20 years of the HART Communication Foundation

Benefits today and into the future. See links to collected articles.

04/11/2013


One of the strengths of HART is its two simultaneous communication channels — 4-20 mA channel and digital channel. Diagram courtesy: HART Communication FoundationIn 2013 the HART Communication Foundation celebrates 20 years serving the process automation industry. Since its founding in 1993, the focus of the Foundation has been providing global support for the application of the HART Protocol and helping users maximize the value of their smart instrumentation investments.

Today the HART Protocol is the world’s leading communication technology for intelligent process measurement and control with more than 35 million HART-enabled devices installed in process plant applications around the globe. Users recognize that the intelligent information, data, interoperability and capabilities of HART-enabled devices are valuable assets for cost-efficient and sustainable process manufacturing operations.

Industry suppliers are manufacturing HART products in record numbers with more than 70% of all process measurement and control products shipped and installed each year using HART Communication. More and more end users are thinking outside the box and discovering innovative ways to benefit from the use of HART Communication.

Regardless of the age of your plant or control system, there are many ways to connect with the HART data from your intelligent field devices. In the following articles, read how companies have discovered the benefits of connecting to their HART-enabled devices and discover how users like you are putting HART Communication to work to benefit their enterprise.

Into the Future

The development and rapid global acceptance of WirelessHART since its introduction in 2007 enhances the technology’s functionality and preserves its future viability indefinitely. In 2012, the Protocol was further enhanced to include user-requested capabilities for improved functionality—Condensed Device Status Indicators; Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for wireless networks; HART Communication over Internet Protocol standardization; Discrete “on/off” functionality for devices; and Infrared communication to a device.

These enhancements provide a basis for future innovation bringing new capabilities and value for industry users. 

If you plan to upgrade or expand an existing plant or build a new plant for sustainable and globally competitive operation…look to products and solutions based on the easy-to-use, low-risk, industry standard for smart instrument communication—HART Communication with benefits for today and into the future!

Ron Helson is executive director of the HART Communication Foundation.

Read more about HART applications:

HART benefits the bottom line at MOL refinery

Using HART with asset management systems

HART: Benefits for today and into the future

Electric utility stretches sensor coverage

WirelessHART extends your reach



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Hannover Messe 2016: Taking hold of the future - Partner Country status spotlights U.S. manufacturing; Honoring manufacturing excellence: The 2015 Product of the Year Winners
Inside IIoT: How technology, strategy can improve your operation; Dry media or web scrubber?; Six steps to design a PM program
World-class manufacturing: A recipe for success: Finding the right mix for a salad dressing line; 2015 Salary Survey: Manufacturing slump dims enthusiasm
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
Special report: U.S. natural gas; LNG transport technologies evolve to meet market demand; Understanding new methane regulations; Predictive maintenance for gas pipeline compressors
Warehouse winter comfort: The HTHV solution; Cooling with natural gas; Plastics industry booming
Managing automation upgrades, retrofits; Making technical, business sense; Ensuring network cyber security
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
click me