The Fieldbus Foundation joined the FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) and the OPC Foundation, to host the co-sponsored Field Communication Lounge at this year's Hannover Fair, Germany, from April 8-12, 2013.
With its theme, "See, Learn, Compare, Implement", the aim of the Field Communication Lounge was to create a single area for visitors to see and experience the latest in field communication technologies and discuss how these technologies work together to deliver powerful results to improve plant operations, performance and a company's profitability. The Lounge's combined exhibit concept better aligns with the way in which users often integrate field communication technologies at their own facilities. Visitors to the fair had a central location to discuss and compare the leading automation communication protocols - their advantages, their applications, their integration, and how they can work together.
One key feature of the 570m² Field Communication Lounge was a common display area in which the organizations exhibited their individual process and factory automation communication technologies in dedicated technology kiosks.
The Lounge also featured a common presentation forum in which experts from the five host organizations presented the latest field device communication technology solutions during a series of technical and educational presentations held throughout each day.
Fatih Denizer, chairman – Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee, welcomed visitors to the Field Communication Lounge. "This collaborative concept by leading technology organizations was first introduced at the 2011 Hannover Fair. We received so much positive feedback from show visitors that it was clear that we would adopt the Field Communication Lounge concept again for the major shows in Germany". He continued, "At the Field Communication Lounge, so many well known suppliers of advanced plant communications technology are just a few steps apart so that with just a short stand-tour, visitors can gain a comprehensive overview of the latest developments, make comparisons and discuss integrated solutions with the experts on hand".
Fieldbus Foundation members participating in the Field Communication Lounge 2013 include: ABB, Beamex, Bürkert, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus International, Fluke, Heinrichs Messtechnik, Honeywell, Invensys, Mesco, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R.Stahl, Samson, Siemens, Yokogawa and more.