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ISA publishes new book on the application of FOUNDATION Fieldbus

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (16 December 2015)The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces the publication of Applying FOUNDATION Fieldbus, a new ISA book that serves as a comprehensive and practical guide to the theory, engineering and implementation of FOUNDATION Fieldbus in process control systems.

The book, authored by Bharat Ratilal (B.R.) Mehta, Ph.D. and Jaganmohan (Y.J) Reddy, Ph.D., examines:

  • The theory of the operations and basic concepts of the FOUNDATION Fieldbus standards.
  • The different topologies and installation options available in FOUNDATION Fieldbus standards and their applications for enabling engineers to design control systems for solving industry problems.
  • The critical factors to consider  when using FOUNDATION Fieldbus -based host systems and field transmitters.
  • The pivotal issues in FOUNDATION Fieldbus from the perspective of an experienced practitioner at a leading company that was a major Foundation Fieldbus installation.

“This book is aimed at providing the knowledge that engineering and maintenance teams require in applying FOUNDATION Fieldbus,” explains Dr. Mehta, Senior Vice President at Reliance Industries Ltd., in Mumbai, India. “The technology benefits and areas for improvement are unbiased. And because the book is written from a user’s point of view, it bridges the gap between theory and technician-level coverage on a practical basis.”

Essential to the book, Dr. Mehta says, are its clear coverage of concepts and applications,  straightforward guidelines for implementing process control systems with FOUNDATION Fieldbus technology, and real-world examples of deployments that have translated theory into practice.

“The book offers a pragmatic approach to the subject, based on industrial experience and taking into account the latest technologies and professional practices,” he adds. “It’s suitable as an important introduction for junior-level professionals as well as an essential reference for more experienced practitioners.”

For more details, read the informative author interview

For greater perspective on the value and significance of Applying FOUNDATION Fieldbus, read the Q&A feature with Dr. Mehta. You’ll also find background on both book authors and learn how you can purchase a copy of the publication.

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (