January 2002

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Fieldbus improves control and asset management

Substantial benefits are realized from increased diagnostics and process data

Smart, J. D., Emerson Process Management

With the "enabling technology" of Foundation fieldbus, intelligent field devices are able to go far beyond providing an accurate process variable. Information generated by smart field instrumentation in hydrocarbon processing plants can significantly improve production efficiencies, enable open field-based control architecture, drive cost-saving asset management solutions and enhance enterprise-wide information technology systems. Since development of intelligent field instrumentation more than 10 years ago, growth and utilization of the capabilities and data available from these devices have been limited, largely by widespread proprietary digital communication standards. The

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