Peace breaks out in the comms field at long last

IN january the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), announced that a significant majority of member countries had accepted the draft international fieldbus standard, IEC 61158, parts 3 and 6. The standard includes 8 fieldbus systems including, H1 Foundation Fieldbus, ControlNet, Profibus, SwiftNet WorldFip, P-Net, Foundation High Speed Ethernet,(HSE) and Interbus-S.

Profibus International Chairman, Klaus-Peter Lindner commented: `After 14 years hard work the situation is finally resolved. We now have a positive basis for future work, including quick development of the communications profiles needed to bring the standard into service’.