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HART Communication Foundation

9390 Research Blvd, Suite I-350
Austin
TX 78759
USA

Telephone : +1 512-794-0369
Web : www.hartcomm.org


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HART and Foundation organisations to merge as the FieldComm Group 09/09/2014
The members of HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation have approved a merger, proposed by their respective boards through a voting process that concluded on 30 August.   Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation set to create a new organisation 29/07/2014
The Boards of Directors of the Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation have announced their approval to unify the two Foundations into a new industry organisation dedicated to the needs of intelligent devices and their integration in the world of process automation. Full Story...

Recognising innovative use of of HART technology 15/07/2014
The HART Communication Foundation is currently seeking nominations for its annual HART Plant of the Year Award program and end users and manufacturers right across the globe are encouraged to nominate their plant or a customer’s plant for the award. Full Story...

HART Communication Protocol approved as China National Standard 03/06/2014
The HART Communication Foundation has announced that the HART Communication Protocol is now a China National Standard (GB/T 29910.1-6-2013) approved by the Standardization Administration of the China Industrial Department.  Full Story...

Building sustainable value through improved reliability 20/05/2014
The HART Plant of the Year award is presented annually by the HART Communication Foundation to end-user companies to recognise ingenuity in the application of the HART Communication Protocol. The latest winner is Dow Chemical’s Deer Park facility in the US, for its use of the smart diagnostics available through HART communication as part of a larger maintenance initiative. Full Story...

Moving forward to meet challenges 20/05/2014
Suzanne Gill reports on some of the trends and highlights that emerged from the 2014 Hannover Fair. Full Story...

Building a maintenance management program for valves 06/05/2014
Diagnostics from smart valve actuators using HART communication can save maintenance costs and improve plant reliability when used in a comprehensive maintenance management program, says Herman Storey, chief technology officer of Herman Storey Consulting. This is often the first big victory of a program. Full Story...

HART Communication adapts for the Internet world 15/04/2014
SUZANNE GILL finds out more about the benefits offered by HART-IP, which is the latest enhancement to the HART Protocol Specification. Full Story...

Industrial communication foundations discuss potential merger 01/10/2013
The Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation are entering into discussions about the potential for merging the two organisations into a single industry foundation, dedicated to the needs of intelligent device communications for process automation. Full Story...

HART - the next 20 years 03/09/2013
With the HART Communication Foundation celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Ted Masters, president and CEO at HART Communication Foundation, offers his views on how and why the HART protocol will stay relevant for the next 20 years. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

HART benefits the bottom line 28/05/2013
Implementing the right technical solution, the right way, can have a major impact on your profitability. A HART Plant of the Year Award recipient reveals keys to effective implementation and resulting financial benefits. Peter Welander, content manager for Control Engineering, reports. Full Story...

Monsanto Muscatine chemical plant named 2012 HART Plant of the Year 21/05/2013
The HART Communication Foundation has announced that the Monsanto chemical manufacturing plant located in Muscatine, Iowa, USA, has been given the 2012 HART Plant of the Year Award, which showcases end users who have demonstrated ingenuity in the application of HART Communication for real-time operational improvements. Full Story...

HART: benefits today and into the future 05/04/2013
Suzanne Gill finds out what the HART community believes are the real benefits of HART communication and how it can help to meet the industry needs of today and into the future. Full Story...

New president for HART Communication Foundation 26/03/2013
The HART Communication Foundation has appointed Ted Masters as president and CEO, succeeding Ron Helson, who has been the Foundation’s chief executive since 1993 and who will retire from his position as executive director. Full Story...

HART Communication Foundation celebrates 20th anniversary 12/03/2013
The HART Communication Foundation and its member companies are celebrating 20 years serving the process automation industry. To commemorate this milestone, it will be hosting a series of End User Events in Europe, North America and Asia throughout 2013. Full Story...

Yokogawa joins the HART board of directors 02/11/2012
Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that it will join the board of directors of the HART Communication Foundation. Full Story...

HART Communication Foundation opens office in Japan 24/10/2011
As part of an ongoing effort to meet the growing needs of industry users worldwide, the HART Communication Foundation has opened an office in Tokyo. Full Story...

Fieldbus organisations get together to provide simplified wireless communication 06/09/2011
In a bid to convince the process industry to make the best use of wireless communication technology, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI), Fieldbus Foundation (FF) and the HART Communication Foundation are currently working on the development of an architecture for a WirelessHART gateway. Full Story...

Independent study shows HART as a global leader 26/07/2011
According to a recent market study, undertaken by the ARC Advisory Group, 46% of all field devices installed worldwide at year-end 2010 communicate using the HART Communication Protocol. Full Story...

WirelessHART seminar dates in Europe 14/06/2011
A series of vendor-neutral seminars have been organised by the HART Communications Foundation. Full Story...

Nominees sought for 2011 HART Plant of the Year Award 26/04/2011
The HART Communication Foundation is now actively seeking nominees for the 10th annual HART Plant of the Year Award. Qualified end users and manufacturers from across the globe can enter their plant or customer’s plant for recognition. Full Story...

‘Get connected’ to the benefits of HART 7 22/02/2011
HART Communication has come a long way since its introduction over 20 years ago. The latest version brings a further host of innovative features, which users of older versions of the communication protocol may not be aware of. Suzanne Gill reports. Full Story...

2010 HART Plant of the Year 08/02/2011
The 2010 HART Plant of the Year 2010 is the MOL Danube Refinery near Budapest. The company is committed to the operation of a predictive maintenance system. In developing its long term strategy the application of devices based on HART technology have a major role to play. Full Story...

HART bolsters test system 21/09/2010
The HART Communication Foundation has announced improvements to its WirelessHART Test System. The new versions, Wireless Test System v1.4 and Wi-Analys Software v1.3., are designed to offer enhancements in test performance, tool usability and technician productivity. Full Story...

HART Communication Foundation awards Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. 12/01/2010
In giving the 2009 HART Plant of the Year, HART Communication Foundation said Mitsubishi Chemical's use of HART technology detects abnormal situations and failures before they affect the process. Full Story...

HART registration release is ‘crowning achievement’ 25/08/2009
The HART Communication Foundation has released the WirelessHART Device Registration Procedure document that outlines the testing and registration requirements for WirelessHART devices. The Foundation says the procedure is an integral part of the registration and will ensure device interoperability. Full Story...

Three power generators upgrade control, simulation platforms 08/05/2009
Combined-cycle, nuclear, and coal-fired plants each weigh options for system upgrades, seeking efficiency, lower costs. Full Story...

The Transparency of Wireless 23/04/2009
Wireless networking and device manufacturers have gone to great lengths to create products that are secure, easy to work with, and operationally indistinguishable from wired equivalents. Full Story...

Is HART 7 set to bring us ANOTHER KILLER APP? 11/03/2009
The stage is set for a major change in the way instruments communicate their values with control and asset management systems. With the debut of HART 7, the possibility is now open to collect signals through both wires and wireless systems, making data collection much simpler to organise and maintain. This may turn out to be the ‘killer application’ of the decade. Full Story...

The WirelessHART™ Communication Road Show 11/03/2009
The HART® Communication Foundation is in the process of expanding its educational programmes to include the new WirelessHART component of the HART Communication Protocol. Full Story...

A pipeline full of data—on a single wire 11/03/2009
Facing tightening environmental and regulatory requirements, a municipal water jurisdiction designed a first-case leak detection and monitoring system. HART® technology is key to cost-effectiveness. Full Story...

HART Plant of the Year: Heavy crude upgrader in Venezuela 11/03/2009
One of Venezuela’s major oil fields lies in its Orinoco River basin; however, crude from this field is extra-heavy and must undergo upgrading in one of several plants before refining. One of those plants, the Petropiar Mejorador (upgrader) in the José Antonio Anzoátegui industrial complex near Barcelona, Anzoátegui, Venezuela, has been named the 2008 HART Plant of the Year. Full Story...

Migration: IPS adds HART to its I/O modules 05/03/2009
Invensys Process Systems (IPS) now offers plug-in I/O modules for migrating an ABB Taylor Mod 300 distributed control system (DCS) to Foxboro DCS technology without replacing field wiring or terminations. This can reduce the cost and downtime associated with migrating ageing control systems to the latest generation of I/A Series distributed control and InFusion enterprise control systems. Full Story...

New podcast: Audio tutorial examines integration platforms, EDDL and FDT/DTM 26/01/2009
Competing platforms share much functionality but differ on implementation. Which is best for you? Full Story...

IPS in LNG plant upgrade 16/12/2008
Invensys Process Systems (IPS) is set to upgrade control and automation systems at a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal and regasification plant, under the terms of a recently awarded contract. Full Story...

New podcast: One road to wireless instrumentation 09/12/2008
Dr. Kris Pister, Dust Networks, discusses his journey to today's wireless mesh networking devices and offers a look ahead. Full Story...

Tutorial: Instrumentation / DCS integration languages, EDDL 24/11/2008
One of the tools that can help you get more from your instrumentation and other process control devices are integration languages, such as EDDL and FDT. Full Story...

