November 1, 2005

Emerson 'State of the Union'

Emerson Process Management president John Berra proclaimed his and the company's support of the enhanced Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) standard hoping that "… it will end all the FDT/DTM nonsense that is out there."

EDDL technology improves the display of field device information, including the incorporation of images into displays and support of graphs and charts to enable the calibration and configuration of complex devices such as control valves, radar level gauges, and variable frequency drives.

The EDDL extensions build on the existing IEC 61084-2 standard. FDT/DTM is a similar technology that rivals like ABB, Endress+Hauser, and Invensys offer.

Berra spoke to 1,800-plus users at Emerson's annual users exchange in Orlando, Fla. "The state of Emerson Process has never been better," he said.

Emerson has had a successful fiscal year, which ended 30 September. Its revenues are up over $500 million from the previous year and total over $4 billion. Profit is at an all-time high.