Cooperation project will accelerate deployment of uniform device integration
December 9, 2009 – The Fieldbus Foundation today praised an expanded automation
industry collaborative effort intended to accelerate deployment of Field Device Integration (FDI) technology. Key automation suppliers have agreed to
enlarge the scope of the Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL)
Cooperation Team into the FDI Cooperation, which is supporting a uniform device
integration solution for process industries across all host systems, devices
and protocols as required by end users.
The FDI Cooperation
project will initially consist of major industry trade associations, such as
the Fieldbus Foundation, FDT Group, HART Communications Foundation, OPC
Foundation and PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation; as well as leading control
equipment suppliers, including ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser,
Honeywell, Invensys, Siemens, and Yokogawa.
Foundation President and CEO Rich Timoney commented, "Adoption of a standardized
FDI solution is in the best interest of controls & instrumentation
suppliers and end users around the world, since it provides a unified path forward for
device integration that is based on use case requirements, incorporates the
best aspects of each member technology, and eliminates redundancies where they
may exist. FDI also does away with
double efforts for customers and vendors, and preserves backward compatibility
and operating system independence."
Timoney added, "The Fieldbus Foundation is
in full support of FDI Cooperation and will continue to be a significant
contributor to the related development work."
The FDI project was
kicked-off at the 2007 Hanover Fair.
At that time the EDDL Cooperation Team welcomed the 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,
which have agreed to support FDI packages in their systems and products, will
strengthen this effort by providing resources for the completion of this project.
finalization of the FDI specification, which is scheduled for mid-2010, the FDI
Cooperation is covering common design and test tools, common binary format and
EDDL interpreter across the Foundation fieldbus, HART and PROFIBUS protocols.
The Fieldbus Foundation is a
global not-for-profit corporation consisting of leading process end users and
automation companies. Within the
Fieldbus Foundation, end users, manufacturers, universities and research
organizations work together to develop an automation infrastructure that
provides process integrity, business intelligence and open scalable integration
in a managed environment. For more
information, visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.