Voices: Inside Fieldbus

Anyone watching your assets?

Every system benefits from having properly trained individuals examining diagnostics and error messages, but fieldbus has the power to free those savvy techs from tedious hours watching screens.

By John Rezabek

By John Rezabek, Contributing Editor

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Data dummies

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Many users and most suppliers to the industry see process availability as the big payout benefit of Foundation Fieldbus (FF) diagnostics—a good portion of it realized through data validation.

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Fieldbus technology expert Dick Caro predicts that as Ethernet-based control networks converge into the domain of fieldbus, there will eventually be a conflict between OPC/DX, FDT/DTM, and EDDL.

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Fieldbus in biopharma applications, Part 1

This article highlights issues associated with the installation of a multiple-fieldbus control system at a pharma processing facility and talks about its implications for handling an entire manufacturing suite.

07/14/2006

Fieldbus technology's next biggest hurdle

If you’re a skid or modular assembly manufacturer and want to differentiate yourself from the crowd, offering digital communications and fieldbus technology could be the ticket.

05/05/2006

HART Communication – Dispelling the Myths: Part II

This "special to the web" article is designed to increase your knowledge about the HART Field Communications Protocol. Find out its benefits and dispel the myths surrounding this powerful technology.

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Intrinsically safe fieldbus applications

This article takes a look at ways companies get around limited power and other hazardous environment barriers to connect more fieldbus devices using a technology that goes beyond FISCO.

11/22/2005

Is FDT good for fieldbus and device networks?

CONTROL’s Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Fieldbus Foundation User Group, looks at the latest battleground in the Fieldbus Wars. Is this Fieldbus Wars II or can FDT/DTM and EDDL work together?

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Justifying HART investments to management

In putting together a case for investing in HART technology, maintenance and operations departments need to stress to management the situations that won't occur as a result of using its capabilities.

08/30/2005

Keep the bus from slowing to a crawl

Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Foundation Fieldbus User Group and Vice President of Standards for ISA, offers his perspective and experience on the digital fieldbus network in this exclusive for DigitalField Insider.

08/31/2005

Largest Foundation fieldbus complex completed

SECCO’s petrochem process facility goes from bare ground to on line in 27 months using a main instrument vendor to engineer and implement automation and control systems, and manage its multiple suppliers.

11/10/2005

Networking data not for dummies

By using process variable (PV) and Status information only, you can effectively take a small sip from the fire hose of information available with today’s smart transmitters. Be careful you don’t get soaked!

03/14/2006

New maintenance strategy: Don’t break it!

CONTROL contributing editor and pioneering Foundation fieldbus user John Rezabek provides analysis and commentary on the ultimate preventive, predictive, proactive and preemptive maintenance strategy.

11/01/2006

Not jazzed about fieldbus? Try it

Columnist John Rezabek notes that most systems now have excellent engineering tools and allow easy integration of fieldbus devices, so there are ever-fewer excuses not to try some truly distributed control.

03/01/2007

On the bus: Design hurdles to fieldbus technology

Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Foundation Fieldbus User Group and Vice President of Standards for ISA, offers his perspective and experience on the digital fieldbus network in this exclusive for DigitalField Insider.

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Out here in the fieldbus

Ian Verhappen, Chair of the Foundation Fieldbus User Group and Vice President of Standards for ISA, offers his perspective and experience on what’s happening in the world of industrial fieldbus.

10/12/2005

Physical layer diagnostics: Part II

In this month’s installment of On the Bus, process control specialist John Rezabek summarizes the current and soon-to-be-released offerings of four of the leading suppliers of physical-layer hardware.

01/05/2007

Physical layer diagnostics: Who needs them?

In this month’s installment of On the Bus, process control specialist John Rezabek explains the difficulties of getting a quality installation of physical-layer hardware for fieldbus diagnostics.

12/11/2006

Show me the installations

End users are beginning to realize that it’s the maintenance and diagnostic information capabilities of devices that will provide the life cycle savings and justification for installing new fieldbus technologies.

06/07/2006

Still pondering whither fieldbus?

In this month's installment of On the Bus, Contributing Editor John Rezabek predicts HART devices will work so well that your career may be over before you can justify the cost to replace them with fieldbus.

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