Fieldbuses for Process Control: Engineering, Operation, and Maintenance

This implementation-oriented book provides a clear and concise presentation of how to apply fieldbuses for process control. Based on experience collected from end-users in a wide range of industries around the world, it provides how-to information for all phases of the system lifecycle from engineering to device and strategy configuration, installation, commissioning, troubleshooting, operation, and maintenance.The book covers the three leading process fieldbus technologies: Hart, Foundation[trademark] Fieldbus and Profibusa. It covers both the field-level and the Ethernet-based host-level networking. The text also addresses concerns and solutions for interoperability, integration and migration as well as availability and safety. A chapter on benefits helps engineers justify business advantages to management. The final chapter provides an in-depth explanation of how these fieldbus technologies work. The author exposes similarities, differences and capabilities of each fieldbus technology. This book is a must-have for system designers, control engineers and technicians. Even process engineers can benefit from learning about the capabilities of fieldbus technologies. It is ideal for both organized training courses and for self-study and will remain a handy reference when configuring and troubleshooting systems.