Keywords communications systems, fieldbus, distributed control, multi-vendor environments, networks, open systems, process control, real-time systems
Start Date: 01-JAN-91 / Duration: 24 months
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The objective of this project was to specify, implement, validate, demonstrate and promote a digital fieldbus for use at the lowest level of the industrial automation hierarchy. The fieldbus aims at replacing current technology and specific proprietary solutions.
New functionalities of interworking with the higher of the factory levels were addressed. Within the communication profile, particular emphasis was placed on the application layer, function blocks and network management.
Work performed on international standardisation was analysed as well as the activities of the EUREKA fieldbus project (number 68). Fieldbus profiles are specified in a fieldbus implementation guide.
Fieldbus connections for field devices were implemented and demonstrated in an experimental pilot. The pilot contributed towards the validation of fieldbus technology in process control and discrete parts manufacturing applications, and showed the integration of the fieldbus with the higher level network CNMA in the CIM environment.
Further experimental and real production pilots were specified, and interoperability and integration testing methodologies studied.
The results will contribute to the pre-normative process and to international standardisation work, particularly in the area of fieldbus.
Dr Kym Watson
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FRAUNHOFER-IITB - D - C
AEG AUTOMATISIERUNGSTECHNIK - D - P
SENTER FOR INDUSTRIFORSKNING - N - P
ENDRESS & HAUSER GMBH - D - P
GESPAC SA - CH - P
NUOVO PIGNONE - I - P
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE
DE LAUSANNE - CH - P
SIEMENS AG - D - P
ALCATEL TITN ANSWARE - F - P
UNIVERSIDADE DE PORTO - P - P
UNIVERSITÄT STUTTGART - D - P
SOFTING GMBH - D - P
ROBOTIKER - E - P
HARTMANN & BRAUN - D - P
AN DER UNIVERSITÄT KARLSRUHE - D - P
BAILEY ESACONTROL SPA - I - P
EDF - F - P
BULL SA - F - P
GESPAC SA - F - A
FICIM - 5206, December 1993
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