The Fieldbus Foundation recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary. As a not-for-profit trade organisation dedicated to fieldbus technology, the foundation led the effort to develop an open, interoperable, international fieldbus protocol. The resulting technology – Foundation fieldbus – changed the face of industrial automation.
To date, the Fieldbus Foundation has tested and registered 577 unique fieldbus products. Approximately two million field devices are now in service, with more than 20 000 systems installed worldwide. Device and host test tools evolve to reflect the ongoing technical developments to the Foundation specifications.
Based on the most recent market data, compiled in 2011, Foundation fieldbus accounted for approximately 74% of the total process fieldbus market. Total sales were $1,3 billion USD and growing faster than the overall total fieldbus market.
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