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Monday, September 1, 2014

HART Communication Foundation to Host Free Event, Celebrate 20 Years

The HART Communication Foundation will host a free one-day event for end-users on June 27 (8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) at the Marriott Westchase hotel in Houston. The event, HART: Benefits Today and Into the Future, will include presentations by end-users and suppliers, a panel discussion, three technology workshops, and a networking reception. This event is free for users, but seating is limited and registration is required.

“This year the Foundation celebrates 20 years serving the process automation industry. To commemorate this milestone, we are hosting 20th anniversary events where users can learn more about the benefits and value of using the full capabilities of HART technology,” said Ron Helson, the foundation’s executive director. “We invite HART users to attend and learn how to save money and improve operations using HART Communication.”

The event features two user presentations that demonstrate the actual cost savings and benefits achieved using HART technology in real-world applications. A presentation by Dow Chemical Co., called Delivering Value through an Instrument Reliability Program, will be presented by Christopher Garcia, instrument and electrical technology leader, and Shadrach Stephens, electrical engineer. A presentation by We Energies, Smart Instrumentation-Past, Present and Future, will be presented by Todd Gordon, computer instru­ment technician leader.

The speakers will then join Helson and David Eisner, chief engineer and senior engineering fellow at Honeywell, in a panel discussion moderated by Harry Forbes, senior analyst at ARC Advisory Group.

Event activities continue with three educational technology workshops that include live demonstrations of HART and WirelessHART communication. The workshops conducted by industry experts from major suppliers are: Using the Power of HART Device Diagnostics to Lower Operating Costs and Improve Performance, New Options for HART Data System Integration, and An Introduction and Applications Using WirelessHART Technology.

The event concludes with a presentation by Foundation Chairman of the Board Mark Schumacher, who is president and general manager of Emerson’s Rosemount Pressure Business, followed by a networking reception and 20th anniversary gala celebration.

The anniversary events are sponsored by ABB, Analog Devices, ARC Advisory Group, Azbil, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, MACTek, Microcyber, MOL, Moore Industries, Nivis, Pepperl+Fuchs, ProComSol, Siemens, Supcon, and Yokogawa.

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