ISA Publishes the First Book About Fieldbuses

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

The first book about fieldbuses has been published by ISA. Debuting at ISA 2001, Fieldbuses for Process Control, by Jonas Berge, Smar singapore General Manager, is the result of years of research of the author in this field. Rather than trying to cover all industrial communications, Jonas focused on the field-level process networks HART, FOUNDATION H1 Fieldbus, PROFIBUS PA and the host-level Ethernet versions FOUNDATION HSE Fieldbus and PROFInet. More than just wiring rules, this book covers the topic in-depth including configuration and documentation aspects. The book has 460 hardbound pages, approximately 230 illustrations and 100 review questions.

This implementation-oriented book is based on experience collected from end-users around the world and provides a clear and concise presentation of how to apply fieldbuses for process control. It addresses "how-to" for all phases of the system lifecycle from engineering to device and strategy configuration, installation and commissioning, diagnostics and troubleshooting, operation, calibration and maintenance. The book covers the three leading process fieldbus technologies: HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS-PA. Both the field-level and the Ethernet-based host-level network are covered.

The operation chapter touches on software integration using OPC (OLE for Process Control).The text also addresses concerns and solutions for interoperability, integration and migration as well as availability and safety. A chapter on benefits helps engineers justify business advantages to the management. The final chapter is for "propeller heads" and covers how these fieldbus technologies work. The book exposes similarities, differences and capabilities of these bus technologies.

This book is a "must" for system designers, instrument engineers and technicians. Even process engineers can benefit learning about the capabilities of fieldbus technologies. The book is ideal for courses and for self-study and will remain a handy reference when configuring and troubleshooting systems. It is sure to be a well-thumbed addition to every control engineer's bookshelf.

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