Despite the appearance of digital fieldbus technology in plants, well-proven HART technology still has a viable long-term role, notes Ed Ladd of the HART Communication Foundation. He adds that industry consultants predict that HART easily will be supported and remain a significant communications technology for the next 20+ years.
Author: Ed T. Ladd, Jr., HART Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas
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