Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus


Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus

Students will become familiar with the basic concepts and new terminology related to the FOUNDATION Fieldbus integrated architecture. The technology introduces new terminology that control personnel must be confident with if they intend to be successful. Students will understand the key strategies for wiring and installation of a fieldbus network. Special emphasis will be made on such design issues as power requirements, device types and topologies. DesignMATE, a software tool for modeling physical layer implementations, will be introduced.

A basic introduction of communications will help students understand appropriate device placement and expected bandwidth utilization. This knowledge will aid students in determining the appropriate control strategies, loop times, and device types to be implemented on individual segments.

Finally, the "Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus" course covers an overview of function blocks and the applications that characterize a FOUNDATION device. Students learn the differences between the block types as well as key components of the standard function blocks defined by the specifications. Other concepts reviewed include mode and status, linkages, alarming, field diagnostics and scheduling. The course will discuss the importance of the Device Description (DD) and capabilities file (CFF) that accompanies every registered FOUNDATION Fieldbus device.


    The "Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus" course assumes little or no prior knowledge of FOUNDATION technology, but students should be familiar with process control. Students should already be acquainted with existing 4-20mA technology found in present day installations.


    The vendor-neutral "Introduction to FOUNDATION Fieldbus" course has been designed for developers, end users, marketing professionals, applications engineers, system integrators and others interested in obtaining a fundamental knowledge of FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology.


    • History of the FieldComm Group
    • Product and Services
    • Specification Status

    FOUNDATION Fieldbus Fundamentals

    • Overview
    • Terminology
    • Benefits

    Wiring & Installation

    • Comparison to 4-20 mA
    • Maximum Devices/Lengths
    • Segment Components
    • Segment Layouts
    • Segment Requirements
    • Recommendations


    • Device Types
    • Device Addressing
    • Device Data Storage
    • Basic Device Communications

    Blocks and Device Description Files

    • Block Fundamentals
    • Standard Flexible Function Blocks
    • Mode and Status
    • Trending
    • Alarming
    • Scheduling
    • Device Descriptions
    • Capability Files


    • Demonstration of the technology using registered devices in a simulated process

    During the workshop, lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments will be served.  Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

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