Emerson picks Pepperl+Fuchs as exclusive Fieldbus interface partner for Australian mine

Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH is now the exclusive Fieldbus interface supplier, partnering with Emerson Process Management, for the minerals processing plant at the BHP Billiton nickel/cobalt mine and treatment facility under construction near Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. The new open-pit mine and minerals processing plant is part of a $1.4 billion project that will annually produce up to 50,000 tons of nickel and 1,400 tons of cobalt...

TWINSBURG, OH, Dec. 7, 2005 -- Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH is now the exclusive Fieldbus interface supplier, partnering with Emerson Process Management, for the minerals processing plant at the BHP Billiton nickel/cobalt mine and treatment facility under construction near Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. The new open-pit mine and minerals processing plant is part of a $1.4 billion project that will annually produce up to 50,000 tons of nickel and 1,400 tons of cobalt.

Emerson will install Pepperl+Fuchs' FieldConnex® installation system, a range of Foundation™ Fieldbus interface solutions which includes the Power Hub, a highly reliable and fully redundant passive power supply system, as well as field trunk/spur protection by means of segment protectors mounted in field junction boxes.

Pepperl+Fuchs FieldConnex (www.fleidconnex.info) will tie the field measurement instrumentation to Emerson's DeltaV™ digital automation system with AMS™ Suite predictive maintenance software. These key components of the company's PlantWeb™ digital plant architecture are at the core of the innovative digital approach that will include more than 2,000 smart digital field devices, making it the largest Foundation™ Fieldbus installation in Australia, and the largest application for mineral processing in the world.

Pepperl+Fuchs (www.us.pepperl-fuchs.com) is a world leader in the design, manufacture and application of high quality process automation products and services. Pepperl+Fuchs is the number one provider of hazardous area technology from intrinsic safety to purge and pressurization, on-line corrosion monitoring and Fieldbus.

Emerson Process Management (www.emersonprocess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp & paper, power, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, and project management, and maintenance services to help customers achieve the potential of their operations.

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