ISA Expo 2006: Fieldbus Foundation announces certified provider, training programs


Austin, TX and Houston, TX —The launch of certified solution provider and training programs were among the announcements made by Fieldbus Foundation at ISA Expo 2006 in Houston last week. The organization also discussed release of its Device Description Integrated Development Environment (DD-IDE), unveil its new Website, and introduce new personnel.

Speaking to a sizeable turnout of media representatives, Rich Timoney, Fieldbus Foundation president and CEO, described the recent developments, noting that the provider program provides a strong incentive for automation developers to become involved with Foundation technology and that the training program will establish uniform standards for the fieldbus training curriculum.

FOUNDATION Certified Solution Provider Program (FCSP) is intended to encourage greater support for fieldbus device development in the automation industry and define an acceptable level of expertise for FOUNDATION-certified solution providers. The program, said Timoney, "will signal to the market that certain providers have met established criteria for knowledge and experience with the technology. This will be of great benefit to automation vendors seeking qualified assistance on fieldbus development projects."

The purpose of the FOUNDATION Certified Training Program (FCTP) is to define acceptable levels of learning for students of FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. Intended as a benefit to the industrial automation community, the program will give end-users a consistent understanding of fieldbus fundamentals regardless of geographical location. Educational institutions offering certified training will be listed on the foundation's Website.

In other news, the foundation announced the DD-IDE, which provides an application for developing, testing, and debugging device description (DD) files. It also launched a new initiative to develop a specification for standardizing the interface of remote I/O devices into the FOUNDATION architecture.

New to the organization are Bill Tatum, marketing manager, who will be responsible for strategic marketing initiatives promoting FOUNDATION technology, and John Rezabek, new chair of the End-User Advisory Council. Rezabek replaces Ian Verhappen.

Click here for more information on these developments on the re-designed Fieldbus Foundation Website.

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Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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