New edition of Foundation Fieldbus by Verhappen and Pereira

 I am pleased to report the publication of the 3rd edition of Foundation Fieldbus by Ian Verhappen and Augusto Pereira. This volume, which I have read in a pre-publication version, is expanded and improved, with new information published since the 2nd edition, and is vastly improved over the 1st edition...

ISA Publishes EDDL Standard

ISA NEWS RELEASE  The ISA-SP104 committee has completed adoption as an American National Standard of the generic electronic device description language (EDDL) specified by IEC 61804 for device integration. The committee has announced the publication of ANSI/ISA-61804-3 (104.00.01)-2007, Function Blocks (FB) for Process Control - Part 3: Electronic Device Description...

Austin is the Industrial Networking Capital of the World

Beware, HART and Fieldbus Foundation, you have a new neighbor in Austin...  EtherCAT Technology Group (ETG) Establishes First North American Office Austin, TX area is now home to the North American office of the largest Industrial Ethernet organization i...

More stop!

Carl Henning responded to my post about the Profibus newsletter. I am promoting it to the main blog: When I was a user of automation technology I wanted to know how the technology I chose was doing. I could be more certain of continuing support if I chose a successful technology.

Oh, for pity's sake, stop!

This came in from the recent Profibus newsletter: THE MOST SUCCESSFUL FIELDBUS IN HISTORY: PI, the umbrella organization of PROFIBUS and PROFINET, recently announced that PROFIBUS passed an important milestone in 2006. A further 3.4 million PROFIBUS-equipped devices were sold.

A Word from Ron Helson at HART

I asked Ron, after he shared some concerns with me about John Rezabek's column, "Users Driving the Bus" in our April issue, to write a letter to the editor and share those concerns with all of you.

The Caro Report: Dick on EDDL, FDT/DTM

From an email earlier this month, Dick Caro writes: I have written several articles on FDT/DTM. Originally, I was quite negative about this technology, but after being "educated" by several field instrument suppliers I have finally resolved the important differences between FDT/DTM and EDDL.

EDDL/FDT Group at Hanover Messe

FDT Group and EDDL Cooperation Team ReachAgreement to Develop Unified Solution for Device Integration  Hanover, Germany (17 Apr...