About

Digital Transformation Through Global Standards

ABOUT

FieldComm Group began operations on January 1, 2015 by combining all assets of the former Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation. 

FieldComm Group is a global standards-based non-profit member organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of communication technologies for the process industries. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of the technologies. In addition to HART and Foundation Fieldbus communication technologies, FieldComm Group is responsible for ongoing development of Field Device Integration (FDI) Technology.

The establishment of the FieldComm Group allows developers of digital open standards to better collaborate on new and existing technologies and to increase market share of digital field devices in the total device market.

Mission

  • Develop, manage, and promote global standards for integrating digital devices to on-site, mobile, and cloud based systems

  • Provide services for standards conformance and implementation of process automation devices and systems that enable and improve reliability and multi-vendor interoperability

  • Lead the development of a unified information model of process automation field devices while building upon industry investment in the HART®, FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus and FDI™ standards

 

 

Ted Masters - President and CEO

Mr. Masters has held leadership roles in a wide variety of technology companies supporting the process industry for about 25 years. He has experience in managing the growth and delivery of products, software and service solutions to industrial markets. His career has been centered around the conversion of operational data into actionable intelligence and helping users make better decisions to capture the value by integration into business systems and processes.

Wally Pratt - Director of HART Technology

Wally Pratt is a Director of HART Technology at FieldComm Group. He has over 35 years experience designing, developing and supporting embedded real-time systems, digital signal processing, continuous and batching  controls, process and environmental instrumentation and digital communications protocols and systems. He was the technical lead for the development and introduction of C8PSK Physical Layer ("High Speed HART"), WirelessHART, and HART-IP. Mr. Pratt is the architect of the HART and WirelessHART Test Systems. He joined the HART Communication Foundation (now FieldComm Group) in 1994.

Stephen Mitschke - Director of Foundation Fieldbus Technology

As Programs Director, Stephen is responsible for organizing FieldComm Group’s technology portfolio under a consistent set of policies and procedures to deliver leading edge technologies and innovations for the automation industry.  He has extensive background in information system planning, technology development, software engineering and conformity assessment programs. Throughout his career he has worked with international standard bodies and standard setting organizations to create collaborative environments that deliver high quality, market relevant standards. With over 20 years of experience in design, development and deployment of FOUNDATION Fieldbus, he is responsible for its ongoing standardization, conformance and interoperability test programs. Stephen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin,TX.

Sean Vincent - Director of Tech Services

Sean Vincent is Director of Technical Services with responsibility for conformance testing, product registration, and technical support. His experience includes HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, and FDI technology related projects as a product developer, test engineer, field application engineer, and technical trainer. Throughout his career, Sean has designed, developed, and supported embedded real-time systems as well as implementing various digital communications protocols and control systems. He administered successful product registration programs for the former Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation. Sean is committed to improving the technologies and service of the FieldComm Group.

Paul Sereiko - Director of Marketing

Mr. Sereiko is responsible for guiding worldwide marketing efforts to position FieldComm Group technologies in the marketplace, expand membership and increase the adoption of digital automation solutions in plant environments across the world. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering and an MBA in Marketing & Finance from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Achim Laubenstein - Director of FDI Technology

Mr. Laubenstein has held various product, technology and project management roles in process automation and machine manufacturing companies. He has experience in the domains of automation, industrial communication and system engineering. His career recently focused on setting up and managing standardization organizations and cross company technology and software development for international standards specifically for device integration. Mr. Laubenstein holds a degree in electrical engineering.

 

Board of Directors

Ted Masters - President and CEO, FieldComm Group

Mr. Masters has held leadership roles in a wide variety of technology companies supporting the process industry for about 25 years. He has experience in managing the growth and delivery of products, software and service solutions to industrial markets. His career has been centered around the conversion of operational data into actionable intelligence and helping users make better decisions to capture the value by integration into business systems and processes.

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Chairman of the Board Thoralf Schulz – Global Technology Manager Control Technologies in Process Automation, ABB

Mr. Schulz is Global Technology Manager Control Technologies in Process Automation and is responsible for Technology Strategy and Product Development in ABB’s Control Technologies business. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the process automation and process industry. Mr Schulz holds Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration.

Masato Iwasaki – President, Advanced Automation Company

Mr. Iwasaki is Managing Director of Azbil Corporation and in charge President of Advanced Automation Company. He has global responsibility for Industrial Automation business.

Hans Fiesel – Technology Director, Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG

Mr. Fiesel is the Technology Director of Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG located in Reinach, Switzerland. He has broad experience across several industries in the domains of automation, digital communication, HW- and SW-development, collected over the past 30 years. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and a degree in applied software science.

Peter Zornio – Chief Strategic OfficerEmerson

As Chief Strategic Officer for Emerson, Mr. Zornio has responsibility for overall coordination of technology programs, product direction, and standards across the Process Management group.  He has direct responsibility for the product definition and development organizations for control systems and software products. Mr. Zorio holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.

