number of emails sent to me, thanking me for being one of the few people who wrote a balanced article about bus technology. That was very encouraging.
While I was willing to ignore the complaints the first time around, Mr. John Rezabek (a.k.a. "Chairman, Fieldbus Foundation End-User Advisory Council") felt obligated to repeatedly call me out by name for having the audacity to suggest that his beloved Foundation fieldbus was not the bastion of perfection his columns claimed it to be. In response, let me state a few simple facts:
I realize this is heresy, but the fact is that no technology is going to take over the process industry and utterly replace the installed base because the simple truth is that every technology is well-suited for some installations and poorly suited for others. The words of anyone suggesting otherwise should be regarded very carefully.
P. Hunter Vegas
Avid Solutions, Inc.
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