FieldComm Group Releases Version 6.3.1 of the H1 Interoperability Test Kit to Support Standardized Connection Points

 FieldComm Group Releases Version 6.3.1 of the H1 Interoperability Test Kit to Support Standardized Connection Points


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  FieldComm Group Releases Version 6.3.1 of the H1 Interoperability Test Kit to Support Standardized Connection Points

14. November 2018 - The FieldComm Group has just released version 6.3.1 of the H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK), which is strengthening support for standardized connection points (SCP). This developer-centric tool allows automation vendors to perform a variety of tests on their field devices to ensure support for SCP.

SCP marks a milestone in FieldComm Group's FOUNDATION Fieldbus Usability initiative that provides backward compatibility so that end users can replace an existing field device with a similar device.

SCP is a user-requested feature enhancement and can be viewed as a familiar 4-20 mA process for digital technology. If a field device and control system support SCP, the device can be installed in a FOUNDATION Fieldbus segment and immediately begin to publish its process variable (PV) to the system. This provides operators with important information to help them keep their equipment running until fully integrated. By separating PV from full integration, end users can retrieve their process online without the need for a device description (DD) or other technical personnel.

The effects of SCP can be explained in the following scenario: On Saturday at 3 in the morning there is a skeleton crew performing an otherwise familiar and uneventful process in the midst of a blizzard. A critical device error occurs and the control system is alerted. Operators must be able to return the system to a working condition so that the system can operate in manual mode until all personnel returns on Monday morning. Prior to SCP, full DD integration would be needed to get the process back on track, and integration often requires multiple disciplines. With SCP, field engineers can perform basic device settings (such as device identifiers, units, etc.) and shore wires to ensure the system is online with the information it needs to ensure safe operation.

The FieldComm Group has a long history of implementing user-requested enhancements, including NAMUR NE107 Device Diagnostics, Backward Compatibility, and Field Device Integration (FDI), which improves the device and system integration that the IIoT enables.

Field device manufacturers can already buy or upgrade their existing H1 ITC tools today, and on behalf of the user community, are urged to begin implementation as soon as possible. End users interested in SCP should discuss with their suppliers how they can support their product lines.

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2018-11-14 21:25:37
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