March 2008

Special Report: Instruments and Networks

Fieldbus in your future: Training overcomes complexity issues

A comprehensive instruction program can help plant management prepare personnel for the new era of digital process control

Carter, C., Fieldbus Center, Lee College

Some process industry plants are reluctant to install fieldbus control systems due to the perceived "complexity" of this advanced technology. Automation end users may also view fieldbus as too difficult to support with engineering, operations and maintenance personnel who are accustomed to traditional control strategies. Plants successfully implementing fieldbus have found training an essential element in control system projects. Experienced process engineers, instrument technicians and maintenance workers may not be adequately prepared for fieldbus, even if they are skilled in conventional control system environments. EVOLUTION OF AUTOMATION Over several decades, the process industrie

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