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Fieldbus Foundation Adds Regional Training Centers

February 242005
Foundation expands training network to keep pace with fieldbus adoption

VIENNA, Austria, February 23, 2005 – The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting its 2005 General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, today announced that its has added two regional FOUNDATION™ fieldbus training sites in response to rapid adoption of the technology throughout major global industrial markets. The new certified fieldbus training facilities include Yanshan Simulation Training Center (operated by Sinopec Corp.) in Beijing, China, and Tri-State University in Angola, Indiana, USA.

In addition to the Yanshan and Tri-State University sites, certified fieldbus training is offered at Waseda University, Waseda, Japan; Shipping & Transport College (STC), Brielle, The Netherlands; Lee College Fieldbus Center, Baytown, TX, USA; and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

FOUNDATION fieldbus is an all-digital, two-way communications system that interconnects field equipment on a single network. An enabling technology, it supports a true distributed automation architecture, and is intended for use in mission-critical environments where the proper transfer and handling of data, and control loop integrity, are essential.

With FOUNDATION fieldbus, users realize significant operational improvements and business benefits. These include: reduced downtime, greater manufacturing flexibility, reduced process variability, improved asset utilization, lower maintenance costs, higher quality products, improved safety, and enhanced regulatory compliance.

According to Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney, the need to reduce operating expenses (OPEX) and capital expenses (CAPEX), and improve plant asset management, is driving end user demand for fieldbus training.

“Industrial manufacturers recognize that FOUNDATION fieldbus is a plant automation solution that helps improve their business performance,” said Timoney. “Due to growing adoption of this technology, leading educational institutions around the world are seeking to offer certified fieldbus instruction. The addition of two more regional training sites shows how the Fieldbus Foundation and its members are partnering with the academic and industrial communities to enable the implementation of fieldbus-based controls.”

Timoney added, “For end users, regional training is recognized as a distinct value in all of the high demand areas we now serve. Our partner training centers demonstrate their leadership by bringing fieldbus courses to their local areas.”

For more information about FOUNDATION fieldbus training, go to www.fieldbus.org or call 512.794.8890, Ext. 21.

About Sinopec Corp.
Sinopec Corp. is the first Chinese company that has been listed in Hong Kong, New York, London and Shanghai. Sinopec Corp. is an integrated energy and chemical company with upstream, midstream and downstream operations. The principal operations of Sinopec and its subsidiaries include: exploring, developing, producing and trading crude oil and natural gas; processing crude oil into refined oil products; producing, trading, transporting, distributing and marketing refined oil products; and producing and distributing chemical products. The Company is one of the largest crude oil and petrochemical companies in China and Asia. For additional information, please visit www.sinopec.com.cn.

About Tri-State University
Founded in 1884, Tri-State University is a private, non-denominational baccalaureate and master's degree-granting institution. TSU is known for its dedication to providing students with a work-ready education that emphasizes leadership development and practical skills. Students choose TSU for its commitment to quality, personalized education, and for the competitive scholarships and financial aid programs that TSU offers. The institution currently enrolls 1,450 students at its main campus and regional centers.

About the Fieldbus Foundation™
The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 350 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.

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