Compact 800 control systems and foundation fieldbus
FF is not supported with Compact 800, you can use ABB DCS system 800xA or Freelance, any process application can fit with FF solution from either of one.
No idea with cost and I/O capacity of compact 800,
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As I answered above two options you have are 800xA or Freelance. The Compact 800 solution does not support FF, it's more if you use the Compact 800 Wizard (Proposal and Solution Configuration Tool) you can see that you can not indicate in the control network FF devices or Profibus PA Devices like you cando in the 800xA Wizard, this data must be entered in the quotation tool for consider the device Manager software, This software is used to configure the field devices FF or Profibus PA. For the compact 800 can handle yourself to FF should have this option because the compact is based on the 800xA, but you can see from the quote tool that this solution does not have this option
If you need use FF and need use the cheaper solution the best advice that I can give you is use Freelance, with freelance you will have a DCS with a HMI very easy to configure (Less Engineering Hours) like is DigiVis and you can use the AC800F with the FF module interfase, but if you need more features such as connection to maintenance modules of SAP or Maximo, you'll be forced to use 800xA as these requirements only will cover by the Application Asset Optimization of 800xA