FieldComm Group representatives staged a series of successful events in the Asia-Pacific region during October and November 2016. Sponsored by the organization’s regional marketing groups, these activities demonstrated the strong interest in digital transformation throughout the global industrial sector.
FOUNDATION Fieldbus, HART, HART-IP, WirelessHART and FDI seminars were held in Pattaya, Thailand (Oct. 14); Osaka, Japan (Nov. 10); and Seoul, South Korea (Nov. 23). The technologies were also demonstrated at the 2016 JEMIMA M&C show in Osaka (Nov. 9-11).
FieldComm Group Director, Asia-Pacific, Hisashi Sasajima, praised the cooperation of the various marketing committees in arranging the event schedule. “The FieldComm Group has a unified marketing effort around the world, and this was evidenced by the work of our local groups in Asia-Pacific,” he said. “We are striving for greater integration and teamwork to better serve our respective markets.”
FieldComm Group Director, Marketing, Paul Sereiko was invited to tour the Asia-Pacific region and participate in the recent events. He believes there is a growing recognition of the value of digital innovation for process automation. “Industrial organizations in Japan, Korea, Singapore and other key locations are evolving to keep pace with the Industrial Internet and Industrie 4.0,” Sereiko said. “The explosion in data and new computing capabilities—along with advances in other areas such as human-machine interaction—are unleashing innovations that will change the nature of manufacturing itself.”
Sponsored by FieldComm Group Thailand Association (FCGTA), the Pattaya seminar had nearly 130 attendees representing diverse segments of Thailand’s process industries. Presentation topics ranged from digital transformation with wireless and growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), to valve diagnostics, fieldbus design and troubleshooting, simplified commissioning, and asset management for smart process devices. The seminar concluded with a speaker panel discussion.
FieldComm Group presented a joint technology exhibition in cooperation with the Japan Profibus Association at the JEMIMA M&C show. The theme of the exhibit was “Field Network Technology Supporting IIoT.” In addition to showcasing FOUNDATION Fieldbus, HART, HART-IP and WirelessHART solutions, booth displays explained how the FDI standard contributes to information integration through various communication technologies and introduces process automation to the IIoT era.
As part of the JEMIMA proceedings, FieldComm Group also presented a sponsored forum on digital transformation, conducted a technical seminar introducing FDI, held a Japan End User Council Meeting, and conducted a press conference for trade publication editors.
Sponsored by the FieldComm Group Korean Marketing Committee, the Seoul seminar attracted 200 attendees from a cross-section of Korean manufacturing. It featured two presentation tracks: FOUNDATION Fieldbus, and HART and WirelessHART. The presentations provided “hands-on” instruction and information specifically related to the individual technologies.
Following the Seoul seminar, Mr. Sasajima and Mr. Sereiko visited the Shell Prelude facility on Geoje Island, South Korea, where the Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) hull and topsides are under construction at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) shipyard. The FLNG facility is the largest of its kind in the world. It is expected to stay moored at the Prelude gas field for 25 years, and production is estimated at 3.6 mtpa of liquefied natural gas (LNG), 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for export.