I am looking for a field communicator. My two options are the new AMS Trex Communicator from Emerson and the FieldXpert 350 from Endress+Hauser. What are the protocols supported by the FieldXpert 350?
Expert’s Answer Field Xpert 350
First, there are some differences between the AMS Trex Communicator from Emerson Automation Solutions and the Field Xpert 350 from Endress+Hauser. You can read all details about the AMS Trex from our product review if you click here. Just to summarize the AMS Trex is more than simply a configurator. You’re gonna have a power source integrated to power up HART, Foundation Fieldbus devices, and field network analyses.
FieldXpert 350 Overview
The FieldXpert is a handheld used to setup HART and Foundation Fieldbus devices. You will need to have an external power supply if you want to communicate with the device and your workstation. Both options come with their ups and downs. Depending on your requirements the FieldXpert can still be a viable option for you.
Further, by using Bluetooth Hart interface you can communicate between the field communicator and the field device. The velocity of communication is a little bit slower than other field communicators, but in my opinion, this is not a huge problem.
The FieldXpert runs on a Windows platform. However, the operating system is a bit different than other handhelds on the market. You have the freedom to install new apps, read the manual, view maps, take pictures and so on. One feature I would like to highlight is the favorite folder. You can save your most important functions in that folder. This way you don’t need to lose time navigating through the menu. Everything you need will be available there!
In conclusion, the FieldXpert 350 is a robust device, with good features. The freedom to install new apps allows you do more than only setup devices. If these are the features you are looking for, the FieldXpert 350 can be a good option for you.
Below you have a video explaining more details about the Field Xpert 350 from Endress+Hauser: