The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the release of the Foundation Fieldbus H1 Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) 6.1.1. The H1 ITK is said to be an advanced testing solution benefitting both developers and end users of FOUNDATION fieldbus H1 devices.
The latest version reflects the increased focus of the Fieldbus Foundation on usability. The Fieldbus Foundation has already made enhancements to its Interoperability Test Kit (ITK) that make it easier for end users to replace ‘Like for Like’ devices. In other words, the procedure for replacing a device with a newer revision level of the same make and model of device is automated to allow the configuration in an existing field instrument to be restored in a newer version of that instrument without manual intervention.
The H1 ITK consists of a test engine, communication stack and function block interface card. An excellent tool for troubleshooting and debugging Foundation fieldbus instruments, it includes all hardware and software required to ensure complete device interoperability. By using the H1 ITK, instrument manufacturers can thoroughly test their devices prior to submitting their product for official registration with the Fieldbus Foundation. By ensuring conformance with the FOUNDATION fieldbus specification, developers are able to deliver robust products and enhancements to their users.
The H1 ITK 6.1.1 is available immediately to Fieldbus Foundation members holding active maintenance agreements and for new purchases.