March/April 2012
Automation Update

FDI Cooperation formed to support fieldbus device integration

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.

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.

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. The mission of FDI LLC is to do the following:

  • Complete the standardization of FDI under the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission).
  • Manage the FDI Specification.
  • Finalize the 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 primary benefit of FDI is end users with an FDT or EDDL-based host will have a single source solution for managing the wealth of functionality and information from intelligent field devices. Users will no longer need to manage disparate device descriptions, which reduces the costs associated with maintaining assets in the field.

-News brief courtesy of Automation.com