May 2007

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HP Integration Strategies: The state of fieldbus in process automation, Part 1

Fieldbus acceptance continues to steam ahead. With a firm foothold in the hydrocarbon industries and growing acceptance in a host of others, we can see that fieldbus is a working solution that is more..

O'Brien, L., ARC Advisory Group

Fieldbus acceptance continues to steam ahead. With a firm foothold in the hydrocarbon industries and growing acceptance in a host of others, we can see that fieldbus is a working solution that is more than acceptable for critical process applications, even for safety systems. Many end users are achieving significant benefits from the technology, both in the areas of installed and operational costs. Many end users, however, continue to be left behind and are not realizing the maximum benefits. The primary reasons are lack of planning and an incorrect approach to the technology. If you are using fieldbus merely as a functional replacement for 4-20mA technology, you will not realize the benefit

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