FOUNDATION™ Fieldbus has been driving the digital transformation to smarter plant operations, made popular by terms such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0, for more than two decades. FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology is embedded in millions of intelligent devices and systems and has enabled end users to make better and faster decisions, increase productivity, reduce costs, and minimize risk while raising the level of awareness of plant operations from instrument technicians all the way to corporate officers.
FOUNDATION Fieldbus allows industrial organizations to unlock the full capabilities of their existing assets. By providing the means to leverage immense amounts of data generated by modern automation systems, the potential uses and benefits are numerous. They range from enhanced data collection and improved remote monitoring, diagnostics and asset management, to reduced configuration and commissioning effort.
FOUNDATION Fieldbus provides an all-digital communication infrastructure for process automation, with powerful multivariable measurement capabilities, robust device diagnostics, and the ability to integrate wireless devices across multiple networks. The block structure of FOUNDATION Fieldbus is unique, enabling true distributed functionality, improved data management, and alarm and alert management.
With FOUNDATION technology, multiple devices — each with multiple I/O signals — can share the same bus. Fieldbus-based control systems employ two-wire twisted pair cable and provide intrinsically safe or non-incendive device power suitable for all hazardous areas. Unrestricted access to field device intelligence enables centralized configuration/setup and diagnostics for all field instruments, including discrete sensors and actuators. This solution also supports temporary masters such as handheld field communicators, laptops/tablets, and documenting calibrators.