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10.11 HART — the Premier Tool for Asset Management - Cut downtime and improve profits with the tools you already have - Do more with less. That’s the mantra of many industries today in North America or anywhere else around the globe. Companies no longer have employees that aren’t fully utilized—nobody has a couple of hours to grab a clipboard and some test equipment and go out in the plant to check the condition of field devices and final control elements. Besides, plants require hot work permits, safety information, workarounds and other time-consumers, making it highly unproductive to grab that clipboard and go. Companies around the world have begun formal programs to use the diagnostic data in their HART-smart instruments and control valve actuators and positioners by directly connecting them to the asset management systems in the maintenance department.
7.11 Get Connected to the Benefits of HART 7 - Suzanne Gill - Charles Larson was quoted in the HARTline Newsletter in In this story discussing the benefits of HART 7 it is highlighted that the introduction of HART 7 has “improved the ability of additional data and diagnostic information from devices” along with increasing “the awareness of users to the wealth of information in HART devices that can be used in plant efficiency.” From our valued sponsor Moore Industries.
HART Data into Non-HART Systems -
Many HART products are able to perform more than one measurement or output
function (e.g., make multiple process measurements, calculate process
information, and provide positioner feedback information). All of this
information can be easily accessed digitally. However, existing controllers or
interface equipment may not have the ability to read digital HART data. Products
are available that can read HART digital signals and convert them to analog
(4-20mA) and alarm trip (contact closure) information, which enables any
traditional analog control system to take full advantage of the benefits of
HART- communicating devices. From our
valued sponsor Moore
HART Monitors Extract Data from Smart Instruments - Simple Modules Expand Transmitter Usefulness - Greg Feliks - The HART digital signal often contains additional process measurements and other variables that may include instrument status, diagnostic data, alarms, calibration values and commands. In many cases, HART instruments were installed simply because they could be configured and diagnosed easily with a handheld HART communicator device. For a variety of reasons, the rest of the HART data often goes unused. One reason is because of the prohibitive cost of installing a plant-wide HART monitoring system. Another reason is the lack of familiarity with alternatives. A simple and cost effective solution for gathering HART information is to use a HART interface device only in the specific instances where it is needed most. Fortunately, HART interface devices, available from several manufacturers, make acquiring HART data a fairly simple proposition. This HART data is then made available to the control system via analog signals, discrete outputs or serial communications. From our valued sponsor Moore Industries.
HART Communications- An excellent 40 page technical paper from our valued sponsor Samson Controls - Field networks are not the only solution when plant operators want to use the advantages of smart field devices. The HART protocol provides many possibilities even for installations that are equipped with the conventional 4 to 20 mA technique. HART devices communicate their data over the transmission lines of the 4 to 20 mA system. This enables the field devices to be parameterized and started up in a flexible manner or to read measured and stored data (records). All these tasks require field devices based on microprocessor technology. These devices are frequently called smart devices. Introduced in 1989, this protocol has proven successful in many industrial applications and enables bidirectional communication even in hazardous environments. HART allows the use of up to two masters: the engineering console in the control room and a second device for operation on site, e.g. a PC laptop or a handheld terminal.
v Foundation Fieldbus – The Facts and
the Real Difference -Jim Russell - Thanks to ICEweb
The question is often asked “Why should I install Foundation Fieldbus™ when the features are all available with HART?” This White paper addresses this question, provides some of the answers and covers the following;
- The Technologies
- Differences, Advantages and Disadvantages
- Why some Manufacturers / Suppliers continue to push HART and put up a “Smokescreen”
- Brownfield and Greenfield Plants- What technology should be used
-Simple HART v FF Comparison Chart
8.12 Obtaining Stranded Information and Diagnostics - Most plants have hundreds, or even thousands, of HART devices, but not all of these are delivering the full range of process variables, calibration, maintenance and diagnostic data to plant operators and maintenance departments. This is because they have no means of delivering that data to the control room. One reason is that some legacy control systems are analogue, meaning they have no access to the digital HART data thus preventing operators from taking full advantage of the device intelligence. To achieve maximum insight, the existing control system must be upgraded by installing HART I/O interface cards and software modules - from SA Instrument & Control.
The following is from the HART Communication Foundation.
About the HART Protocol -The HART Protocol was developed in the mid-1980s by Rosemount Inc. for use with a range of smart measuring instruments. Originally proprietary, the protocol was soon published for free use by anyone, and in 1990 the HART User Group was formed. In 1993, the registered trademark and all rights in the protocol were transferred to the HART Communication Foundation (HCF). The protocol remains open and free for all to use without royalties. This technical section focuses on providing information that is relevant to the various aspects of the HART Protocol. We will discuss what it is, how it works, and the benefits of using the HART Protocol.
About WirelessHART Technology - WirelessHART technology (IEC Approved Standard - IEC 62591Ed. 1.0) provides a robust wireless protocol for the full range of process measurement, control, and asset management applications. Based on the proven and familiar HART Communication Protocol, WirelessHART enables users to quickly and easily gain the benefits of wireless technology while maintaining compatibility with existing devices, tools, and systems. The HART Communication Foundation, its member companies and the industry leaders developed WirelessHART technology to meet the unique requirements of wireless networks operating in process plants. just click on the links on the left of the page to read the pages covering an overview, how it works, applications, components, getting started and wireless HART resources.
The HART Application Guide - The HART Application Guide (174 pages and a whopping 5 Meg download) has been created by the HART Communication Foundation) to provide users of HART products with the information necessary to obtain the full benefits of HART digital instrumentation. The HART Communication Protocol is an open standard owned by the more than 230 HCF member companies. Products that use the HART protocol to provide both analog 4‐20A and digital signals provide flexibility not available with any other communication technology. There are four sections which provide an understanding of how the HART technology works, an insight on how to apply various features of the technology, and specific examples of applications implemented by HART protocol users around the world.
HART Communication: Driving New Product Developments - Since the first open communications protocols were introduced, there has been an accelerating industry move from traditional analog to intelligent instrumentation. The HART® Field Communications Protocol dominates this smart instrumentation marketplace. More than 14 million HART‐capable devices are installed worldwide. Seventy percent of all smart process measurement and control instruments installed each year communicate using HART technology.
The HART® Protocol – A Solution Enabling Technology - HART® Field Communications Protocol is widely accepted in the industry as the standard for digitally enhanced 4-20mA communication with smart field instruments. A wide range of products from an increasing number of suppliers is available today, and many more are in development. The enhanced two-way communication capability of instruments using the HART protocol can significantly improve plant information management, provide solutions to today's business challenges, and yield substantial cost savings. Initial installation/commissioning savings of $400 to $500 per instrument and annual maintenance/operations savings of $100 to $200 per instrument are commonly reported.
The Compelling Case for the World’s Most Used Digital Communications Protocol - Ron Helson - The impact of HART Communication on the process automation industry is immeasurable. No other field communication technology comes close—in size or scope of installation and overall effectiveness. HART is the industry’s most cost‐effective, easy to use and low‐risk communication solution, and a key enabler for asset management and process improvement.
Romilly's HART® and Fieldbus Web Site -This web site specialises in the digital communication protocols used in industrial automation, with special attention to HART.
For details on Wireless HART see ICEweb's Industrial Wireless Page.