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Fundamentals & Foundation of Fieldbus Technology in Industrial Automation

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As Foundation fieldbus technology continues to grow among the end user community, technology updates with new and advancements strengthen the demand. Wether you need to learn the basics or keep abreast of the latest enhancements, training essential. Manufacturers must be confident with the technology to meet both the demands and expectations of their users. Fieldbus professionals must be able to identify fieldbus applications, understand the requirements to install those applications, and be able to talk about the benefits and advantages, in addition to knowing the differences between foundation fieldbus and existing technology used in control systems today. The fieldbus foundation offers a variety of training courses that every fieldbus professional should attend.

Course Objectives

The course assumes little or no knowledge of foundation fieldbus, but attendees should be familiar with process control. Attendees should already be acquainted with existing 4-20mA technology found in present day installations.

Attendees will become familiar with the basic concepts and new technology related to foundation fieldbus. The technology introduces a significant amount of new terminology that students must be confident with if they intend to be successful. Students will understand the key strategies for writing and installation of fieldbus network. Special emphasis will made on such design issues as power requirements, device types and topologies. Designmate, a software tool for modeling physical layer implementations, will be introduced.

A basic introduction of communications will help students understand appropriate device placement and expected bandwidth utilization. This knowledge will aid students in determining the appropriate control strategies, loop times, and device types to be implemented on individual segments.

Finally, the course covers an overview of Function Blocks, the applications that characterize a foundation fieldbus device. Students learn the differences between the block types as well as key components of the understand function blocks defined by the Fieldbus Foundation. Other concepts reviewed include mode and status, linkages, alarming, and any field diagnostic and scheduling. The course will discuss the importance of the Device Description and capabilities file that accompany every fieldbus device.

Course Outline

Day 1


Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus

Fieldbus Foundation Overview

  • History of the Fieldbus Foundation
  • Product and Services
  • Specification Status

### Day 2

Fieldbus Fundamentals

  • Overview
  • Terminology
  • Benefits

Day 3

Wiring and Installation

  • Comparison to 4-20mA
  • Maximum Devices/Lengths
  • Segment Layouts
  • Segment Requirements
  • Recommendations
  • SIF
  • Designmate Tool

Day 4


  • Fieldbus Device Types
  • Device Addressing
  • Device Data Storage
  • Basic Device Communications

### Day 5

Function Blocks & Device Description Technology

  • Block Applications
  • Device
  • Control
  • Standard Blocks
  • Data Quality and Diagnostics
  • Mode
  • Status
  • Alarms & Diagnostics
  • View
  • Scheduling
  • Device Descriptions
  • Capability Files


  • Demonstrations of the technology using registered devices in a simulated process

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Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for all developers, marketing professionals, applications engineers, system integrators, and others interested in seeking a fundamental knowledge of foundation fieldbus as they get started with foundation technology and develop fieldbus products.


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