Fieldbus Foundation webcast debuts at noon on Jan. 31

Oak Brook, IL. - Fieldbus Foundation (FF, Austin, Tex.) reports the premier presentation of its web-based broadcast, "FOUNDATION fieldbus: An Open, Integrated Architecture for Information Integration," is planned for Jan. 31, 2002, at 12 noon in all time zones worldwide.

By Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief January 30, 2002

Oak Brook, IL. Fieldbus Foundation (FF, Austin, Tex.) reports the premier presentation of its web-based broadcast, ‘FOUNDATION fieldbus: An Open, Integrated Architecture for Information Integration,’ is planned for Jan. 31, 2002, at 12 noon in all time zones worldwide. The free-of-charge webcast will originate from the recently designated National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Digital and Fieldbus Technological Education at Lee College (Baytown, Tex.).

Viewable by a global audience of controls and instrumentation end-users, suppliers and integrators, FF’s webcast will be presented by Control Engineering and Cahners Business Information, and will explain the performance advantages, cost savings and business improvements provided by FOUNDATION fieldbus.

Richard Timoney, FF’s president and ceo, says the event’s location enables the foundation and member companies to present an up-close, ‘real world’ view of the plant optimization and enterprise integration strategies enabled by FOUNDATION fieldbus.

‘The National Science Foundation has recognized Lee College for its innovative programs that teach industry how to use state-of-the-art control network technology,’ says Mr. Timoney. ‘Located near the hub of U.S. petrochemical refining and oil and gas operations, Lee College offers a fully instrumented pilot plant facility that is ideal for demonstrating how FOUNDATION fieldbus improves manufacturing flexibility, productivity, product quality and regulatory compliance.

Moderated by Mark Hoske, Control Engineering magazine’s editor-in-chief, the webcast will describe FOUNDATION fieldbus’ open, fully integrated architecture, which is the basis for ‘sensor-to-boardroom’ data integration. Technology experts at the event will explain FOUNDATION fieldbus’ complete, complementary solution H1 fieldbus for continuous control, and COTS-based, 100-Mbps High-Speed Ethernet (HSE) for advanced process and discrete automation applications. By supporting device and subsystem interoperability, H1 and HSE are able to integrate critical data from the plant floor with higher-level business applications.

Leading control system and instrumentation manufacturers will also describe their companies’ FOUNDATION fieldbus solutions, and discuss implementation issues during the webcast.

Another key feature of the event will be a town hall-style meeting, with supplier representatives exchanging views on various aspects of the fieldbus project lifecycle. Other webcast topics will include:

  • Economic justifications for installing fieldbus;

  • Redundancy techniques;

  • Intrinsically-safe applications;

  • Critical control applications;

  • Configuration, engineering and design;

  • Integrated network solutions;

  • Process and factory floor integration;

  • System interoperability;

  • Device testing and registration; and more.

Also, major end-users will be present to describe their application experiences with FOUNDATION fieldbus. Register for the free webcast by clicking /webcast/archives/fieldbus.htm , where viewing requirements are also listed.

After registering and verifying viewing requiremetns, at noon or later in your time zone, go to /webcast/archives/fieldbus.htm to view the webcast, and follow directions there. Encore presentations can also be viewed through July from that web address immediately after noon on Jan. 31. Information from Fieldbus Foundation is available at https://www.fieldbus.org .