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Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2005 General Assembly Agenda

January 062005
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 5, 2005 - The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the agenda for its 2005 General Assembly, to be held on Wednesday, February 23, and Thursday, February 24, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Vienna, Austria. This year¹s event, themed ³Plant-wide Integration: HSE+H1,² will include an end user-oriented program featuring automation industry leaders, FOUNDATION fieldbus case studies, technical training workshops and tabletop product demonstrations.

Highlighting the General Assembly agenda will be keynote addresses by Mr. Rajah Jayendran, director of technical services at the Bayer Integrated Site Caojing, and Dr. Gunther Kegel, chief executive officer of Pepperl+Fuchs Mannheim. Mr. Jaydendran will discuss the importance of leading edge automation solutions such as FOUNDATION fieldbus to today¹s manufacturers, while Dr. Kegel will address the importance of innovative technologies from a supplier¹s viewpoint.

The 2005 General Assembly program offers workshops for process control vendors, end users and contractors focusing on the key issues of plant-wide integration with FOUNDATION fieldbus. Attendees will receive valuable information concerning fieldbus installations and advancements, together with user case studies demonstrating the benefits of the technology. Foundation member companies will also display their latest FOUNDATION fieldbus devices and host systems as part of a tabletop exhibit.

On Wednesday, February 23, the General Assembly will kick off with a series of end user case studies. Presenters include: Leen van der Reiden, Shin-Etsu (³FOUNDATION fieldbus: The New Standard of Shin-Etsu PVC BV²); Sven Seinsch, Infraserv (³Maintenance Requirements NE107²); and Ian Verhappen, ICE-Pros, Inc. (³FF Economics and Modeling Tool²). Mr. Verhappen, who currently serves as chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation End User Advisory Council (EUAC), will also present ³What is the EUAC?² Stephen Mitschke, Fieldbus Foundation product manager, will provide an update on worldwide fieldbus activities. A cocktail welcome reception will follow with keynotes by Dr. Kegel and Mr. Jayendran.

The General Assembly commences on Thursday, February 24, with fieldbus technology workshops. The afternoon program will include end user presentations by John Mosher, Honeywell (³FF and NeSSI²); Luay Al-Awami, Saudi Aramco (³Middle East Paper²); Chris Baltus, DSM (³The Next Step: Using Fieldbus for Safety Applications²); and Herman Storey, Shell Global Solutions (³An End User View²). The event will conclude with an open panel discussion involving leading fieldbus experts, and closing comments by Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney.

The 2005 General Assembly follows recent, successful Fieldbus Foundation events in the Americas, Asia/Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa ­ including CIS). These end user and developer-based gatherings demonstrated the continued growth of FOUNDATION fieldbus in the control and instrumentation market, and acknowledged worldwide industry support for the technology.

For more information about the 2005 General Assembly, please visit the Fieldbus Foundation¹s website at www.fieldbus.org or email [email protected] . Registration information can be found at www.fieldbus.org/email/ga05registration.pdf

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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