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SPECIAL SECTION and successfully connected to the plant's network. Commissioning and configuring field devices typ- ically is one of the final, critical tasks before a plant can be formally started up. However, completing these tasks accurately and on time often winds up being a critical hurdle before actual production. Configuration and commissioning must be performed for each device—each with many configurable parameters. With many devices in a typical process plant installation, technicians have mountains of data to enter and verify. For example, a typical guided wave radar level and in- terface transmitter has more than 500 parameters to configure. During commissioning and startup at Inter Pipeline's Pioneer 2 facility, approximately 700 HART instruments from different suppliers were connected throughout the plant. However, inter- mittent failures occurred with specialized radar and magnetic level measurement instruments. These devices are part of a crucial safety control system in voted configuration, whereby taking sensor signals and comparing them in the central processing unit (CPU) and executing the applica- tion logic accomplishes the voting elements. Inter Pipeline's lead instrumentation and con- trol engineer, Japan Shah, stated, "Voting degrada- tion on Pioneer 2's safety system had the potential to cause unwanted downtime and also lowered confidence in the installed instrumentation. This situation was unacceptable to plant management and created an urgent need to an effective device troubleshooting and maintenance solution." Integration and data delivery agility To optimize device configuration and com- missioning and ensure the continued safety of plant personnel and assets, Inter Pipeline's project team employed FDT for smart instru - mentation information monitoring. Recog- nized as an international (IEC 62453), North American (ISA-103), and Chinese (GB/T 29618) standard, this enabling technology creates a common communication method between devices and control or monitoring systems for life-cycle management—to configure, operate, maintain, and diagnose intelligent assets. FDT remains one of the automation indus - try's best-kept embedded software secrets. It is not a communication protocol, but rather an integration and data delivery technology powered by an open architecture that is inde - pendent of protocols and vendors. This allows seamless interoperability and integration in support of fully connected operations. The data collected by various management systems from field instruments and other assets can be used to schedule preventive maintenance—avoiding costly plant downtime from breakdowns. Ongoing advancement of FDT leverages ma- jor developments like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 through the FDT IIoT Server to help end users realize the potential of decentralization, interoperability, integration, as well as a unified view of all data and functions across process, factory and hybrid control appli- cations. FDT technology comprises two main software components: the FDT Device Type Manager (FDT/DTM) and the FDT FRAME. The FDT/DTM is a software component for an intelligent de- vice or communica- tion component within a digital network. It is similar to a device driv- er (like the driver used to set up a new printer), FAST FORWARD l Proper device configuration and commissioning are vital for a reliable and safe industrial facility. l Canadian company Inter Pipeline streamlined plant startup and safety procedures with smart instrumentation information monitoring and asset management. l Open access to device intelligence enhanced reliability, reduced fail- ures, and improved startup times. INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 39 Figure 1. Inter Pipeline's Pioneer 2 plant is a testament to innovation in the production of NGLs and olefins, and the reduction of emissions. Figure 2. Today's "connected plant" can only be a reality if instruments are properly set up and connected to the plant's network.

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