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Fieldbus Foundation Co-Sponsors Field Communication Lounge at Hannover Fair 2012

19 April 2012

The Fieldbus Foundation joins the FDT Group, HART Communication Foundation, PI (Profibus and Profibus International) and the OPC Foundation, to host the second co-sponsored Field Communication Lounge in Hall 9, Booth D05, at this year's Hannover Fair, Germany, from 23-27 April, 2012.

With its theme, "Bringing Field Communications together for YOU," the aim of the Field Communication Lounge is to create a single area for visitors to see and experience the latest in field communication technologies and discuss how these technologies work together to deliver powerful results to improve plant operations, performance and a company's profitability. The Lounge's combined exhibit concept better aligns with the way in which users often integrate field communication technologies at their own facilities. Visitors to the fair will have a central location to discuss and compare the leading automation communication protocols – their advantages, their applications, their integration, and how they can work together.

One key feature of the 570m2 Field Communication Lounge is the common display area in which the organizations will exhibit their individual process and factory automation communication technologies in dedicated technology kiosks.

The Fieldbus Foundation will use its technology kiosk to conduct live technology demonstrations using its multi-vendor systems to show the key benefits of FOUNDATION™ fieldbus including process integrity, business intelligence and open, scalable integration. The demonstration systems consist of several live FOUNDATION fieldbus segments, featuring three DCS systems and numerous field devices and physical layer components. The fully functional set-up allows the demonstration of all situations which may occur during the installation, commissioning and operation of a real process plant. Diagnostics according to NAMUR recommendation NE107; Control in the Field (CIF), and performance under extreme conditions will be simulated; and the new DesignMate™ software planning and implementation tool will be utilized.

In addition to the five technology displays, member companies of each association have the opportunity to be featured on purpose-built company kiosks to present practical field communications solutions including field devices, configuration, control and asset management applications, wireless technology, integration products, and other solutions that deliver value and benefits to the enterprise today and in the future.

The Field Communication Lounge also features a common presentation forum in which experts from the five organizations will present the latest field device communication technology solutions during a series of 30-minute technical and educational presentations to be held daily from 10.30-16.00.

Thomas Kasten, chairman - Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee, is looking forward to welcoming visitors to the Field Communication Lounge. "This collaborative concept by leading technology organizations was first introduced at the 2011 Hannover Fair. We received so much positive feedback from show visitors that it was clear that we would adopt the Field Communication Lounge concept again for the major shows in Germany during 2012 – and this year we welcome the addition of OPC Foundation to the group." He continued, "At the Field Communication Lounge, so many well known suppliers of advanced plant communications technology are just a few steps apart so that with just a short stand-tour, visitors can gain a comprehensive overview of the latest developments, make comparisons and discuss integrated solutions with the experts on hand."

Fieldbus Foundation members participating in the Field Communication Lounge include: ABB, APAT, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Fieldbus International, Heinrichs Messtechnik, Honeywell, Invensys, Leoni, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell, R. Stahl, Siemens, Softing, Yokogawa and many more.

The Field Communication Lounge exhibit will also be used at this year's ACHEMA 2012, 18-22 June 2012, Frankfurt, Germany, located on Mezzanine Level 11 via B29.

For more information about the Fieldbus Foundation German Marketing Committee and its activities visit the Fieldbus Foundation's website www.fieldbus.org, or email germany@fieldbus.org .

More information about the Field Communication Lounge and the presentation schedule can be found at www.fieldcommunicationlounge.com.
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