Halmstad, Sweden— AnyBus is a line of master modules for CANopen, ControlNet, InterBus, and Profibus networks. AnyBus provides OEM flexibility by allowing a user to plug any device into the fieldbus of preference. According to the company, AnyBus modules use a standard mechanical, electrical, and software interface to a customer application.
The Fieldbus Foundation (FF) announced June 12 that seven fieldbus devices have successfully completed its device registration process. The seven products passed interoperability tests and other requirements, and are now authorized to bear the Foundation's registration mark. FF issued registration certificates for: Rosemount Inc.
New self-learning software packages for industrial automation and process control, called LearnWARE, are being introduced in the U.K. by a new company called "fieldbus.com." The software was originally developed by software and training consultants P&L Automatik (Hassleholm, Sweden), which claims it registered 3,800 new users in Scandinavia in 1997.
"WorldFIP welcomes the IEC Committee of Action's unblocking of the situation on the proposed fieldbus data link layer," says John Beeston, WorldFIP's international communications director. "WorldFIP has always strongly supported actions leading toward a single IEC standard.
Profibus International and WorldFIP say they support the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Committee of Action recent vote to count a disputed ballot by the Brazilian national committee in favor of the proposed Data Link Layer (DLL) standards for IEC 61158.
A two-wire electromagnetic flowmeter—long sought for ease of installation and freedom from a power supply—become reality with an addition to the Bailey-Fischer & Porter (Warminster, Pa.) "COPA" line of magmeters.With global flow sensor sales running at $3.2 billion, and magmeters at 8% or $256 million of that, the company expects its 2-wire revolution to quickly capture th...
Many "open systems" are less open than they first appear, and this can increase users' integration, maintenance, and upgrade costs.Wonderware Corp.'s (Irvine, Calif.) new FactorySuite 2000 automation software requires no custom interfaces, has no integration costs, and has components that upgrade simultaneously, say company officials.
FieldComms U.K. organizers say they're moving their fieldbus-oriented conference and exhibition to the Telford Exhibit Centre on Oct. 28-29, 1998. The event has been held for the last three years at a hotel. Visitors to the 2.5 day event attend a tightly integrated program of conferences, tutorials, and workshops, as well as a small exhibition.
Kevin Jackson, Fisher-Rosemount's U.K. managing director, says his London-based company will have a "complete suite" of FOUNDATION Fieldbus products available in 1998, following "rigorous testing" in production processes. "We're looking forward to starting the real world business of introducing end users to the immense benefits of products on FOUNDATION Fieldbus pro...
I read with high interest your cover story in the January 1998 issue of Control Engineering ["Connect to the Benefits of Digital Industrial Networks," p. 48]. I was surprised you didn't mention the CAN in Automation (CiA) International Users and Manufacturers Group, the most successful fieldbus club.