Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hanover Fair, Calgary Seminar

We just returned from a busy two weeks on the road, one of them spent at Hanover Fair in Germany where we participated in the Field Communication Lounge.  Five foundations, including Fieldbus Foundation, FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation and Profibus International all shared a large booth to promote our message of digital field communications and information management.  Fieldbus Foundation showcased our demonstration units that we use for our seminars in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  These are designed to be "hands on" demonstration units that allow users to find out for themselves that FOUNDATION fieldbus is easy to use.  The three demonstration units include hosts from Emerson, Honeywell, and Endress+Hauser and devices from a wide range of suppliers.  I also gave several presentations at Hanover highlighting our efforts in FOUNDATION for Remote Operations Management (ROM) and FOUNDATION for Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF) technology.

FOUNDATION Fieldbus Demo Units on Display at Hanover
We will return to Germany in a few weeks to participate in the Field Communications Lounge at the Achema show in Frankfurt.  Achema is the very big show that focuses on the German chemical industry.  While Hanover's focus seems to be leaning more toward factory automation, the Achema show is most definitely a process automaton affair.

Last week we were at Lee College in Baytown, Texas, which is one of our certified training centers under the FOUNDATION Certified Training Program (FCTP).  Our purpose for being at Lee was to organize our demonstrations and presentations for our series of upcoming seminars in North America.  Our first seminar will be in Calgary at the TELUS Convention Center on May 23rd.  You can register online for the seminar here.  We have made many changes this year and we welcome our new host system demonstration supplier Invensys Operations Management, as well as our returning demo suppliers Emerson Process Management and Yokogawa.  Our full list of sponsors for the seminar is available here and includes Cobalt Process, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Invensys, MooreHawke, MTL/Cooper, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Stahl, Rockwell Automation, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Westlock, and Yokogawa.

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