The objective of this project was to specify, implement, validate, demonstrate and promote a digital fieldbus for use at the lowest level of the industrial automation hierarchy. The fieldbus aims at replacing current technology and specific proprietary solutions.
A digital fieldbus for use at the lowest level of the industrial automation hierarchy was developed. The fieldbus replaces current technology and specific proprietary solutions. New functionalities of interworking with the higher of the factory levels were addressed. Within the communication profile, particular emphasis was placed on the application layer, function blocks and network management. Work performed on international standardization was analysed. Fieldbus profiles have been specified in a fieldbus implementation guide.
Fieldbus connections for field devices were implemented and demonstrated in an experimental pilot. The pilot contributed towards the validation of fieldbus technology in process control and discrete parts manufacturing applications, and showed the integration of the fieldbus with the higher level network communications network for manufacturing applications (CNMA) in the computer integrated manufacture (CIM) environment. Further experimental and real production pilots were specified, and interoperability and integration testing methodologies studied.
The results will contribute to the pre-normative process and to international standardisation work, particularly in the area of fieldbus.
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