Dow furnaces use fieldbus

Reduced wiring costs and slashed installation, commissioning and system start-up time and effort have been reported at Dow Chemical’s Ft. Saskatchewan plant in Canada – the first commercial application of Foundation Fieldbus products and Fisher-Rosemount’s PlantWeb. Grant Omichinski, speaking for the project team, said: `Instead of spending weeks stringing wires to every device, ringing out […]

Reduced wiring costs and slashed installation, commissioning and system start-up time and effort have been reported at Dow Chemical’s Ft. Saskatchewan plant in Canada – the first commercial application of Foundation Fieldbus products and Fisher-Rosemount’s PlantWeb.

Grant Omichinski, speaking for the project team, said: `Instead of spending weeks stringing wires to every device, ringing out every connection, configuring each device in the field and tracking down problems, we just plugged everything together, verified device status from a PC in the control room and downloaded configurations from the same PC.’

The system itself is on a furnace application, with pressures being monitored by F-R 3051T gauge pressure transmitters, and is now to be extended to five more furnaces. It comprises F-R’s new DeltaV control system with the company’s Asset Management System (AMS) software and 3051Ts on fieldbus segments.

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