ISA releases Foundation Fieldbus book
ISA recently announced the release of the second edition of "Foundation Fieldbus" by Ian Verhappen and Augusto Pereira.
This newly revised book is written by two control systems engineers with extensive FOUNDATION Fieldbus installation experience. The book provides quick reference information on the FOUNDATION Fieldbus H1 protocol and installation tips. The resource also provides other useful information that design engineers, control system engineers, and instrumentation technicians need to know about FOUNDATION Fieldbus.
"Foundation Fieldbus" covers essential information on power distribution and network power supply requirements. The text is packed with handy reference information. The book includes rules for cabling length, documentation requirements, a commissioning checklist, topology diagrams, system sizing formulas, and tips for integrating with other systems. It explains the Fieldbus Intrinsic Safety Concept along with configuration and troubleshooting tips.
Due to the constant changes in technology, one chapter of this revised edition is devoted to new developments in the field. Appendices include nomenclature, a list of Fieldbus Foundation specifications, a resource list, and a helpful guide to acronyms.
More information about this resource can be found at www.isa.org/foundation .
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