Contact Info: Dan Dumdie
Hightech Multimedia Tutorials
Hightech Multimedia Tutorials Announces Foundation Fieldbus Concepts Release
A comprehensive self-paced learning modules now available on CD-ROM
PORT ANGELES, Washington, December 19, 2001 – Hightech Multimedia Tutorials (HMT) today announced the release of a new comprehensive fieldbus training tool. Foundation Fieldbus Concepts is essentially the only easy-to-follow Foundation Fieldbus training tool on the market. The tutorial consists of a multimedia presentation and includes a graphic text-based PDF file for hard copy. “It is targeted for users who wish to learn both introductory and advanced Foundation Fieldbus concepts without reading through the specification” says tutorial designer Dan Dumdie.
Dumdie has thirty years experience in the process industries. He assumed overall responsibility for the first interoperable Foundation Fieldbus installation using instruments from multiple suppliers on June 3, 1997 in the pulp and paper industry. He has published articles on fieldbus and other process control topics in numerous technical trade journals, including a series on advanced process control for InTech magazine. He also coauthored the TAPPI Press textbook Process Control Fundamentals for the Pulp and Paper Industry and has patented instrumentation designs.
The tutorial is suited for students, technicians, engineers and the sales force. It was designed because of a general lack of good Foundation Fieldbus training resources.
Foundation Fieldbus Concepts uses narrated graphic slide shows to present material. It is laid out in a logical fashion from introductory to advanced concepts and can serve as both a learning guide and a reference guide. It uses a standard tree structure for graphical user interface. Specific topics are easily found using Adobe® Acrobat® reader’s powerful search engine.
The Tutorial provides an excellent introduction and then covers the physical and user layers for installation and configuration. The communication stack, bus scheduling, device addressing and plug and play operation are covered in detail. Fieldbus benefits are discussed as are comparisons with the DCS and with Profibus PA. The tutorial also covers interoperability and provides an introduction to Foundation High-Speed Ethernet.
The tutorial is compatible with Windows® 98, Me, NT4.0, 2000, and XP. System requirements include an IBM or compatible PC with VGA graphics adapter and monitor capable of 256 colors and 800 x 600 minimum resolution. A Pentium P120 or better is required and a sound card with speakers or headphones, a CD ROM drive 32x or faster, a mouse, and 3MB of free hard drive space.
The only student prerequisite is a basic understanding of process control loops used in the process industries. Familiarity with 4-20 ma technology and the general architecture and function of Distributed Control Systems are helpful.
HMT is offering the complete tutorial for $359 (US). Educational institutions, students, or anyone considering a purchase of multiple copies should contact HMT for information about discount pricing. Orders are accepted on-line at www.hmtutorials.com