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Fieldbus Foundation

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Austin TX
78759-5316
United States

Telephone : +1 (512) 7948890
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Web : www.fieldbus.org


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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...

Enhancements to FOUNDATION technical specifications 20/06/2014
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the latest updates to the FOUNDATION fieldbus technical specifications. The specification updates (Version 2014.1) aim to further enhance FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) and the usability of FOUNDATION technology. 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...

Fieldbus Foundation 2014 General Assembly 28/01/2014
The Fieldbus Foundation is set to hold its 2014 General Assembly in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, on March 25-28. The annual event is open to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members, and will be attended by leading FOUNDATION fieldbus suppliers and end-users. Full Story...

Final specification for ISA100.11a released by the Fieldbus Foundation 14/01/2014
The Fieldbus Foundation has released the final specification for integration of ISA100.11a wireless field devices into its FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology. Unlike solutions limited to a single network standard, this development allows automation end-users to employ multiple wired and wireless protocols for greater flexibility and expandability. Full Story...

FOUNDATION usability enhancements – technical specifications launched 17/12/2013
The Fieldbus Foundation has launched the latest updates to the FOUNDATION fieldbus technical specifications, designed to enhance the usability of FOUNDATION technology, with the goal of making the digital fieldbus automation experience easier than conventional analogue control systems. 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...

Project Gemstone makes fieldbus experience easier and more application-centered 09/07/2013
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced a new technology development initiative - Project Gemstone – which is designed to make the digital fieldbus automation experience easier than conventional analogue control systems in every way – from device setup to device replacement and daily maintenance practices. Full Story...

Project Gemstone aims to make the fieldbus experience more application-centered 28/05/2013
The Fieldbus Foundation has introduced a new technology development initiative – Project Gemstone – with the goal of making the digital fieldbus automation experience easier than conventional analogue control systems in every way – from device setup to device replacement and daily maintenance practices. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation and ISA100 Wireless collaboration delivers backhaul architecture model 02/01/2013
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced approval of a backhaul architecture model, developed in collaboration with International Society of Automation standards committee ISA100, which provides a common framework enabling multiple industrial communication protocols to run over a shared wireless backhaul network in process automation systems. Full Story...

Ulrich Turck elected chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation EMEA 02/11/2012
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that Ulrich Turck, managing director of Hans Turck GmbH & Co. KG and Turck Holding GmbH, has been elected as chairman to its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) Executive Advisory Council (EAC) for the next annual term of office. Full Story...

FOUNDATION simplifies SIF product development and device management 26/10/2012
The Fieldbus Foundation has released an updated version of its FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) technical specifications. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation software tool simplifies planning, validation and documentation of segments 12/09/2012
The Fieldbus Foundation has updated its DesignMATE software tool – a software download that allows plant automation professionals to audit segment layouts. The updates cover DesignMATE’s library of registered devices, and revised terminology used within the software to align with current FOUNDATION fieldbus installations. Full Story...

Updated FOUNDATION Fieldbus device coupler test specification 14/08/2012
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the latest updates to the FOUNDATION fieldbus physical layer technology. Current enhancements to the H1 (31.25 kbit/sec) device coupler test specification are designed to improve the reliability and availability of fieldbus control system installations, as well as optimise device interoperability and integration. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation updates specifications for ROM 25/06/2012
The Fieldbus Foundation has introduced an updated version of its FOUNDATION technical specifications which addresses key elements of FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) technology. This will enable manufacturers to begin developing FOUNDATION for ROM devices. Specifications have been added for transducer blocks for both wired and WirelessHART devices. Full Story...

IEC Technical Report on EDDL is good news for automation users 10/04/2012
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced its support for a new IEC report that provides guidance to end users for selecting an industry-standard device integration technology encompassing all host systems, field instruments and device protocols. Full Story...

FOUNDATION fieldbus maintains process industry leadership 28/02/2012
A recent study, produced by US-based ARC Advisory Group, shows that FOUNDATION fieldbus has held on to its lead in the market for digital fieldbus communications for process industries. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation general assembly 2012 at São Paulo, Brazil 07/02/2012
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that its 2012 General Assembly is to be held from 6th to 8th March in São Paulo, Brazil. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation announces first H1 ITK 6.0 registered devices 20/12/2011
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that it has registered the first FOUNDATION fieldbus devices based on its H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) Version 6.0. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation issues Transducer Block Specification for Wired and WirelessHART devices 01/11/2011
The Fieldbus Foundation has issued a FOUNDATION Wireless and Remote I/O (WIO) preliminary specification addressing fieldbus transducer blocks for wired HART and WirelessHARTdevices, together with updates to the WIO System Architecture and WIO Data Structures related to the transducer block specification. 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...

Fieldbus foundation introduces blog 31/05/2011
The Fieldbus Foundation has established a new blog to address a range of issues affecting the world of FOUNDATION technology. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation announces wireless and remote progress 03/05/2011
The Fieldbus Foundation has recently announced the latest progress on its Wireless and Remote I/O (WIO) technology, including a suite of solutions to assist automation suppliers in developing WIO devices. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation General Assembly will be held in Mumbai 15/02/2011
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that its 2011 General Assembly will be held on March 9-10 in Mumbai, India, at the JW Marriott Hotel. Full Story...

