Answering the need for Fieldbus

This exclusive piece from the Fieldbus Foundation gives a general overview of Fieldbus technology and how it can help you in your plant.

By Joe Conklin, Fieldbus Foundation

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Listening to the end user
We are listening, an independent end user asscociation working with Foundation fieldbus works in an advocate for the end user and together we have accomplished many noble goals and are experiencing levels of success only discussed in loose conversations 4 or 5 years ago. Many of your customers are finding Foundation fieldbus products serving in high reliability configurations and meeting end user appetites for increased OP Ex capabilities Together we have created demand for complete solutions to global sized issues.

The global contributions of many global industry leaders and technologists collectively created what you know as the Foundation fieldbus technology. Our technology inexorably moves forward meeting the end users needs by evolving, improving, and opening new frontiers to opportunities. Our open Foundation fieldbus technology is built for business use as a scientifically sound, effective and technically astute design. Foundation fieldbus integrated architecture provides for critical high speed integration features sought by end users as business driven answers for why and when to interconnect instrumentation and asset management systems together. Foundation fieldbus technology instrumentation heart of  global and critical installations ranging from multiple industry processing to off shore platforms and extreme temperature environments 24/7 . Foundation fieldbus competitors are now realizing the market value of effective process solutions and thus busy finding ways to match up with real and perceived needs.

You have experienced customers lately that are more willing to listen to your technology story indicating they are shopping around. Your experience demonstrates technical marketing requires listening to your customers. You have customers who have researched Ethernet, want Ethernet and use Ethernet in their corporation and are looking to you for solutions. The industry has moved forward and is more able to apply analysis, smart management and experiences of higher demand on ROI and on assets.

Give them the keys:

  • Bridge from the legacy approach
  • Unlock the potential
  • Full use paradigm
  • You own the hardware

Although we now have 9 registered HSE Linking Devices, we still need more HSE products to meet higher speed challenges. Brownfield and green field facilities are planning for technology improvements. The development cycle of most suppliers ranges from 14 to 24 months indicating that availability and marketing of presently available solutions began at least fourteen months ago.

End users will begin to follow today’s market messages applying proposed solutions against known issues and challenges. An end user decision will result from the analysis of ROI and productivity. More solutions are winning the day with high speed and integration from the instrument level upwards through the management of systems and data organization. Participation in this market is a choice. Watching and waiting is almost as expensive as development and research. The only clear issue centers on where you wish to be as the market shifts to the HSE solutions – ahead of the curve or behind the curve.

From batch DCS and Hybrid Batch to continuous digital process, FOUNDATION fieldbus provides real answers to business questions.

Control in the Field gets diploma, graduates from the lab, moves out into the real world. “Control in the Field” applied to industry transfers.

With new concerns of impact on process control, many centralized control operations have begun evaluating cross industry approaches. When processing control is remote, precious seconds can expire as devices are polled to transmit data up stream to and from a legacy central DCS system. If the central computer system goes off line, “Control in the field” continues to operate as before, without interruption. You’re approved and documented processes choose how, when and why a process decision responds to production demands. Control in the field, a time proven and well documented technology, brings local process control back into your loop structure. If for any reason your control system malfunctions your clearly defined loop continues to process without error. When your central processing system comes back online the data can be analyzed without process impact saving time, money and maintaining quality.

Clinical trials use “Control in the field” why not in your process control systems?

Let’s take a lesson from the other industries, who have blazed the trail for us.

Energy companies and others have, for years, used control in the field in many applications ranging from process loops to steam production, boiler controls, process operations, chemical production and Oil Gas industries.

The application is not the type of cross industry transfer gloriously garnering the important focus we would place on Pharmaceuticals or Chemical processing accuracy and repeatability, but as we have observed the implications of this area make for a critically important process as a whole.

The industry model is referred to as “Control in the field”. This technology exists today, in many industries, running critical operations and making rapid decisions without requiring host interaction. Simplifying the event cycle down to a closed loop produces an environment where local process parameters drive the operation and control in a tight feedback mechanism. Data flows freely in and out of the process control system, and on an as needed basis, the process environment runs until a stimulus or condition drives an alert or action to or from an outside control system.

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