Congratulations to the HART Communication Foundation. While many more people could be making use of the technology that probably already exists in their plants, many are using this open technology to expedite calibration and diagnose problems within the plant’s instrumentation.

In 2013 the HART Communication Foundation and its member companies celebrate 20 years serving the process automation industry. To commemorate this milestone, the Foundation (HCF) is hosting special End User Events in Europe, North America and Asia throughout 2013. The first of these free educational events is being held on Tuesday, 9 April in conjunction with Hannover Messe 2013 (8-12 April, Hannover, Germany).

“This 20th Anniversary event, HART: Benefits Today and Into the Future, provides an opportunity for end users to learn more about the benefits and value of using the full capabilities of the HART Protocol, HART applications, products, and the future of this field-proven technology,” says Ron Helson, Foundation Executive Director. “We invite HART users attending Hannover Messe to add this special event to their show calendar.”

The HART Communication Foundation 20th Anniversary User Event will be held in the Field Communication Lounge (Hall 9, Stand D76) at Hannover Messe on Tuesday, 9 April, 16:30-20:30. The event will include the presentation HART: An End User Success Story by Mr. Michael Pelz, Head of Process Optimization and Automation, Clariant and a panel discussion with Mr. Pelz, Mr. Gábor Bereznai, Head of Automation, MOL, Mr. David Eisner, Chief Engineer & Senior Engineering Fellow, Honeywell, and Mr. Helson with moderator Mr. David Humphrey, ARC Advisory Group Research Director-Europe. Guests will also enjoy networking with HART experts and users and a reception with food, drinks and world-class entertainment.

The anniversary events are sponsored by Foundation member companies ABB, Azbil, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, MACTek, Microcyber, Pepperl+Fuchs, ProComSol, Siemens, Supcon, and Yokogawa. Details on all 20th Anniversary events are available at

There are two concurrent events that evening at Hannover. But I’m skilled at being in two places at once. I will be there. The report will be posted with Automation World, who is paying for my trip to Germany. Yes, I’m not with them full-time anymore. But I still do some work for them.

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