Updated FF-SIF specification and development tools 20/12/2010
The Fieldbus Foundation has updated device development solutions for its FOUNDATION Fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF) technology. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts January 2010 21/01/2010
The Fieldbus Foundation is praising an expanded automation industry collaborative effort intended to accelerate deployment of Field Device Integration (FDI) technology. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts December 2009 14/01/2010
Important developments in FOUNDATION fieldbus technology in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, and in other areas of the world were the focus of a recent Fieldbus Foundation press briefing, held Nov. 25 at SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2009 in Nuremberg, Germany. Full Story...

BP backs Foundation fieldbus 13/10/2009
BP has selected MTL Instruments to supply redundant FISCO (Fieldbus Intrinsically Safe Concept) power supplies for an oilfield development in Angola, throwing its weight behind Foundation fieldbus and FISCO. The PSVM (Plutao, Saturno, Venus and Marte) development is in Angola’s offshore Block 31 oilfield. Full Story...

Fieldbus unveils updated test kits 22/09/2009
The Fieldbus Foundation has updated its H1 and HSE conformance and interoperability test kits for use by plant automation equipment suppliers. The updated test kits include the H1 Interoperability Test Kit (H1-ITK) 5.2.0 and High Speed Ethernet Conformance Test Kit (HSE-CTK) 2.0.1. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts June 2009 30/06/2009
Celebrated as one of the world’s largest refinery installations of FOUNDATION technology to date, the new Reliance Industries Ltd. complex in Jamnagar, Western India, Group is also India's largest private sector enterprise, with businesses in the energy and materials value chain. In this month’s issue of Fieldbus Facts Online, B.R. Mehta, the company’s senior vice president, takes an in-depth look at this remarkable project. Full Story...

Podcast: Strategy for Fieldbus Fault Tolerance 10/06/2009
Mike O'Neill, director of the MooreHawke division of Moore Industries, talks to Peter Welander about strategies for balancing costs and benefits of redundant fieldbus wiring to increase the reliability of critical segments. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts May 2009 22/05/2009
Four initial FOUNDATION fieldbus host systems from three manufacturers have passed the Fieldbus Foundation’s new Host Profile Registration Process. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts April 2009 30/04/2009
Two educational institutions are now offering certified fieldbus training. STC Brielle and the Fieldbus Center at Lee College have become the first worldwide to offer courses certified under the Fieldbus Foundation’s FOUNDATION Certified Training Program (FCTP). The program establishes uniform standards for a fieldbus educational curriculum around the globe, and defines acceptable levels of learning for students of the technology. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts March 2009 19/03/2009
A capacity crowd was on hand as the Fieldbus Foundation conducted its 2009 General Assembly March 4-5 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Yokohama, Japan. The audience included FOUNDATION fieldbus end users, suppliers, system integrators, engineering firms, and industry stakeholders from around the world. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts February 2009 26/02/2009
JGC Corp. executive Hideaki Miura will deliver the keynote address at the Fieldbus Foundation’s 2009 General Assembly. The event, to be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Yokohama, Japan, March 4-5, is expected to draw leading FOUNDATION fieldbus suppliers, end users, and industry participants from around the world. The gathering is open to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts January 2009 16/01/2009
The Yokohama, Japan, is the site for the Fieldbus Foundation’s 2009 General Assembly. The annual event will be held March 4-5 at the Pan Pacific Hotel and is open to Fieldbus Foundation members and non-members alike. Leading Foundation fieldbus suppliers, end users, and industry participants from around the world are expected to attend. 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...

Fieldbus Facts December 2008 15/12/2008
The Fieldbus Foundation joined with other automation industry standards organizations and a 'who’s who' of leading control equipment suppliers to demonstrate Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) at ISA Expo 2008, held in October in Houston. The multi-vendor demonstration confirmed the interoperability of EDDL technology and its conformance to NAMUR NE 105 requirements. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts November 2008 26/11/2008
An agreement between the Fieldbus Foundation and ISA will facilitate the implementation of wireless backhaul transport networks. The technology initiative is based on a shared interest to serve the needs of end users and suppliers of wireless systems in industrial automation. 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...

Fieldbus Facts October 2008 14/11/2008
The newly established Fieldbus Foundation Central and Eastern European Marketing Committee (FFCEEMC) will seek to increase awareness and adoption of FOUNDATION technology throughout the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region through end user-focused activities such as training, technical support, trade show participation, and seminars, the Fieldbus Foundation announced recently. Full Story...

Fieldbus Foundation Announces New FOUNDATION™ SIF White Paper 04/11/2008
The Fieldbus Foundation has announced a new white paper on FOUNDATION™ Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) is available from its website www.fieldbus.org. The paper describes the implications of FOUNDATION SIF (FF-SIF) technology for the global plant safety system market and end users. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts September 2008 10/10/2008
The newest member of the Fieldbus Foundation’s board of directors is Dr. Farshad Amir, technology manager of instrument and control systems for DuPont Engineering. Amir replaces Jim Porter, who is retiring from DuPont. Full Story...

Fieldbus Facts June 2008 16/09/2008
The Fieldbus Foundation successfully demonstrated its FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) technology on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at the Shell Global Solutions technology center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The SIF demo attracted process automation end users and equipment suppliers from around the world. Full Story...