PROCESS industrial engineers now can extend plant-wide controls to include Ethernet capabilities with National Instruments ’ FBUS-HSE/H1 Fieldbus high-speed Ethernet (HSE) linking device.
Using the linking device, engineers can fully integrate sensor, process, discrete, hybrid and batch control subsystems with higher level supervisory applications.
The HSE/HI linking device connects 31.25kbps H1 segments to an HSE network running at 10Mbps or higher, making it easier for engineers to build high-performance, integrated applications, such as manufacturing, refinery, chemical and pharmaceutical plant installations.
Engineers can use the device to implement an open architecture for incorporating information into a process automation system. This approach is suitable for large process automation plants as engineers can control temperature, level and flow, which requires multiple H1 transitioning devices connected through a commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet network.
National Instruments has also released the NI PCI-FBUS/2 plug and play PCI board. This allows easier connection of FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices to new desktop PCs.
The PCI-FBUS/2 simplifies configuration of AT-FBUS boards with computers that do not offer ISA slots as a standard feature. Engineers can plug the PCI-FBUS board into any new desktop with a PCI slot and more easily run software without using a complex interface card.
New NI-FBUS 3.0 software integrates with LabVIEW 7 Express through the Fieldbus VI library, eliminating the inconvenience of low-performance, complex configuration OPC servers used to call FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices.
The NI-FBUS 3.0 software supports the FBUS-HSE/H1 and PCI-FBUS/2 Fieldbus interfaces and includes a new communications manager and a Fieldbus configurator.