Foundation Fieldbus is an all-digital, serial, two-way communications system that serves as the base-level network in a plant or factory automation environment. It is an open architecture, developed and administered by the Foundation. It’s targeted for applications using basic and advanced regulatory control, and for much of the discrete control associated with those functions. Foundation Fieldbus technology is mostly used in process industries, but nowadays it is being implemented in power plants also.
FOUNDATION Fieldbus is based on a transfer optimized for intrinsically safe application. The transfer technology is internationally standardized in IEC 61158.
For FOUNDATION Fieldbus the data and energy supply for the field devices can be directed through a 2-wire cable.
FOUNDATION Fieldbus enables device-to-device communication ("control in the field").
FOUNDATION FIELD BUS & PCS 7:
1. Seamless system integration ( such as PROFIBUS PA, HART, I/O) via high speed system backbone
Central configuration & parameterization
Complete asset management support via PCS 7 Maintenance Station / PDM
2. H.I.S.T (Host Interoperability Test) certified Host according FF-569
Device tag & address assignment
Configuration of Link Master devices
Block tag configuration
Standard & enhanced Blocks
Function block linkage configuration
Device description service
3. Redundancy on all levels