Monday, May 12, 2008

Revolutionary, network-enabled software system unleashes powerful FOUNDATION™ fieldbus, HART and Profibus diagnostics simultaneously using standards technology: EDDL and FDT/DTM

AssetView, the first online, network-enabled plant asset management system designed according to the NAMUR NE91 standard and taking full advantage of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus' , HART, and Profibus powerful diagnostics.

AssetView is a key component of SMAR's SYSTEM302-7 enterprise automation solution enabling process plants to better manage the health and performance of field instrumentation and controls. Unlike traditional "offline" enterprise asset management software, which utilizes manually-entered information to track work orders and costs for almost all plant inventories. AssetView provides plant personnel with the information they need to perform their tasks more efficiently, and simplifies assessment of instrument condition, allowing maintenance technicians to make better decisions on what action to be taken.

More than just a standard asset management tool, AssetView benefits from the unmatched interoperability of SMAR's industry-leading fieldbus solution, and makes full use of available parameter information from FOUNDATION fieldbus and HART or Profibus devices – regardless of their make or model. In doing so, AssetView helps eliminate the constraints of plantwide integration while protecting the user's installed investment.

AssetView is the most advanced device diagnostic and manager software offered to date. Featuring a user-friendly, browser-based interface, it provides continuous, online access to intelligent field devices, and enables technicians to perform diagnostic and maintenance functions, including: calibration, device monitoring, device parameterization, valve diagnostic and performance evaluation, loop tests, documentation and operator audits.


AssetView also provides valuable data collected from smart valve positioners/controllers and other devices and the system makes the most of this historical information to optimize the operation of plant equipment with minimal frequency and extent of maintenance.

According to Cesar Cassiolato – Marketing Director, AssetView establishes a new standard for asset management in process industry plants. "Today, asset management is a major concern for manufacturers around the world," said Cassiolato. "Companies must not only optimize control system performance, but also leverage the value of their installed assets if they are to improve their business results. Too often, however, instrument maintenance is conducted on a trial-and-error basis, resulting in unnecessary process shutdowns and costing millions of dollars in lost production revenue. Using the integrated technology of “fieldbuses” devices and AssetView, suspected faults can now be confirmed based on condition monitoring while the plant is still in operation." He added, "No other asset management system on the market makes such full use of fieldbus' robust device diagnostics."

AssetView is a powerfull tool of SYSTEM302-7 that makes easier engineering by offering additional, advanced diagnostics such as charts and graphs for valve analysis and step-by-step procedures for device test and calibration. AssetView is specifically designed to handle long-term maintenance and device operation. Displaying diagnostic data in logically arranged windows, it takes devices through test sequences, records data, and organizes information as part of a sophisticated failure analysis. Diagnostic plots can be stored and retrieved as part of the device record and maintenance audit trail.

AssetView's standard, platform-independent, web-based architecture allows it to work either plant-wide across the network, or enterprise-wide across the Internet. The system's multi-client user interface is a regular web browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator operating on Windows, Windows CE, Unix and other common platforms.

With AssetView, web pages are generated for every device at a plant location using ASP (Active Server Page) technology. The device pages contain information such as manufacturer name, device type, serial number, and hardware and software revisions. Technicians can access the pages via web browser clients in order to perform tasks ranging from identification and calibration, to diagnostics and reconciliation of device configurations.

The web technology used in AssetView also allows association of any document or graphic format through either hyperlinks or insertion into HTML pages. No special configurator or software is needed, giving users the capability to easily modify the appearance and format of online documents for a particular device or device type. No special tanning since it is a web browser based tool.

AssetView also uploads the network topology from the SYSTEM302 -7servers, enabling users to browse operational devices at different plant locations from their stations in exactly the same manner as in Syscon. In all other ways, navigating AssetView is like browsing the Internet.

About SMAR International

Founded in 1974, SMAR International Corp. is recognized as a global leader in controls and instrumentation for process and manufacturing automation. The company maintains operations in eight countries, as well as an extensive, international network of distributors and representatives. Recognized as "First In Fieldbus," SMAR has pioneered many of today's advanced digital field instrument and control network technologies. This is consolidated in a broad product offering based on the industry-standard HART, FOUNDATION™ fieldbus and Profibus protocols. SMAR's powerful, fieldbus-based SYSTEM302-7 has gained prominence as a "best-in-class" industrial automation solution in installations around the world. In addition, SMAR's complete system integration capabilities include one of the industry's widest selections of field devices, interfaces, integrated circuits and software. For more information, contact:

SMAR International Corp.
6001 Stonington, #100
Houston, TX 77040
Phone: (713) 849-2021 | Fax (713) 849-2022 |