Yugo Sunaga – Senior Manager of Control Technology Development Department, Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Japan

Mr. Sunaga is Senior Manager of Control Technology Development Department for Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Japan. He is responsible for developing, planning and Quality Assurance at Fuji’s Industrial and Instrumentation Systems and Equipment. He has over 25 years of experience in industrial automation and Control network systems, and has high expertise in the development of network protocols and the systems.

Paul McLaughlin – Chief Engineer, Honeywell Process Solutions

Mr. McLaughlin is Chief Engineer for Honeywell Process Solutions and leads the Global Architecture Team within the company’s Technology organization. Mr. McLaughlin has over 30 years of experience in industrial automation which includes leadership of architecture and design projects and R&D center management, and has been awarded over 30 patents.

Gunther Kegel – Chief Executive Officer, PEPPERL+FUCHS

Dr. Gunther Kegel is Chief Executive Officer of PEPPERL+FUCHS Mannheim, a company producing electronics for the factory and process automation. He has more than 25 years experience in the automation and process industry. He was Chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation and after the merger of HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation also became Member of the Board of Directors of the new FieldComm Group in 2015.

 

Shannon Foos – Segment Manager for Process Automation Networks, Integration and Asset Management, Rockwell Automation

Ms. Foos is Segment Manager for Process Automation Networks, Integration and Asset Management and is responsible for Rockwell Automation's strategies and product development in those areas. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the process industry and has held positions with automation system providers in implementation, consulting, marketing, product management and strategy.  Ms Foos is a degreed Chemical Engineer and a registered Professional Engineer in Control Systems with the state of Ohio. 

 

John Eva – Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric

Mr. Eva has more than 35 years of experience in the process control industry.  He started with Servomex Ltd., in 1974 designing gas analyzers. In 1982, Mr. Eva joined The Foxboro Company (now a unit of Schneider Electric), where he has held a variety of management positions in technology, development, marketing, customer service, customer support, global customer and EPC accounts. Mr. Eva was educated in England, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering.  He had been active with the Fieldbus Foundation since 1998 and currently serves on the board of directors of the FieldComm Group.

Axel Lorenz – Vice President for Process Automation of Siemens' Business Unit "Industrial Automation Systems"

Mr. Lorenz is a General Manager for Automation Systems in Product and Solution Business, with broad experience in engineering, service and project management as well as the product lifecycle. Mr. Lorenz has been with Siemens for more than 20 years in various positions.

Shinji Oda – General Manager for Intellectual Property and Standardization, Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Mr. Oda is General Manager for Intellectual Property and Standardization and responsible for IP and international standardization strategy of Yokogawa, mainly in process automation. He has more than 25 years of experience in the process automation industry.


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Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller - Director of Marketing, Europe and Africa

Mr. Kumpfmueller started his business career with Siemens Automotive division. From 2000 to 2015 he served as CEO and CTO in various Siemens Automation divisions. He was a long-term Board member of the HART Communication Foundation as well as Fieldbus Foundation. From September 2014 to December 2015 he served as the chairman of the Board of Directors of FieldComm Group.

Hisashi Sasajima - Director of Marketing, Asia-Pacific

Mr. Sasajima has over 40 years of experience in Instrumentation, Control Engineering and Global Business Planning. He served as an Executive Director and Senior Advisor at Azbil (former Yamatake) Corporation in most recent years. Mr. Sasajima holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electro-Information Communication, Faculty of Engineering, Waseda University.

Dr. Minhui Wu - Director of Marketing, China

Dr. Minhui Wu started developing FieldComm Group China business 5 years ago as director of HART Communication Foundation - China. Before joining FieldComm Group, he worked for Autodesk, an U.S.A. based design software company and Qihoo 360, a China based internet security company. Dr. Wu holds Bachelor's Degree in Automatic Control and Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence. 

Mohammed (Mo) Loch - Director of Marketing, Middle East

Mohammed (Mo) Loch is the President & CEO of DMS Global which reports on energy related projects around the world through their online project database known as the DMS Project Matrix.   Mo is also the Director Industry Relations for the International Society of Automation (ISA) as well as the Partner Middle East, Africa & South East Asia for the ARC Advisory.  He also serves as the Regional Director Middle East for the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) and is the Director Market Intelligence for the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce.

As the FieldComm Group Regional Director for Middle East, Mr. Loch is handling the development and execution of regional marketing strategies and plans and building support for their activities using ambassadors in each country to develop and host localized education and training events aimed at users and suppliers for FOUNDATION Fieldbus, HART, WirelessHART and FDI technologies.

Talon Petty - Director of Marketing, Americas

Talon Petty is the Marketing and Business Development Manager at FieldComm Group in Austin, TX. Additionally, he is the Director of Marketing, Americas for FieldComm Group and leads regional activity for Canada, USA and South America. Mr. Petty graduated with Honors from the College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin and has been an integral part of the marketing effort surrounding process industry protocols for nearly a decade. Talon has had articles published in trade magazines from around the globe.

Alongside the marketing team at FieldComm Group, Talon currently is working to establish the importance of standards in the marketplace and grow adoption of digital automation solutions in plant environments across the world.

 

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