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Det-Tronics, Global Leader In Industrial Hazard Safety Solutions, Joins Fieldbus Foundation

CodeWrights GmbH and Mimer SQL are also new foundation members

AUSTIN, Texas, June 30, 2010 — Detector Electronics Corporation (Det-Tronics), a worldwide supplier of industrial hazard safety solutions, including flame detection, gas detection and hazard mitigation systems, is the newest member of the Fieldbus Foundation. The company’s Safety Integrity Level (SIL)-2 flame and gas safety systems range from conventional panels to fault-tolerant, addressable systems.

Founded in 1973, Det-Tronics designs and manufactures one of the industry’s largest selections of flame detectors, gas sensors and safety systems. It also maintains a complete fire and gas test facility, one of the largest in the world. Det-Tronics has more than 280 employees, 76 representatives, and 18 sales offices around the globe serving the oil and gas, refining, automotive, aerospace, munitions, and chemical markets.

Fieldbus Foundation Marketing Manager Bill Tatum welcomed Det-Tronics in joining the foundation, which corresponds to the growing market demand for fieldbus-based safety solutions. “Our Foundation™ fieldbus for Safety Instrumented Functions (FF-SIF) development provides new opportunities to leverage the powerful capabilities of fieldbus instrumentation and advanced diagnostics to optimize plant safety systems,” said Tatum. “Det-Tronics is a major supplier to industrial safety users, and we welcome their contributions to our organization and its technology.”

By joining the Fieldbus Foundation, Det-Tronics hopes to achieve recognition and access to new markets for its product line. As a division of United Technology Corporation, the company also expects to enhance its visibility within the fieldbus community and contribute to the growth of the market.

“Our customers requested a fieldbus interface to safety products, and we would like to support them by offering a strong, industry-accepted communications protocol,” said Det-Tronics Director of Marketing, Cliff Anderson. “Our over-arching goal is to help our customers achieve improved personnel safety and plant performance.”

Det-Tronics’ advanced fire and gas safety systems support addressable-loop and point-to-point architectures, and all of its solutions are highly fault-tolerant, configurable detection and releasing systems. The company’s optical flame detectors incorporate the latest technologies in ultraviolet (UV), infrared (IR), UV/IR, dual IR, and multispectrum IR to maximize detection while minimizing false alarms.

In addition, Det-Tronics’ gas detectors accurately detect the presence of combustible and toxic gases. The full line includes nanotechnology metal oxide semiconductor (NTMOS), catalytic, electrochemical and IR absorption technologies.

For more information about Det-Tronics, please visit their website at

The Fieldbus Foundation also announced two additional new members: CodeWrights GmbH, based in Karlsruhe, Germany; and Mimer SQL, headquartered in Uppsala, Sweden.

CodeWrights GmbH was founded in 2002 as service provider for device integration. The company develops software for integrating field devices into different control and configuration systems within the automation industry. The main part of its business is the generation of device drivers based on Field Device Technology/Device Type Manager (FDT/DTM) technology. In addition, CodeWrights offers custom software development to meet customers’ specific requirements.

CodeWrights has developed a software product called iDTM™ Foundation fieldbus, which offers a combination of Electronic Device Description (EDD) and FDT technologies as well as a uniform user interface for all devices. The interpreter DTM facilitates the usage of devices employing a DD file, but for which no DTM is available. In contrast to a generic solution, iDTM supports the complete operation of a fieldbus device based on the registered DD. This enables Foundation technology users to integrate field instruments in an FDT application.

For more information about CodeWrights, please visit their website at

Mimer SQL is a world leader in database technology for embedded devices. The Mimer SQL Real-Time Edition is a predictable, scalable and zero maintenance database management system for embedded real-time systems, such as automotive, process-control and robotic applications. By combining predictable, hard real-time and non-real-time database access, integrated data management solutions impossible to implement with other DBMS products on the market are made possible.

As a member of the Fieldbus Foundation, Mimer SQL is extending its real-time database server to specifically target fieldbus products and industrial automation systems. Mimer intends to develop database-related technologies enabling Foundation fieldbus objects to be modelled directly in the database, and allowing these objects to be accessed using various interfaces. Additionally, it will support deployment of its SQL database servers directly into Foundation fieldbus products so that a uniform data model and data access can be achieved in all levels of industrial automation.

For more information about Mimer SQL, please visit their website at

About the Fieldbus Foundation

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


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