Emerson donates technology to Fieldbus Foundation


AUSTIN, TEXAS, July 14, 2003 — Emerson Process Management, in its commitment to open, interoperable standards, has donated “sample code” to the Fieldbus Foundation. The HSE sample code will help suppliers to speed their development of HSE Linking Devices and HSE devices. This sample code is available to the members of the Fieldbus Foundation as part of the HSE Packet Analyzer Toolkit Professional (AT-442).

According to Stephen Mitchke, Fieldbus Foundation product manager-fieldbus products, “The AT-442 gives developers a royalty-free, licensed sample source code to jump-start HSE device development.”

John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management, said, “Emerson has long demonstrated its commitment to open interoperable standards from the donation of HART technology to the HART Communication Foundation…to our leading role as master editor of the original OPC specification and first president of the OPC Foundation…to our donations of DDL technology plus control-in-the-field patents to the Fieldbus Foundation. Emerson will continue its dedication to develop open interoperable technologies for the value they deliver to process manufacturers.”

“End-users employing FOUNDATIONà¢â€ž- fieldbus devices and permanently connected online asset management software need HSE performance,” said Mitschke. “As demand builds for HSE-based fieldbus solutions, manufacturers will not want to be left behind in the development of field devices and linking devices that utilize this advanced technology.”

Previously, the Fieldbus Foundation released the AT-440 toolkit to expedite the development of HSE-based fieldbus products. The AT-442 professional version retains the HSE packet analyzer, HSE device implementation guide and sample HSE field device from the original toolkit, but also includes new, essential features that guide developers through the device development process. These include simultaneous dual-port capture, an enhanced live list view with per device statistics, and a sample HSE stack source code.

A free demo of the AT-442 toolkit can be downloaded from www.fieldbus.org/at440demo. An upgrade is also available for owners of the AT-440 Analyzer Toolkit. To order the AT-442 or an upgrade kit, or to receive a free demo CD by mail, e-mail: maggie.carlson@fieldbus.org.

About the Fieldbus Foundation

The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of nearly 200 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of a single, international, interoperable fieldbus. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability. Visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management(www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing, and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry specific engineering, consulting, project management, and maintenance services. Emerson brands include PlantWeb®, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, DeltaVà¢â€ž-, Ovation®, and AMS.

About Emerson

Emerson (www.gotoemerson.com) brings technology and engineering together to provide solutions to customers in process control; electronics and telecommunications; industrial automation; heating, ventilating and air conditioning; and appliance and tools. Sales in fiscal 2002 were $13.8 billion.


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