Invensys Supports Field Device Integration Cooperation

December 16, 2009 at 3:22 am Leave a comment

Invensys Operations Management announced that to accelerate deployment of field device integration (FDI) technology, it has joined other key suppliers to enlarge the scope of the EDDL Cooperation Team and become part of the FDI Cooperation. The FDI Cooperation will initially consist of the FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communications Foundation, OPC Foundation and PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation, as well as ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys Operations Management, Siemens and Yokogawa.

            “We need to continue supporting the move to a more open and integrated perspective in the plant because it allows manufacturing and process operations executives to make profitable tradeoffs in real time,” said Rashesh Mody, Sr. VP Portfolio and Strategy, Invensys Operations Management. “That is why we are fully supportive of the FDI project. In addition to being a strong benefit to users, it is also a benefit to vendors because now we can strengthen our focus on providing value-added applications as opposed to supporting hundreds of different devices.”

            Invensys believes the FDI project will create a more user-friendly, hardware-independent choice for manufacturing operators. With FDT Group, the definition files provided by instrument vendors are plug-ins to the field device manager framework. This eliminates the need for manufacturers to rely on hundreds of independent diagnostic applications supplied by multiple vendors and the need for distributed control system (DCS) vendors to supply diagnostic applications for all available devices. The real value, however, is that with FDT, the device type manager advanced applications all vendors write can now plug in to any DCS. Customers can use these diagnostics for predictive maintenance, saving millions of dollars in unnecessary downtime and maintenance costs.

            The FDI project was kicked off at the 2007 Hanover Fair. At that time, ECT welcomed FDT Group with the primary objective of harmonizing EDDL and FDT/DTM technologies. Since then, the project has carefully shaped the technology direction for the converged FDI solution. The addition of supplier companies, who have agreed to support FDI packages in their systems and products, will strengthen this effort by providing resources for the completion of this project.

            Besides the finalization of the FDI specification, which is scheduled for mid 2010, the scope of the enlarged EDDL Cooperation Team is covering common design and test tools, common binary format and interpreter across the protocols of HART®, FoundationTM Fieldbus and PROFIBUS. The intent is to assure a uniform device integration solution for process industries across all host systems, devices and protocols as required by end users.

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