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FDI Cooperation, LLC advances toward a common path for field device integration

February 23, 2012
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FDI Cooperation, LLC (left to right): Rich Timoney (Fieldbus Foundation); Jörg Freitag (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International); Thomas Burke (OPC Foundation); Glenn Schulz (FDT Group); Ron Helson (HART Communication Foundation). Source: FDI Cooperation, LLC.

The five major automation foundations, including the FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International and OPC Foundation have developed a single, common solution for field device integration (FDI). These foundations have combined their efforts to form a joint company named FDI Cooperation, LLC.

FDI Cooperation, LLC is headed by a board of managers, which is composed of the representatives of the involved organizations, as well as global automation suppliers including ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys, Siemens and Yokogawa.

“FDI LLC marks an unprecedented level of cooperation among suppliers and foundations to achieve a single integration technology for the benefit of end-users,” says Achim Laubenstein, managing director of the FDI Cooperation. FDI’s mandate is to develop a single technology for the management of information that comes from all intelligent devices throughout all areas of the plant.

FDI LLC’s mission is to:

• Complete the standardization of FDI under the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission)

• Manage the FDI Specification

• Finalize FDI tool kits for system and device manufacturers

• Promote and provide high-quality technology support for FDI, independent of and common for the respective communication protocols

• Preserve end-users’ and automation manufacturers’ investments by providing state-of-the-art technology that is fully backward compatible

• Ensure stability, interoperability and compatibility of FDI-based products.

The current solutions—EDDL (Electronic Device Description Language) in various formats and FDT (Field Device Technology)—have their strengths and weaknesses, but also overlap to a large extent and thus lead to additional expense for users and manufacturers.

FDI technology will provide a very scalable solution that users can deploy in applications ranging from simple configuration to complex management of the most sophisticated field devices for the various tasks associated with all phases of their lifecycle, from configuration, commissioning and diagnostics to calibration. This makes different solutions for different devices obsolete. FDI is a unified solution that addresses end-user requirements across the spectrum.

The FDI Cooperation website is currently under construction as of Feb. 23, 2012. Be sure to check back.

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