The 8-Part Fieldbus Voting Fiasco

By : Jim Pinto,
San Diego, CA.

The IEC has voted - wow!
Albeit "unofficial" now….
The 8-part standard really is
Just a joke in the fieldbus biz

To make the standard fully "official"
The secretary must count and initial
It must be reviewed by the Committee of Action
Which requested the revision for satisfaction

Suppliers with the big bucks ruled
End-users just feel ridiculed
Official announcement by end of Jan
Though it may be delayed by procedural ban

For a single standard the end-users implored
But it seems that they were simply ignored
After squabbles and threats and fits and starts
They voted on seven additional parts

The Convenor commented very sadly
That end-users were treated very badly
Multipart is no standard at all
But only a license for suppliers to brawl

This standards fiasco confuses the choices
End users simply had no voices
The ideal standard all agree
Is only described in poetry.......

Jim Pinto comments :

In early January 2000, the IEC "unofficially" voted in favor of an 8-part Fieldbus standard. This even was reported in business-like prose by ISA at:

Click to see the ISA news-story on the Fieldbus VoteISA story on the Fieldbus Vote

It seems unbelievable that anyone could vote to make 8 non-interoperable industrial networks a "standard". I felt that this somewhat comical paradox should best be described in poetry....

Please note, all the points in my poem accurately reflect the items in the ISA report.

I'll appreciate your comments and feedback.

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