Fieldbus Foundation demos solutions to Petrobras

Remote operations management (wireless) technology, ‘open’ digital infrastructure for assets.

The Fieldbus Foundation is to conduct a demonstration of its remote operations management (ROM) technology at Petrobras’ Cenpes* R&D facility. Petrobras is trialing the technology with a view to its deployment on the upstream and downstream projects that constitute its record three year $224 billion capital spending plan. The tests will be conducted on a distillation pilot plant to evaluate the use of ROM-based wireless devices for remote applications. Cenpes researcher Miguel Borges said, ‘The Fieldbus Foundation’s ROM solution is attractive to us. We want to access to diagnostic information from devices installed on our offshore platforms and other remote sites.’

Fieldbus Foundation CTO Dave Glanzer added, ‘This is the first demonstration of ROM’s capability prior to its specification in commercial projects. ROM lets end users remotely diagnose the condition of their automation assets and optimize preventive maintenance strategies.’

ROM is described as an ‘open’ digital infrastructure for asset management applications across tank farms, terminals, pipelines and offshore platforms. ROM integrates ISA 100.11a, HART and H1 protocols into a standard data management environment, extending Fieldbus’s scope into a ‘single source’ of data management, diagnostics, alarms and data QC. Other ROM tests are planned in India, Japan, the Middle East and Europe. Fieldbus members sponsoring the demonstrations include Emerson, Invensys, Honeywell and Yokogawa. More from Fielbus.

* Centro de Pesquisas Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Mello.

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