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ISA Trans. 2009 Jan;48(1):132-41. doi: 10.1016/j.isatra.2008.07.005. Epub 2008 Aug 30.

A fieldbus simulator for training purposes.

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School Engineer of São Carlos - University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract

This article presents a fieldbus simulation platform and its remote access interface that enables a wide range of experiments, where users can configure operation sequences and procedures typical of Foundation Fieldbus systems. The simulation system was developed using LabVIEW, with requisites of deterministic execution, and a course management work frame web server called Moodle. The results were obtained through three different evaluations: schedule table execution, simulator functionality and finally, simulator productivity and achievement. The evaluation attests that this new tool is feasible, and can be applied for fieldbus automation systems training purposes, considering the robustness and stability in tests and the positive feedback from users.

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