October 2002


Foundation fieldbus – open, integrated fieldbus architecture

Here’s how the technology helps support plant optimization

Glanzer, D. A., Fieldbus Foundation

One strategic goal of any organization is plant optimization. This need is driven by global pressure to increase product quality, plant safety and reliability; and reduce product costs, plant downtime and time to market. To achieve plant optimization the number of different networks, gateways and systems in the plant hierarchy (Fig. 1) must be reduced while at the same time increasing information integration between automation and management information systems (MIS). To be cost-effective the system must be built on standard, high-volume, low-cost networking technology. Meeting these requirements is the goal of Foundation

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