The Fieldbus Foundation has announced that an initial group of three host systems have completed its Host Inoperability Support Test (HIST).
These hosts include Yokogawa Electric’s Centium CS/CS1000/CS3000 Foundation fieldbus tool, Smar’s System 302 Configuration Tool and Fisher Rosemount’s DeltaV Control System.
HIST provides generic test procedures performed or witnessed by qualified Fieldbus Foundation staff on Foundation fieldbus systems. These procedures are intended to show a host system incorporating features defined by the Fieldbus Foundation, such as Device Tag Assignment, Device Description Services and Capabilities Files, is capable of supporting interoperability.
According to Fieldbus Foundation president, Richard J Timoney, commencement of the HIST program is an indication of the Fieldbus Foundation’s committment to making fully-interoperable Foundation fieldbus solutions available to the marketplace.
‘HIST provides end users with additional assurance that a supplier’s host system incorporates the robust functionality of Foundation technology, and is able to function as part of an interoperable fieldbus control system,’ said Timoney.
‘The foundation is the only industry organisation facilitating such a comprehensive host testing program, and we are pleased to make HIST available to control systems manufacturers around the world,’ Timoney added.
Information concerning HIST results can be accessed on the Fieldbus Foundation website. Click link in the right hand panel.