Fieldbus Guide

Dec. 15, 2009
We've been covering Fieldbus at Control for years now, and a complete archive of our material is available here. See our fieldbus resources.

Here’s a selection of some of the best online fieldbus information on the site:

  • Crossing the Chasm
    Digital Fieldbus Networks Bridge the Gap from Field Devices to the Control Room


  • Shell's Long-Time Push for Fieldbus
    What's Next? Making Foundation Fieldbus Systems More Mature. Meaning, Making Them More Broadly Applicable in Projects
  • Wireless or Fieldbus?
    Is Wireless Easier to Integrate with Legacy Systems than Fieldbus? Since Wireless Emerged as Viable Option, Users Have Been Pleased to Find That Wireless Connects Easily with Their Old System
  • Armoring Up for Safety
    Eastman Chemical Uses FISCO and Advanced Diagnostics to Implement Intrinsically Safe Fieldbus in a Hazardous and Corrosive Environment
  • Using FDT Technology to Expedite Fieldbus Commissioning
    Users Embrace Advancements to Installation and Commissioning Practices with FDT Technology
  • Break Through: Fieldbus Protocols
    Fieldbus Protocols Continue Pushing into Mainstream Process Applications, and Innovative Users Are Forcing Their Network Infrastructures to Evolve Along with Them
  • How's Your Fieldbus Resume?
    What Kind of Qualifications Should You Be Displaying to Qualify for the Jobs That Are Available?
  • Better Fieldbus "Control in Field" Saves Time and Headaches
    Invensys' Charlie Piper Demonstrates New I/A Series Control System Capabilities
  • Simplifying Fieldbus Device Calibration
    Creative End Users Have Been Exploring the Use of 802.11 Wireless to Display their DCS Interface on a Wireless Laptop or Notebook PC
  • The One Network
    Our intrepid 'On the Bus' columnist joins the search for the single network standard for digitally integrated transmitters.
  • 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.
  • Fieldbus in biopharma applications, Part 2
    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.
  • 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.
  • Intrinsically safe Foundation fieldbus H1 networks
    This article provides you with the information needed to understand what is required to implement an intrinsically safe (IS) Foundation fieldbus H1 network in a classified hazardous area of your plant.
  • Fieldbus in hazardous areas
    Digital fieldbus networks have created new options for installing devices in hazardous areas by simplifying implementation of IS systems and avoiding explosion-proof enclosure conduit systems.
  • 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?
  • Digital fieldbus networks
    It's not so easy to deploy digital fieldbus networks in existing process plants. Working to upgrade from discrete and analog connections to digital fieldbus networks presents a host of options and challenges.
  • Practical fieldbus tools aid predictive maintenance
    Fieldbus instruments and wiring aren't always less expensive than traditional components, however, the true value of fieldbus technologies lies in improving maintenance staff productivity and in adopting predictive maintenance practices to increase uptime.


  • User's Guide to Calibration of Fieldbus Transmitters
    Although modern fieldbus transmitters have been improved compared to older transmitter models, that does not eliminate the need for calibration. Learn more about how a multi–functional calibrator can save time and money during commissioning and maintenance in a fieldbus plant.
  • Installing Fieldbus
    Many automation engineers are coming face to face with real fieldbus applications for the first time. Fieldbus is a technology with many benefits, but its installation requires considerations over and above normal 4–20mA projects. In this article, we will discuss some of those issues and show you how to deal with them.
  • Introduction to Fieldbus
    This concise white paper explains in terms any engineer, technician or operator can understand how fieldbus works. This includes the advantages of using fieldbus networks; the elements of fieldbus; how fieldbus instruments connect to a segment; creating fault-tolerant redundant fieldbus networks; and much more.
  • Advanced fieldbus diagnostics, without fieldbus
    This paper considers the features and benefits of an alternative performance supervision software approach to fieldbus diagnostics.
  • Fieldbus diagnostics, without fieldbus
    Digital fieldbuses are often justified on the basis of the benefits of advanced diagnostics. This paper investigates alternative technologies to capture diagnostics, without replacement of any field devices. The alternative method is field-proven and costs a fraction of the cost of fieldbus.
  • How to manage your fieldbus project
    This paper discusses the relationship and workflow, both internal and external, that an organization needs to follow to successfully manage and complete a fieldbus automation project.
  • New technologies move fieldbus into next generation
    The fieldbus industry has responded to the disparate or non-existent interfaces to control systems and configuration tools with the introduction of two new complementary technologies – FDT and Enhanced EDDL.

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