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Foundation Fieldbus developer training to be offered in November

The Fieldbus Foundation will offer Foundation fieldbus developer training during November 2010 at its facility in Austin, Texas. The vendor-neutral “Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus” and “Advanced Principles of Foundation Fieldbus” courses cover all key aspects of open, non-proprietary Foundation fieldbus technology.

The one-day “Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus” course will be conducted on Nov 9. The three-day “Advanced Principles of Foundation Fieldbus” will be held on Nov 10-12. The vendor-neutral "Introduction to Foundation Fieldbus" course is intended for instrumentation manufacturers getting started with Foundation technology and seeking to develop fieldbus products; new engineers at existing companies; engineers interested in the latest advancements; and those looking to refresh their training.

Students will become familiar with the basic concepts and new terminology related to the Foundation integrated architecture. They will understand the key strategies for wiring and installation of a fieldbus network. Special emphasis will be placed on design issues such as power requirements, device types and topologies.

This introductory course has been updated to include new information about grounding and shielding, as well as Foundation for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF) technology.

The vendor-neutral "Advanced Principles of Foundation Fieldbus" course is designed for manufacturers and developers of fieldbus hardware and software. It is best suited for development engineers, test engineers, and all who wish to understand the detailed inner workings of a Foundation fieldbus device. The course covers major tools used by Foundation device developers.

Students gain an understanding of the basics of the bus monitor and apply this tool in interactive exercises demonstrating fieldbus communications and the use of filters for network troubleshooting. The curriculum also addresses H1 and High Speed Ethernet (HSE) communications between fieldbus devices.

This advanced course includes updated information concerning alerting/alarming and Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL), as well as new sections on developments in Field Diagnostics and Capability Files. The new technology implements role-based diagnostics, meaning the right information is sent to the appropriate person—when they need it.

A system of push diagnostics, rather than pull diagnostics, allows the user to receive alerts much quicker and to the right people, instead of having to request information from the devices. The Device Development section incorporates some previously included information, but has been expanded to better describe the process.

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