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April 30, 2014

Sponsor: Azbil
Human-centered Automation
The Azbil Group provides its customers with timely solutions via an integrated structure that extends from planning and development to maintenance and service, capable of responding rapidly to customer needs. We supply the best solution, tailored to the customer’s needs, to building management, factories and plants process automation, and even down to life line, gas and water, measurements in residential area. Learn more.

News

Fieldbus Foundation Commemorates 20th Anniversary at Hannover Messe
The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press conference at Hannover Messe 2014, commemorated its 20th anniversary. As a not-for-profit trade organization dedicated to fieldbus technology, the foundation led the effort to develop an open, interoperable, international fieldbus protocol. The resulting technology—FOUNDATION fieldbus—changed the face of industrial automation. Read more »
 

Field Communication Lounge Attracts Attention at Hannover Messe 2014
The Fieldbus Foundation joined the FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute, OPC Foundation and PI (PROFIBUS and PROFINET International), in hosting the fourth annual Field Communication Lounge exhibit at 2014 Hannover Messe, Germany. One of the world's largest automation trade shows, Hannover Messe took place April 7-11, 2014, in Hannover, Germany. Read more »

Fieldbus Foundation and HCF Make Progress Towards Potential Merger
The Fieldbus Foundation announced significant progress in its discussions with the HART Communication Foundation (HFC) on the potential for merging the two organizations into a single industry foundation dedicated to the needs of intelligent device communications in the world of process automation. Preliminary evaluations support the combining of the two organizations and confirm that many synergies already exist. Read more »

FOUNDATION Developer Training Set for May in Frankfurt, Germany
Device developers may want assistance in implementing FOUNDATION technology in their instrumentation product line. That is why the Fieldbus Foundation established a complete Developer Training curriculum. Automation suppliers can put their fieldbus product development programs on the "fast track" by attending one of these informative courses. The next training session is scheduled for May 6-9 in Frankfurt, Germany. Read more »

Sponsor: Softing
Standalone Automation
Softing's FOUNDATION fieldbus Linking Device and Modbus Gateway promotes modern Control-in-the-Field strategies for improved operational performance, remote diagnostics, and asset management in the absence of the main control system. Learn more.

Technology

Availability of FDI Specification and Developer Tools Extended
The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press conference at Hannover Messe 2014, announced that the FDI Cooperation, LLC's Field Device Integration (FDI) specification and FDI developer toolkits are now available to beta test participants, enabling additional automation suppliers to prepare for developing products and host systems compatible with FDI. Read more »

Usability Initiative Enhances FOUNDATION Technical Specifications
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced a new initiative to enhance its open, non-proprietary FOUNDATION fieldbus technical specifications. As part of the Fieldbus Foundation Usability Initiative, new features to the technical specifications will improve the usability of FOUNDATION technology, with the ultimate goal of making the digital fieldbus automation experience easier than conventional analog control systems. Read more »

Sponsor: MooreHawke
Protect Segments from Spur Faults
MooreHawke TRUNKGUARD Device Couplers provides the industry's most advanced electronic and fully auto-resetting spur short-circuit protection that prevent segment failure caused by single device faults. Designed for General Purpose, Non-Incendive and Zone 2 applications, TRUNKGUARD Series 200 Device Couplers (TG200) enable fast and easy implementation of fieldbus systems by connecting multiple devices to a main fieldbus trunk in FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 and PROFIBUS PA networks. TG200 Device Couplers are available in models that handle four to 20 fieldbus devices. Learn more.
Sponsor: FCI
Put Gas Flow Measurement on the Bus
FCI's new ST100 Series gas flowmeters are the solution to deliver process gas flow measurement over FOUNDATION fieldbus for process control, plant productivity, leak detection, emissions monitoring and reporting, and more. The ST100 Series provides flow rate, totalized flow, temperature and optionally pressure measurement. It supports any air/gas application, including pure gases, mixed composition gases, dry or moist gases in lines from 1 to 100 inches (25 to 2500 mm). Learn more.

Technology

Latest Registered FOUNDATION Fieldbus Products
The number of FOUNDATION fieldbus products registered by the Fieldbus Foundation continues to grow. The Foundation is one of the only automation industry organizations with a registration program requiring mandatory testing of critical elements of its technology. The effort encompasses FOUNDATION fieldbus host systems and field devices and physical layer components such as power supplies and device couplers from all segments of the automation market. For a complete list of registered FOUNDATION fieldbus products, visit the Fieldbus Foundation website. To learn more about FOUNDATION fieldbus interoperability, download "Understanding Host Profile & Testing Registration," a complimentary white paper available on the Fieldbus Foundation website. Learn more »

New FOUNDATION Product News You Might Be Interested In:
  • Emerson Asset Management Software Reduces Device Commissioning Time
  • Endress+Hauser Analyzer Enhances Field Device Diagnostics for Maintenance
  • FCI's ST100 Gas Flowmeter Now SIL-Compliant
  • Cost-effective Bridge Between Devices and Honeywell Experion® PKS Orion
  • Phoenix Contact Delivers 6- and 12-spur Block Couplers
  • Rockwell Automation: PlantPAx Operator Faceplates Cuts Down on Time
  • R. STAHL: Power Management for More Reliable Fieldbus Installations
  • Softing Enables Rapid Realization of Simple FOUNDATION H1 Transmitters
  • Calendar

    FOUNDATION Certified Training Course to Be Conducted at Trine University
    Trine University offers FOUNDATION Certified Professional and Technical Specialist courses, both in hybrid format (online plus four days of hands-on training in the FOUNDATION fieldbus lab at Trine's Indianapolis Regional Campus), providing students with more time for hands-on learning and savings on expenses. Learn more »

    Ready for Expert Training? Go to Fieldbus Center at Lee College
    Now a part of the Lee College Center for Workforce and Community Development, the Fieldbus Center at Lee College includes a fully functional, multimillion-dollar pilot plant and several state-of-the-art MicroPlantsTM where students gain hands-on experience in building fieldbus segments. Learn more »

    Americas
    FOUNDATION Fieldbus End-User Seminar June 4-5, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    FOUNDATION Fieldbus End-User Seminar Sept. 15-16, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
    FOUNDATION Fieldbus End-User Seminar Sept. 17-18, Houston, Texas, USA

    Europe, Middle East, Africa
    FOUNDATION Fieldbus Developer Training May 6-9, Frankfurt, Germany
    FOUNDATION Fieldbus Study Day May 13, Stockport, UK
    FOUNDATION Fieldbus End-User Seminar May 13, Brno, Czech Republic
    Control Roadshow May 15, Manzini, Swaziland
    Control Roadshow June 3, Windhoek, Namibia
    Control Roadshow June 5, Walvis Bay, Namibia
    Control Roadshow Aug. 21, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

    Sponsors
    AzbilSoftingYokogawaEndress+Hauser
    ABBEmersonFCI
    HoneywellMoore IndustriesPepperl+Fuchs
    Phoenix ContactRockwell AutomationR. STAHL
    MicrocyberLee CollegeTrine University

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