International Society of Automation News Release
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
+1 919-990-9287

ISA announces the FDT Group as ISA Promotional Partner

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (23 January 2014) -  The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today that the FDT Group, an independent, not-for-profit association of international companies active in process and factory automation, is an ISA Promotional Partner.

This new relationship extends previous efforts between the two organizations.  FDT Technology, which is also known as IEC 62453, ANSI/ISA103 and China GB/T 29618, began ISA committee activities in 2006 with approval of the ISA 103 standard by the ISA membership in 2011. As an ISA Promotional Partner, the FDT Group will provide the ISA community access to device maintenance and management strategies through a range of ISA media and direct marketing opportunities.

The primary objective of the FDT Group is to provide an open, non- proprietary interface for integrating networks and field devices with engineering, automation and asset management systems. FDT Technology, with its well-known Device Type Managers (DTMs), enable field devices to be configured, operated and maintained through the standardized user interface-regardless of supplier, device type or communication protocol.

"ISA welcomes the FDT Group as an ISA Promotional Partner," states Jennifer Infantino, ISA's Manager of Marketing, Communications, and Corporate Partnerships. "ISA members and the automation and control community at large will be able to learn more about the value and benefits of FDT Technology. It is part of our mission to share resources and information that have the potential to positively impact productivity and the profitability of industry."

Shannon Foos, Director of Marketing for FDT North America, adds, "Our goal with the promotional partnership is to keep the automation and control community current with network and device integration strategies. We will build upon our standards-setting collaboration with ISA to focus on sharing best practices that can help the automation community streamline device and network management efforts. FDT's universal platform for standardizing the communication and configuration interface between all field devices and host systems has broad applicability across brownfield and greenfield applications in the process, hybrid and discrete industries. The diverse ISA community is ideal for discussing the broad applicability of FDT Technology."

ISA's Corporate Partnerships Program offers companies customized packages, combining ISA products and services with marketing opportunities across all channels, and providing a streamlined approach to corporate sponsorship.

Collaboration with the FDT Group will include webinars, web-based articles and podcasts promoted through ISA's social media channels, topic-focused email blasts and the posting of whitepapers in the online version of ISA's InTech magazine.

Companies interested in learning about ISA's Corporate Partnerships Program should contact Jennifer Infantino at + 1 919-990-9287 or

About the FDT Group AISBL

The FDT Group AISBL is an international non-profit corporation consisting of over 90 leading worldwide companies active in process and factory automation. The major purpose of the FDT Group is to provide an open and non proprietary interface for the integration of field devices with engineering, automation and asset management systems. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities, and research organizations are working together to develop the technology; to provide development tools, support, and training; to coordinate field trials and demonstrations; and to enable product interoperability. Visit and for more information.

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About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 33,000 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 conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (