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HART Communication Software

12/08/2009 9:00 PM

I am looking for a HART software to install on my work laptop to interrogate SMART transmitters. I have received a quote from Yokogawa. I have been told that there are some free softwares which I can use. Is there anyone who can recomend one. If there are free softwares why then would one want to buy one? If I download a free from the internet where will I get the modem to connect my laptop to the SMART device.

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Re: HART Communication Software

12/08/2009 9:17 PM

Pactware is freeware for HART configuration. Mainly supported by West European manufacturers. Device specific drivers, DTM's, are needed to do anymore than the generic HART commands. Yokogawa is listed on the Pactware's DTM web page.

http://www.pactware.com/

HART modems connect to a PC via USB.

To find a HART modem, http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=USB+HART+modem

I like the Mactek because it's never balked yet. I ordered another brand, it didn't come with a driver and no one seemed interested in providing a link for one. Caveat Emptor.

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Re: HART Communication Software

12/09/2009 1:48 PM

Hi

Fieldcare is great software for doing this

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Re: HART Communication Software

12/09/2009 11:23 PM

is this fieldcare is free software? and how to find a modem for this ....instead of HART if i have filedbus devices then should i go for another modem?

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Re: HART Communication Software

01/03/2010 7:22 PM

I would bet that FieldCare is Endress & Hauser's (E&H) version of Pactware, the non-brand-labeled free HART configuration toolkit.

I wondered why E&H's name does not appear on the list of Pactware vendors on the Pactware site, but given that a DTM written for PACTware can be implemented one-to-one in any other FDT environment and (from the E7H site) "iDTM technology combines HART EDDs and DTMs in a FDT Frame Application to allow information access to the vast majority of installed equipment", both Pactware and FieldCare are doing the same thing.

It isn't unlikley that a manufacturer the size of E&H would produce their own controlled version with their own logo.

In answer to the questions,

1) Is Fieldcare free? Yes. So is Pactware. Fieldcare is downloadable from the E&H site (search downloads).

In addition, device specific DTMs are needed for each device.

2) Yes, Fieldcare needs a HART modem for HART devices. Any software needs a HART modem for HART devices because HART is not a communications physical link that is native to anything in the PC world.

3) A quick read on the E&H site says that Foundation Fieldbus (FF) is forthcoming. Is it here now? I don't know. You'd have to check with E&H or do finer reading to see if the Fieldcare current version handles FF and what hardware is needed for communication. You undoubtably need some hardware (a 'modem') to convert to the electrical standard and protocol the FF uses.

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Re: HART Communication Software

12/10/2009 5:24 AM

See these: Products/Services for Hart Interface

I think it would be wise to explore Javascript and the small computers that is run by Java as a operating system and to make your own Java compatible interface. In doing this your looking at ultra small form factors, a Javascript computer can fit in a matchbox and you know what this means when your connecting devices to it from inside a wall it's like the size of a wall outlet and yes it can work as a wireless solution so make it talk through bluetooth and save even more money using a cellphone being off the service provider (network service), no charges to their services apply in this way when using a Game or a Application. Java J2ME is supported by most AT&T cellphones used in Applications and Games, Try a Nokia Brand. If you write these make certain your certifying the Apps as Symbian signed and they pass the Java Verified Testing.

You have seen the pill sized Video Transmitter that doctors tell you to swallow before, well they have a miniature transmitter in them that the doctor can watch as the pill-camera passes through you and he can record everything, another more expensive pill-camera has a guidance system built-in so it can maneuver inside you and this method is better than insertion of a tube camera. Another device is almost the same but is employed on a Surveillance Video Camera Equipped Bumble Bee that rides on his back and Bee Keepers can train them to guard and protect a vicinity.

Interfacing a computer to a external receiver is better than insertion of a expansion card, you then could use a Bearcat Scanner if you have the software for that and have many frequencies available for your use. For connecting serial devices use any RS-232, RS-422, and RS-485 are standard interfaces approved by the Electronic Industries Association (EIA). Otherwise get a cellphone and a wireless receiver made or make it yourself ultra small no bigger than a Quarter. If nothing else use a CarJack that tunes AM/FM Radio frequencies to receive.

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Re: HART Communication Software

12/10/2009 5:47 AM

Hi Guest,

The listed items may be just fine for you. But you could also do a search on this site for HART software.

Here is a link to a search for HART software and thread details on this site.

HART Software on CR4

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12/10/2009 10:20 AM

Great BabyBear, he should check into that.

However if Hart Software is not utilizing J2ME and cellular wireless programming then everyone is overpaying for Hart Software. Hart could be using Windows Power Shell, C+, C++, Python, etc. plus never ever consider Mobile Development. My suggestion was a Nokia phone which AT&T supports, you have to be able to use the phone to download a program you have written and had uploaded to a free website onto the phone to use it when in OFF Mode (so no calls can be made & there is no bill for using the phone Application, no minutes deducted) to the Service Provider such as AT&T etc. and several companies support J2ME. Java ME was formerly known as Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME). Sun doesn't provide any J2ME JRE for the Microsoft Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) based devices. Also PersonalJava known by the code name "Captain America" is no longer available. If you intent to program chips and make the boards this is good for a Embedded Java Operating System, loads of memory is not needed for it to function as a computer or other specific device which is a fixed configuration. A Java Virtual Machine needs a strict subset of the Java-class libraries to operate found in all Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) & Connected Device Configuration (CDC) Embedded Devices like Set-Top Boxes and PDAs.

Here is a listing:

Also See - Java ME Technology: http://java.sun.com/javame/technology/
Also See - Performance database of Java ME compatible devices: http://www.jbenchmark.com/
Also See - J2ME Authoring Tool LMA Users Network: http://hotlavasoftware.com/
Also See - Microjava.com: http://archive.microjava.com/
Also See - MicroJvm : Real-time J2ME platforms for embedded systems: http://www.is2t.com/

File Connection and PIM: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=75
SVG 1.0: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=226
Web Services: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=172
Security and Trust Services: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=177
Java Bindings for the OpenGL ES API: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=239

Bluetooth: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_APIs_for_Bluetooth
Also See - http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=82
Nokia's Developer Hub Java pages: http://www.forum.nokia.com/java
Nokia S60 Java Runtime blogs: http://blogs.s60.com/java
Sony Ericsson Developer World: http://developer.sonyericsson.com/
Motorola Developer Network: http://developer.motorola.com/
Samsung Mobile Developer's site: http://developers.samsungmobile.com/
Sprint Application Developer's Website: http://developer.sprint.com/
Advanced Multimedia Supplements (AMMS): http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=234
Mobile Service Architecture: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=248
Mobile Sensor API: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=256
Mobile Internationalization API: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=238
Mobile High Level 3D Graphics: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=184
Smartphone: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone
JSR 232: Mobile Operational Management An advanced OSGi technology based platform for mobile computing: http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=232
JavaFX Mobile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JavaFX_Mobile

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Re: HART Communication Software

12/10/2009 11:08 AM

Hi CJ,

I appreciate the mention.

And you have listed just 'one or two' sites yourself! Well done.

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12/10/2009 12:48 PM

There's plenty more to this, but much of it is being particular to patented devices and has a higher price esp. for the software for that particular device. What we see on shelves now is a thumbnail Network USB plug-in that is Bluetooth for under ten dollars cost to communicate to a wireless that supports Bluetooth and the computer allowing downloads from a cellular phone to the computer. What I want to see is the Bluetooth Cable Modem, I bet that Google has that one centered in on their developer's system inking away each day cause they now have ISP status but not accepting new members to connect freely to the Internet to make calls freely on any phone using their Google App. I could mention Google links but there are so many. J2ME could do Spreadsheets upon request, I would be interested in a small J2ME device to send instructions to complete a task by another machine that would then act robotically more like a floor vaccuum cleaner but carry eData it picks off Java computers as it passes them from place to place without having to have a houseboy handling hard copy but on a small size, embedded in the wall & in the ceiling. This is getting into artificial intelligence for a robotic controller distributing data for machinery responding to alerts and dumping off data at temporary retrieval spots. A Bridge to everywhere - wireless saves on the budget of not using metals & less dangerous than microwave tubes.

I see lots of nice transportation systems but the designers are way over the head of government to fund their patent on a large scale while in a smaller environment without having human interaction they would make a serious addition for a factory moving things from storage and have no distraction of their being operational.

Bluetooth handles video or document files so the balance in technology is served. Google Voice Gets New Free VoIP Service (November 13, 2009), Google Officially Acquired Gizmo5. Gizmo5 is free, and Google offers a great deal of free services. Gizmo5 will overtake the well known eBay IM Service known as Skype one day and it will show those people that Verison is just not a good service either and many will choose to communicate with Google Gizmo5. The hold-up surrounds free connect to the Internet, right now using the Free Google Public DNS Service: IP addresses 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 as your DNS servers. The big deal is that 3G took another step up the G ladder to 4G and this will crush the cellular market if everyone has to depend on the INternet to bank with the new Internet Tax it is not feasible to do financial things anymore while the Chinese have had phones capable to do long account numbers and is a electronic credit card in many languages but few Chinese people have one so this is a rating China is not boasting much about and America refuses to allow sales of those phones here and I think Government is wrong in adding a Internet Tax pushing the people into having to have Internet on cellular phones. I do not see eBay making Skype 4G wireless!

Gizmo5: http://gizmo5.com/
Gizmo5 Mobile Project: http://www.gizmoproject.com/

Google Docs basics: http://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=49008
Accessing Google Docs on your mobile phone: http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=77428
Google spreadsheets: http://docs.google.com/support/bin/static.py?hl=en&page=guide.cs&guide=20322

Google Maps works with the following devices:
Android-powered devices
Most Java-enabled (J2ME) mobile phones
Palm devices with Palm webOS and Palm OS 5+
All color BlackBerry devices
Windows Mobile devices with Windows Mobile 5.0+
All 3G Symbian devices

Certain features, including My Location (beta) and Google Latitude, may not be supported on some devices.
Google Maps for mobile doesn't work with BREW-enabled devices, including certain Verizon phones.
Some mobile services providers may restrict data usage by applications. Such is the case with Comcast due to Bandwidth.
Presentations are only supported on the iPhone.

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Re: HART Communication Software

12/10/2009 1:39 PM

Hi CJ,

You have given a pretty detailed outline of what you are looking for, thanks you.

You may already know of these sites I list below. I list them to hopefully help you.

Good luck and keep in touch about this.

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12/10/2009 7:11 PM

Right babybear, I got those links I am studying this situation closely, I shall keep my mind on the ball while I witness just how bad the game is beginning to become for Consumer's whom are getting the worst deal from Government since there has been a big involvement in satisfying automakers from when they went into business. I recall the electric models were just as fancy and had just as much potential as did gasoline autos and there were some off beat cars & trucks that burned swamp gas with large bags above them holding the gas and some cars & trucks that burned wood to make steam for electricity.Spooky now days we can be sitting at a red light and right next to us stops a rocket powered motorcycle and behind us a electric car and on the other side of the four way a electric motorcycle that is a trike but overhead is a flying automobile/plane that is aiming to land on the crossroad then some guy with a rocket pack strapped to his back zooms down from above and holds up a sign - Please Wait so this automobile/plane can land. I don't know where our leadership is coming from but I do know that with every 100 years we will have less and less Oil till there is none and Natural Gas will perhaps start being rationed and our troops will probably still be following after some irresponsible woman as a President saying that is what they want to do so I'm not stopping them now or never knowing they may have to wish their way home without fuel to bring our troops home they're up the creek being anywhere else.

Its been educational as well as entertaining here on Globalspec and I hope to be here when the world comes to see the Rights of American's and starts to boycott our Government if our Government does not change everything to help Consumers and to stop taxing American Workers and American Business. I figure "Out To Lunch Signs" will be used inside the UN Assembly Building on every desk if and when America is to talk to the world. So quite I can already hear the pin dropping right now.

I hope our Guest has gotten a better idea of what he is looking for here and might decide to join us in a celebration one day. We could have a very big business symposium in Thailand, or China if the prices of transportation would decrease, China has no Compressed Air Cars or Compressed Air Bus Transit and that would be a fine investment for tourism esp for their Casino & Hotel that opened this September, see the China Transit Cost from Hong Kong to Melco-Crown in Macau. Keep posted on the Stock of US Melco Crown Entertainment. Ltd. cause it should work out just right.

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12/11/2009 1:12 PM

Hi CJ,

Just a thought and off the top of my head completely.....................

Have you thought about Linux, being "open Source" it is their Religion to publish for all to see. They may have something you can work with?

When it comes to mobile phones and various others items of wireless communication I think we, the public, are in the hands of those who invest millions and or billions in these types of communications devices.

