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Issue Highlights
- Data validation: Jewel in the fieldbus crown?
- Fieldbus installation tips for first-timers
- Ensuring OPC connectivity in mission critical applications

Data validation: Jewel in the fieldbus crown?
Fieldbus devices have been around for a while now, and many users and most suppliers to the industry see process availability as the big payout benefit of Foundation fieldbus diagnostics. A good portion of this payout can be realized through data validation, which is helping many plants achieve noticeable improvements.

Ensuring OPC connectivity in mission critical applications
OPC specialist Eric Murphy brings the latest in OPC technology to OPC Connection. This month, he presents important aspects to consider when addressing the uninterrupted flow of data and communications, and how OPC plays an increasingly mission-critical role in the enterprise.

An introduction to fieldbus
In this paper, the authors strip away all the jargon and confusing terminology and stick to the two basic fieldbuses used in process control: Profibus PA and Foundation fieldbus H1. The paper covers how fieldbus works, shows how to connect instruments, and explains it all in terms any engineer, technician or operator can understand.

New maintenance strategy: Don’t break it!
CONTROL contributing editor and pioneering Foundation fieldbus user John Rezabek provides analysis and commentary on the ultimate preventive, predictive, proactive and preemptive maintenance strategies.

Highlights from Automation Fair 2006

Wireless Sensor Network 2006 Management Survey

Tech Fair to be held during User Group Conference

New Products

Coupler connects fieldbus devices in hazardous locations

Product catalog features plug-in I/O for field devices

Fiberoptic switch improves reliability

Industry Events

Get information on all these events here

Introduction to Process Instrumentation and Control
November 6 - 9, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Yokogawa Tech Fair & Users Conference
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1, Houston, TX

Invensys North America Customer Conference
December 4 - 7, Dallas, TX

Automation Technology Egypt 2007
March, 8 - 11, 2007, Cairo, Egypt

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