International Society of Automation News Release
Contact: Bernard H. Penney
Enhanced Interoperability with EDDL to be Demonstrated at ISA EXPO 2009
Multiple vendors and organizations demonstrate interoperability for devices using the global standard IEC 61804-3, Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL)
Research Triangle Park, NC (28 September 2009) –Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) solutions for devices and automation systems will be featured in a demonstration at ISA EXPO 2009, 6-8 October in Houston, Texas. Fieldbus Foundation (FF), HART Communication Foundation (HCF), PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO), and OPC Foundation along with major automation vendors will conduct the demonstration in the ISA104 display in booth #1117.The group will be demonstrating EDDL functionality with a range of devices from Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Foxboro Eckardt, ISE-Magtech, Ohmart/VEGA, Metso, Microcyber, MTL, Pepperl+Fuchs, Samson, and Siemens. These devices will be communicating via HART, Foundation fieldbus, PROFIBUS, and WirelessHART protocols. The OPC Foundation is also demonstrating how EDDL is used with its technology.
Various device manufacturers' experts use EDDL to control information displayed on systems. The EDDL standard allows devices from different vendors to appear consistent in the system. Device types in the ISA104 display include simple pressure and temperature transmitters, complex devices such as variable speed drives, level transmitters (radar and magnetostrictive), current to fieldbus converter, control valve positioners, and bus diagnostics.
The EDDL standard (IEC 61804-3) was created to support rich user interfaces for advanced diagnostics and sophisticated setup for multiple protocols in an easy to load and license key free format. These are functions of the intelligent device management software part of asset management solutions available in leading control systems. Also new this year is a showcase of tools from ifak, HART Communications Foundation, and Fieldbus Foundation, for EDD development and interoperability testing of systems and devices based on EDDL. Also, the latest handheld technology that utilizes EDDL will be demonstrated in the ISA104 booth. These demonstrations of EDDL represent a broad commitment of automation suppliers to the support of EDDL technology and significantly expanded user benefits in the use and diagnostics of field devices. All ISA EXPO 2009 attendees are encouraged to stop by booth #1117 to learn about this open, interoperable device integration standard.
EDDL functionality has typically been demonstrated via handheld devices or in stand-alone instrument diagnostic software. By further integrating EDDL technology into automation systems, automation vendors are significantly increasing the effectiveness of their device diagnostics in operations and maintenance by making it accessible from operator consoles. As a text-based standard, EDDL files are independent of operating systems and thus not made obsolete by operating system upgrades. EDDL enhancements have significant acceptance and commitment among automation suppliers to its use, further development, product innovation, and deployment as the technology of choice for integrating intelligent field devices.
The EDDL technology demonstrated on the automation systems is the enhanced EDDL technology, which includes the ability to:
Display illustrations to simplify setup and diagnostic
Display multiple waveforms like radar echo curve for setup and valve hysteresis curves for diagnostics as well as multi-pen trend charts
Display and use Menu functionality for more intuitive operation
Simplify calibration procedures with wizards
Communicate via Foundation fieldbus, HART, PROFIBUS, or WirelessHART
Tap into device manufacturer know-how through context sensitive help
Handheld field communicator
Easy migration from traditional DD
Standardization ensures access to full functionality of a device for easier adoption regardless of automation system choice. EDDL supports the complete life-cycle from configuration and commissioning, to operations and maintenance. EDDL is also used for automatic configuration of OPC servers to make device data accessible to a variety of software applications.
The ISA104 standards committee, Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL), continues its efforts to provide education and information on the international standard IEC 61804-3. This standard has been adopted by ISA / ANSI for use with HART, PROFIBUS, and FOUNDATION fieldbus. Learn more about ISA104 and EDDL at www.isa.org/isa104 and www.eddl.org.
About the Organizations
The HART Communication Foundation (www.hartcomm.org) is an international, not-for-profit, membership organization supported by more than 200 companies worldwide. Founded in 1993, the Foundation is the technology owner and central authority on the HART Protocol and provides global support for more than 24 million devices installed worldwide. The Foundation manages and controls the HART standards including new technology developments and enhancements that benefit and support the needs of the industry.
The Fieldbus Foundation (www.fieldbus.org) is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of a single, international, interoperable fieldbus.
The PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation e.V. (PNO) was founded in 1989 as a non-profit organization. The PNO is owner of the PROFIBUS and PROFINET technology and responsible for further developments (www.profibus.com ). With 25 regional organizations all over the world, 1400 member companies and about 2500 different products, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International is currently the world's largest interest group for industrial communication covering all key aspects of industrial automation. More than 28 million PROFIBUS products are currently installed worldwide.
The OPC Foundation, dedicated to interoperability in automation and enterprise computing, is an independent, non-profit organization that comprises leading manufacturers and solution providers in factory and process automation as well as providers of enterprise solutions. The OPC Foundation's charter is to develop worldwide industry standards for data transfer offering multi-vendor interoperability and seamless connectivity of measurement and automation devices, systems, networks, and enterprise computing solutions used in the manufacturing and process industries, by leveraging open computing technologies. Board members and Officers are unpaid volunteers. Development of specifications is undertaken by volunteers from 420+ members worldwide.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in North America. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).