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In the Fall 2012 edition, Fieldbus Foundation President, Rich Timoney, discusses Foundation for Remote Operations Management (ROM) as a key strategy for companies trying to become more competitive during these uncertain times for industry. Since Foundation for ROM works as an integrated engineering platform, it is capable of tying together many different types of networks into one cohesive system. Timoney says, “With this innovative solution, automation end users can seamlessly combine assets on all of their plant networks within Foundation technology to manage device data and information in a unified infrastructure specifically built for the requirements of remote applications — from oil & gas fields to water treatment facilities, offshore platforms, and even OEM skid-mounted equipment.” This is indeed an opportune time to realize the benefits of Foundation technology.

Here are some additional items you’ll find in this edition:


  • Following its introduction about a year ago, Foundation for ROM is now ready for a series of field demonstrations beginning with a group of global oil producers. The field demos will offer a look at the full functionality of the system, including wireless device integration, remote I/O integration, and wireless backhaul capabilities. These capabilities are becoming even more compelling to users as systems grow in complexity.


  • Companies reluctant to adopt Foundation fieldbus often cite its complexity and cost. Those that have been successful find it has just the opposite effect. With adequate training, users find it reduces engineering effort and cost during new construction and retrofit projects. Tools and training are available, but you have to do your homework.


  • The Foundation Development Services Provider (DSP) Program has qualified its first member company, Softing Industrial Automation. This program evaluates vendors to ensure that they have the capabilities, experience, and general know-how to support FF development projects. Qualified providers can streamline the certification process and ensure a better outcome.


  • Speaking of training, an increasing number of users and system integrators are discovering the benefits of Foundation fieldbus through the global technology seminar program. These hands-on seminar presentations are being held in major process industry locations around the world, and there is probably one near you. Check out the schedule. After hearing the presentations, you may find it’s easier than you thought.


  • The Fieldbus Foundation has released a major revision to its AG-181 System Engineering Guidelines. This is a big step since it represents the most comprehensive single resource containing best practices and recommendations for everything from designing segments to commissioning. It’s now been reformatted and reorganized to make it easier to read and access information.


  • One of the major advantages of Foundation fieldbus is its ability to communicate sophisticated device diagnostic information. Working with NAMUR, the foundation has developed a new method to present this data in a clearer and more uniform format that supports larger asset management programs and makes the information easier for operators to use. Here’s what the new NE107 guidelines can do for you.


  • You know the Fieldbus foundation registers devices, but did you know it also registers host systems? Host profile 61 and the other classes in the group cover everything from configuration tools to a full-scale DCS, and ensure that your systems incorporate all the functionality necessary to communicate seamlessly with all your field devices and segments. Make sure you understand what this registration means, and what systems can deliver that capability.


  • Keep up to date with the latest new device registrations released, and new products from Fieldbus Foundation members.


Click here to access the Fall 2012 Fieldbus Report.


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