Picking the Right Bus—A Comparison of Field and Device Networks (FG30C)

The industrial market is flooded with different field, device, and sensor buses, all being promoted as the ideal solution for the plant floor. There is little doubt that buses can save your company money, but how do you select the right one and will it really have a significant economic impact?

This seminar provides an unbiased view of the fieldbus marketplace so you can make an informed decision. Participants will take an in-depth look at today’s dominant fieldbus technologies and compare their uses and features. Participants will also look at the emerging Ethernet-based fieldbuses. The basic strategy behind each bus is outlined, including the type of applications where each field bus system is best and least suited. The seminar will look at the wiring and installation requirements for each bus, as well as the highest levels of application interface for each bus. The bus protocol will be reviewed, but only enough to help you understand the differences. Several case histories of fieldbus applications in new and existing plant sites illustrate the potential benefits and pitfalls of each bus technology.

You will be able to:

  • Define the core concepts and terminology behind field device networks
  • Evaluate fieldbuses including: AS-interface, Foundation Fieldbus, DeviceNet, and Profibus
  • Recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each of the dominant fieldbus technologies
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of the new Ethernet-based fieldbuses
  • Explain how to select the right bus for your plant, including when a combination of buses may be needed

What you’ll cover:

  • Definition of Determination: Network Positioning | Systems Perspective | Customer Network Considerations | Making the Network Choice | 3-layer Network Architecture | Networks Layer Solutions
  • What is Ethernet (TCP/IP)?: Ethernet Network Management | Switched Ethernet | Can Ethernet Be Used for Control? | Ethernet Myths and Caveats
  • What is and Why ControlNet?: Typical Devices | User Benefits | Intrinsic Safety Options | Coax Trunk Segment Specification | Cabling and Redundancy Options | Architecture Capabilities
  • What is DeviceNet?: Open DeviceNet Vendor Association | Network Specifications | Wiring Topologies | New Trunk Cable
  • AS-Interface and Profibus: Industrial Networks | Benefits and Customer Advantages | Cost Comparison | Transmission Technologies | Redundancy | DP Mono- and Multi-master System | System Configuration | Process Application | PROFISafe Profile | Integration of Existing Plants | From Sensor to Area Controller | Transmission Techniques | DP with PA | Device Types | DP Multimaster System | Safety Functions | PA for Hazardous Areas | Topology and Configuration | Couplers | Interoperability | Protocol Functions | Cyclic and Acyclic Communications
  • Overview of FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus (FF): What is Foundation Fieldbus? | H1 and HSE Network | Conventional vs. Foundation Fieldbus | Communication Model | Communication Stack | Vendor Registration | Function Blocks | Cascade Control | FF Sample PID Execution and Communication | H1—Bus Segment, Power Conditioner, Fieldbus Terminator, Cable Limits, Wiring Topologies | Safe Area H1 Bus System | Number of Devices per Segment | Maximum Lengths per Segment | Redundancy of Fieldbus H1 Segment | Wiring of FF H1 Junction Box | Interoperability Testing | Host Systems


1 day


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