International Society of Automation News Release
New ISA Technical Report Provides Guidance for EDDL Users
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (20 January 2011) – The ISA Standards & Practices Board has approved a new technical report, ISA-TR104.00.03, "EDDL: Meeting the requirements for integrating Fieldbus devices in engineering tools for field devices." This technical report is intended as a guideline in the use of the existing IEC 61804-3 international standard, "Function blocks (FB) for process control - Part 3: Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL)."
"While the IEC 61804-3 standard provides specifications for device and system developers, this new ISA technical report provides guidance for device and system users,” stated ISA104 standards committee member and editor, Jonas Berge.
"We have passed a major milestone with this publication," said Terry Blevins, chair of the ISA104 standards committee, which developed the technical report. "Once the technical report receives approval by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), expected in early February 2011, end users around the world will be able to rely on an ANSI/ISA technical report developed in an open, consensus forum."
The ISA104 standards committee brings together device integration experts representing diverse industrial and technical interests from around the world. The committee was established by the International Society of Automation (ISA) to address device integration in control systems over the lifecycle of devices and systems. The committee's focus has been to improve the understanding of the EDDL approach and to provide criteria for procuring and implementing device integration technology in the control systems environment.
ISA-TR104.00.03 is intended to provide factual guidance in using EDDL for device integration. The technical report reviews how end user requirements for device integration are met by the EDDL standard. Although prior evaluations have already demonstrated that EDDL meets users’ lifecycle needs as defined in NAMUR NE 105, ISA-TR104.00.03 explains in greater detail these requirements and how EDDL meets them.
Those end user requirements for device integration include:
For more information on the full scope of ISA104 committee activity, visit www.eddl.org.
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).