Automation Suppliers Collaborate on Field Device Integration

Automation Suppliers Collaborate on Field Device Integration

Adoption of a standardized Field Device Integration solution is in the best interest of controls and instrumentation suppliers and end users.

In an effort to quicken the deployment of Field Device Integration (FDI) technology, a dozen automation suppliers have partnered on a program that would standardize device integration for process industries across all host systems, devices and protocols.

The organization, to be entitled the FDI Cooperation, consists of major industry trade associations, such as the Fieldbus Foundation, FDT Group, HART Communications Foundation, OPC Foundation and PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation, as well as control equipment suppliers ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys, Siemens and Yokogawa.

With FDI, the definition files provided by instrument vendors are plug-ins to the field-device manager framework. This eliminates the need for manufacturers to rely on hundreds of independent diagnostic applications supplied by multiple vendors and the need for distributed-control-system (DCS) vendors to supply diagnostic applications for all available devices.

Control equipment suppliers believe the FDI technology will create a more user-friendly, hardware-independent choice for manufacturing operators.

Rich Timoney, CEO, Fieldbus Foundation

"Adoption of a standardized FDI solution is in the best interest of controls and instrumentation suppliers and end users around the world, since it provides a unified path forward for device integration that is based on use case requirements, incorporates the best aspects of each member technology, and eliminates redundancies where they may exist," says Fieldbus Foundation CEO Rich Timoney. "FDI also does away with double efforts for customers and vendors and preserves backward compatibility and operating system independence."

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