End users are increasingly specifying automation products and services no based upon the level of technology they provide, but on the business value propositions of Foundation technology include process integrity, business intelligence, and open and scalable integration of information across process manufacturing plants.
Foundation Technology provides a path to greater process integrity through its capabilities for field level control, enhanced diagnostics for process safety systems. Providing a common architecture for both processes and safety systems, a providing more accurate measurements. Enhanced business intelligence is provided by the unification of Foundation Technology with the OPC UA standard and through the open data access that fieldbus can provide to any plant application. Open scalable integration is possible with Foundation Technology through its ability to interface with OPC UA and provide a unified data model with the incorporation of Enhanced Electronic Device Description technology.
In addition, Foundation is the only technology incorporating key aspects of the “Collaborative Process Automation System” vision, including common data, common time, common presentation, high availability, and network management.
The goal of selecting a digital fieldbus should be to deliver business benefits to the customer. Whether the user is seeking faster commissioning, better diagnostics, better performance, or increased system integrity, Foundation fieldbus is an excellent choice to achieve these objectives.