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Popular ISA Book Expands Coverage on Fieldbus Communications

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (27 March 2012) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it has produced a new technical publication, Foundation Fieldbus, Fourth Edition, by Ian Verhappen and Augusto Pereira.

The fourth edition of Foundation Fieldbus significantly expands the subject matter of the earlier editions of this popular book, not only to help readers stay current with this evolving technology, but also to enhance their understanding of Fieldbus. This edition provides in-depth coverage on Fieldbus communications and configuration, including calculation of macrocycle for Control-in-Field and in the host system and how the different forms of communication on the H1 Network work with each other to make Control-in-Field possible, including the use of these different methods to optimize network bandwidth.

More comprehensive step-by-step procedures are discussed for each stage of a typical Foundation™ Fieldbus installation: inspection and electric commissioning to ensure cable integrity, H1 Network commissioning, configuration and communications tests in the segments and spurs. Several new photographs and explanations help emphasize the proper installation procedures so readers can quickly identify and prevent potential problems when installing Fieldbus systems.

The fourth edition explains Foundation Fieldbus in a convenient, easy-to-understand way, regardless of the reader's level of experience, whether a novice wanting to learn what Foundation Fieldbus is all about or an experienced user looking for a few more tips and a single handy reference.

The authors, Ian Verhappen and Augusto Pereira, are renowned engineers who are experts in Foundation Fieldbus technology and have been involved in its development since 1994.

About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Automation Federation (