Pepperl+Fuchs module integrated with PlantWeb AMS Suite

Feb. 10, 2009

TWINSBURG, OHIO – Pepperl+Fuchs FieldConnex Advanced Diagnostic Module (ADM) is now fully integrated into Emerson Process Management’s PlantWeb AMS Suite. The ADM provides real-time monitoring of Foundation Fieldbus physical layer. The integration widens the scope of the PlantWeb digital plant architecture, enabling AMS Suite users to automatically commission fieldbus segments and effectively monitor and troubleshoot the fieldbus physical layer.
“The simplicity of the integration and availability of diagnostic information through  the embedded intelligence of Pepperl+Fuchs’ ADM is a real value-add for the people responsible for plant start-up and up-keep. The new AMS Snap-On Alert Adapter easily integrates the essential fieldbus physical layer status information. These diagnostics alert plant operations of a troubled fieldbus segment in real-time, significantly reducing the time to identify and repair a fieldbus problem MTTR,” says Kristen Barbour, Pepperl+Fuchs Fieldbus Product Manager. 
The ADM’s built-in segment monitor displays communication data for the entire segment and individual devices. Each value is clearly classified as excellent, good or out of spec. Reports, alarm lists and historical data can be exported for detailed analysis. The Diagnostic Manager even initiates alarm messages with appropriate resolution suggestions.

Within PlantWeb AMS Suite, all information can be displayed on the maintenance workstations. ADM’s monitoring capabilities deliver information into AMS Suite user interface, indicating changes in the fieldbus physical layer before they become critical. Should troubleshooting be necessary, the ADM includes a powerful fieldbus oscilloscope for in-depth analysis of network communication. Fieldbus-specific triggers allow tracing of complex or intermittent errors that would otherwise be hard to find.