Catching the Process Fieldbus: An Introduction to PROFIBUS for Process Automation


James Powell
Henry Vandelinde

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J?rg Freitag, former Chairman of PROFIBUS International enthuses, 'the book is an excellent appetizer - a great introduction to the world of PROFIBUS.' Industrial communications are a multidimensional, occasionally confusing, mixture of fieldbuses, software packages, and media. The intent of this book is to make it all accessible. When industrial controls communication is understood and then installed with forethought and care, network operation can be both beneficial and painless. To that end, the book is designed to speak to you, whether you're a beginner or interested newbie, the authors guide you through the bus route to communication success. However, this is not a how-to manual. Rather, think of it as a primer laying the groundwork for controls communication design, providing information for the curious to explore and motivation for the dedicated to go further.

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James Powell

James Powell

As a Business Developer, PI Communications, for Siemens Canada Limited, James Powell, P.Eng, provides technical expertise and leadership on industrial communications. He has over 20 years experience with protocols including: PROFIBUS, HART, Foundation Fieldbus, Modbus, DeviceNet, and various Ethernet protocols. He is a certified PROFIBUS DP network Engineer and a certified PROFINET network Engineer. He has numerous published articles and technical papers and is an active member of both PROFIBUS International and Fieldbus Foundations.

Henry Vandelinde

Henry Vandelinde, Ph.D, is Marketing Services Manager, PI Global Training, with Siemens Milltronics Process Instruments. A 12-year senior manager, he designed and developed the world-class training facilities—training in excess of 6000 people per year—in Peterborough, Ontario; Dalian, China; and Karlsruhe, Germany. Additionally, he developed introductory and specialized instrumentation courses and implemented an e-learning program into Siemens Process Instruments.