Tutorial: Challenges of unlocking HART data 21/10/2008
The growing availability of devices to unlock HART data from instruments is causing new interest in putting this technology to work. That’s a good thing, but don’t be surprised if what you find is a little confusing. Full Story...

Why is lack of interoperability in wireless a concern in industrial applications? 17/10/2008
Syed Tauseef Ahmad, Frost and Sullivan’s research analyst for Industrial Automation and Process Control, Europe argues that suppliers need to offer wireless products that communicate with each other for the market to take off. Full Story...

IEC OKs WirelessHART 10/10/2008
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) named WirelessHART Communication Specification (HART 7.1) a Publicly Available Specification (IEC/PAS 62591Ed. 1) on September 19, 2008. For the IEC action, the National Committees of 29 countries participated in the approval ballot. WirelessHART Communication is the first industrial wireless communication technology to achieve this level of international recognition, according to HART Communication Foundation (HCF). Full Story...

Wireless buzz: IEC considers WirelessHART and new ISA courses 10/09/2008
The latest wireless buzz includes a WirelessHART submission to IEC and new courses from ISA. Details on each follow, along with a link to the Wireless Implementation Guide. Full Story...

ISA subcommittee heads for ‘single standard’ 02/06/2008
Options for convergence of the ISA100.11a and WirelessHART standards are to be discussed following the creation of a subcommittee by the ISA100 Standards Committee. The move is set to bolster the committee’s attempts to develop universal industrial wireless standards. Full Story...

Invensys scoops lucrative control contract 27/03/2008
Invensys Process Systems will provide an InFusion Enterprise Control System for a grass roots LDPE plant under the terms of a multi-million dollar contract awarded by Simon Carves. The control system is headed for PTT Polyethylene Company’s (PTT PE) plant to be built at the Padaeng industrial estate, Thailand. Full Story...

Temperature equipment goes north 25/03/2008
Statoil has installed over 1,000 RTDs (Resistant Thermometer Devices) for its first offshore development in the Barents Sea. The Snohvit project is the world’s most northerly liquefied natural gas facility and the RTDs, from ABB, will be used for measurement of process temperatures, loading and offloading monitoring, spill detection and environmental protection. Full Story...

Emerson takes ‘first’ orders for WirelessHART 25/03/2008
Emerson Process Management claims to be the first process automation supplier to begin taking orders for WirelessHART-enabled products. These are products based on the recently approved open standard, which specifies use of open wireless communications for process measurement and control applications. The products are available as part of the company’s Smart Wireless plant automation solutions portfolio. Full Story...

Why WirelessHART? 18/03/2008
The Right Standard at the Right Time Full Story...

Wireless avoids history’s mistakes 18/01/2008
Wireless providers and standards groups are moving forward rapidly and, perhaps surprisingly, seem to be working together. With potentially costly and damaging battles avoided, at least for now, Peter Welander, process industries editor of Control Engineering, reports on wireless today. Full Story...

StatoilHydro wins HART award 12/12/2007
A natural gas processing plant has won the 2007 HART Plant of the Year award in recognition of its “forward thinking and proactive approach”. Full Story...

Yokogawa’s PRM Version R3.02 04/12/2007
Yokogawa Electric has boosted its Plant Resource Manager (PRM), upgrading to version R3.02. PRM is a key component of the company's Asset Excellence initiative that integrates and manages maintenance information, monitors online conditions, and records historical data of assets ranging from field devices to plant equipment. Full Story...

Standards for Device Integration: EDDL 01/04/2007
In this article and in the following issue (June 2007) we will present in more detail the device integration technologies currently spread in the process industry: EDDL and FDT/DTM. Full Story...

Safety system aimed at SIL 2 applications 01/10/2006
By taking a careful look at the safety system market and available technology, one company has come up with a relatively low-cost solution for fire and gas, burner management, and emergency shut down applications. Full Story...

Measuring level, pressure, temperature without wires 01/10/2006
Wireless sensors are here, but the software, the infrastructure, and needed security are all lagging behind. Full Story...

Bridging the gap: Profinet for Process Automation 01/09/2006
After safety, factory automation, and drives and motion control, Profibus International is now ready to make Profinet available for process automation. Full Story...

Fieldbus into the future 01/02/2006
What are the prospects for the fieldbus market and how is this valuable technology developing to meet users’ needs? Full Story...

As fieldbus market narrows, user experience widens 01/02/2006
Confidence in fieldbuses is growing; many users say they are planning to implement projects in the near future. Full Story...