Fieldbus Foundation: End user Podcast, host test kit released

Fieldbus Foundation released a podcast describing fieldbus user experiences in the process industries. In other news, the organization made available a Host Test Kit DD Application Test Module that tests functionality of a fieldbus host conformance with the Foundation Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST) profile specification.

09/17/2007


Austin, TX Fieldbus Foundation released a podcast describing fieldbus user experiences in the process industries. In other news, the organization made available a Host Test Kit DD Application Test Module that tests functionality of a fieldbus host conformance with the Foundation Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST) profile specification.

The podcast, “Changing the Playing Field with Foundation Technology ,” and hosted by Control Engineering magazine, concerns implementation of a fieldbus-based automation infrastructure that enables new levels of operational excellence. The podcast describes how Foundation fieldbus unifies open scalable integration, process integrity, and business intelligence as part of a single, plant-wide managed infrastructure.

Podcast interviews include:
City of Calgary , who discusses the city’s water treatment division and its construction of a world-class utility with a complex system of water and wastewater treatment plants, water mains, reservoirs, and pump stations;
• Chuck Hartshorn, Reichhold Inc ., who describes the evolution of Reichhold’s fieldbus installation, starting with a series of retrofit projects in the late 1990s, to an extensive control system and instrumentation upgrade completed in 2005;
• Denny Fetters, Croda , who recounts the replacement of a legacy distributed control system (DCS) with Foundation technology; and
• Doug Dalton, Memphis Zoo , who describes how intelligent motor control and digital fieldbus technologies were employed as part of an HVAC system used to control water and air quality in the zoo’s wildlife exhibit.
The Fieldbus Foundation podcast is sponsored by Emerson Process Management, MTL, Rockwell Automation, and Yokogawa.

In other news, Fieldbus Foundation , a powerful test kit driven by the Foundation’s End User Advisory Council (EUAC). It includes hardware and software for testing the functionality of a fieldbus host and its conformance with the Foundation Host Interoperability Support Test (HIST) profile specification.

Users benefit from improved host-to-device integration and suppliers benefit from standardized test requirements and test cases for all hosts within a profile tested to the same requirements. Standardized DD and CF files assure hosts can parse files and standardized test devices for all basic I/O function blocks and specialized test transducer blocks.

The kit and module are designed to validate host applications implementing DD Services 4.2 or greater, including DD Services 5.0 constructs such as charts, graphs, images and waveforms for visualization; files for persistent storage of functional parameter data; and grids for vector data visualization and manipulation.
The kit, developed in cooperation with the Foundation’s EUAC and System Integration and Maintenance team, was driven by users to bring about consistent interoperability between hosts and devices, regardless of host supplier. Specifications include profiles for functionally different hosts and the appropriate features that apply to each profile. Hosts successfully completing the test requirements will be authorized to bear the official Foundation fieldbus product registration symbol. The Foundation will continue to offer the current host interoperability support test through the end of 2007 when the existing HIST test is expected to be superseded by the new host registration program.

To purchase a licensed copy of the kit, e-mail member services at the organization

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