Phoenix Contact and Flowserve join Open Integration program

13 December 2016

Endress+Hauser’s Open Integration Partner Program aims to mitigate risks when commissioning customer plant by ensuring that operators can easily integrate their devices and components into automation systems.The eight companies already in the programme -AUMA Riester, HIMA Paul Hildebrandt, Honeywell Process Solutions, Mitsubishi Electric, Pepperl+Fuchs, Rockwell Automation, R. STAHL and Schneider Electric - have been  joined by Phoenix Contact and Flowserve. 

Although today’s communication components are rigorously tested, there are still countless ways in which they can be combined and there is a residual risk that minor issues may appear when they are installed on site. According to Peter Rippen, director strategic alliances at Endress+Hauser, the Open Integration Partner Program, mitigates that risk. He said: “Users can benefit enormously from combining best of breed automation components to an optimal solution for their application.” 

The program partners go well beyond traditional testing methodologies by verifying the functionality of specific system architectures in a laboratory environment. “We ensure quick commissioning and start up and save customers resources, time and thus money,” explains Peter Rippen. “Everybody benefits, our customers as well as the automation suppliers as it is so much more efficient to discover any issues to be jointly solved before the equipment is being installed and commissioned in the customer’s plant.” 

Reference topologies are the key
The partner programme does this by defining reference topologies – exact combinations of automation products that are to be found in a particular industrial application or are favoured by a customer. The selected components are then installed in a control cabinet and the resulting system is commissioned and tested. All steps are documented and any issues can be quickly solved by the partners involved. 

After a successful test, the reference topology is published as a joint recommendation, giving customers concrete and successfully validated suggestions for automating their plant. To date four reference topologies have been published with several others in the pipeline. 

The two new partners bring with them differing automation know-how and broaden the product and solution ranges covered by the Open Integration Partner Program. “Phoenix Contact is an important partner in many projects and their system products are favored by a number of important customers,” explains Joerg Reinkensmeier, marketing manager Open Integration, at Endress+Hauser. 

“Flowserve also operates worldwide and their valves and pumps are often to be found working alongside Endress+Hauser measuring instruments.” A stronger partnership brings benefits to all parties, but customers in particular can now expect many more validated reference topologies that pave the way to quick and easy system integration. 

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