I see a Guest has said you are wasting your time? Well, someone thought and invented the HART stuff. That person may just now be working in a completely different environment and wanting to build or has built a similar more advance device perhaps? It only takes a single person to have a thought and a computer to work through that thought and have the foresight to see what a particular piece of wireless electronics can do for computing and or business, and a whole new industry starts. Just like Sony did when they started designing and selling tiny tape players. Then CD and now Blu-Ray disks!

I do not pretend to understand the intricacies of most electronics but, I am willing to try and use it to my advantage! HART was new to me about a year ago and I am still learning about it and its potential and all its uses, other than perhaps the original design spec'?

We have '3D' leading right now to '4D'................... what next?

Take care and keep in touch.

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Re: HART Communication Software

12/11/2009 12:48 AM

You are wasting your time.... as a quick response. These are deveploped by highly professional people of commercial companies and as these are meant for commercial use I still feel there is a little chance to get it free. How ever I pray for a success.

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Re: HART Communication Software

03/13/2012 9:36 AM

Time to blow some dust off this thread since HART and 4-20mA aren't dead yet (actually, neither is pneumatics but that's another story... )

I'm trying to discover if anyone has successfully developed a HART FDT for Linux yet?

The closest I've found so far is experimental ( http://hartprotocollite.codeplex.com/ )

and the developers state that it should run under the equivalent to .NET (known as Mono) on Linux and OSX.

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Re: HART Communication Software

07/28/2012 3:29 AM

Hi,

I wrote a 'test' tool that is very helpful when developing your field device. It runs on Linux and it may come available under GPL V3 licence. I would be pleased if other community members would wield out bugs and or improve the tool.

It honors the datalink timing requirements _very_ close and can work with a burst mode device on the loop. It can be run in Primary or Secondary master mode, as Burst Mode monitor (it displays the bursted messages as they pass) or as Line Monitor. It runs in a console or xterm and is text (curses) based. It supports 16 bits commands. It does _not_ support aggregated command mode at this moment. Some command definitions have not yet been entered in the database.

It uses a MySQL database for the 'layout' of request and response fields. The database fields include: type, size, prompt string and x,y location on the screen.

I used to run 3 instances, each with their own Hart modem, the same time, as Primary master, Secondary master and Burst Listen mode.

The tool makes it easy to spot anomalies in the device operation i.e. statuses change unexpectedly or values change suddenly (pointer errors). It has a repeat mode for read (and write) commands.

A simple config file defines details w.r.t. serial port, database name,user,location etc. On the command line it is possible to (re) define the serial port. It has a command line option to accommodate for ftdi USB serial ports (single and 8 port) habits.

The tool is not fit for 'production' environments and should never be applied as an official HartMaster.

For maintenance of the (request/response layout) database I use a Perl-TK tool which has the elementary functionality to create, change, find and /or delete records.

I want to know if there is any interest for such things.

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Hart(r) is a trademark of The Hart Communications Foundation

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Re: HART Communication Software

08/27/2012 6:10 AM

Hello,

It could be possible with the Hart Master Tool I wrote. It may come avialable under GPL3 only. The tool honors the datalink timing very close and works with burst devices on the Hart bus. The tool can be primary master, secundary master or burst listen mode.

I will be more than happy to provide additional info.

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Re: HART Communication Software

05/22/2013 11:36 PM

Krohne has HART communication software called PACTware 4.1 you can download for free on there website. To communicate with their devices you have to also download a DTM for each different type of meter. Then you use a viator with a USB connection to tie into the hart communications through the analog output. The Viator cable that ties your laptop into the device is the expensive part I think around 600+$?. We are the Krohne rep in Utah,Nevada,Arizona,Colorado,wyoming,Idaho,and can supply a cable, I think most of the different manufacturers have there Own I have seen a ohmart vega one that was pretty cool it came in a little yellow case. I have not tried to hook up to any other manufacturers devices besides Krohne but would think you would just need their device DTM. I have used PACTware on mass meters, magnetic meters, ultrsosonic meters, and radar level and it is nice to be able to record all the device settings and see the different recorded readings but it is super slow. Look on Krohne.com in the downloads section under software.

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Re: HART Communication Software

09/23/2014 3:29 AM

Hart communications protocol is an beginning execution of Fieldbus, a electronic commercial automated protocol. This protocol has created a good conversion protocol for customers who were relaxed using the heritage 4-20 mA alerts, but desired to apply a "smart" protocol.

For more details contact on www.softdel.com. Will help you.

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