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HP Control: Fieldbus getting more confusing

We are preparing our next Fieldbus Technology supplement which will be published in our June issue. Much has happened in the fieldbus arena in the past few years that has caused some confusion. Follow..

Kane, L., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We are preparing our next Fieldbus Technology supplement which will be published in our June issue. Much has happened in the fieldbus arena in the past few years that has caused some confusion. Following are some observations on this important topic. We welcome your comments. Why is fieldbus so important? Most articles about fieldbus discuss the savings in wiring, engineering and installation costs. These savings are real and relatively easy to quantify, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. The biggest savings will come from better asset management and, eventually, the ability to move process control into the field. Realizing that savings from preventing equipment failu

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