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Fieldbus Foundation Announces First Participant In FOUNDATION Development Services Provider Program

Foundation DSP ensures qualified assistance for suppliers developing fieldbus products

AUSTIN, Texas, November 29, 2011 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced that Softing Industrial Automation GmbH (, an independent and global provider of hardware and software for industrial automation and automotive electronics, is the first company qualified under its Foundation Development Services Provider (DSP) program. This program helps automation vendors get started with Foundation product development by making it faster—and easier—to bring fieldbus equipment to market.

The Fieldbus Foundation launched the Foundation DSP program to assist automation equipment suppliers preparing to design and manufacture products employing Foundation fieldbus technology. The program is intended to provide access to qualified development services providers with the know-how to make fieldbus solutions a reality. Qualified DSP participants have been evaluated to ensure they have the tools, training and experience necessary to support a wide range of Foundation fieldbus development projects. Services that can be qualified in the Foundation DSP program include H1 and High Speed Ethernet fieldbus device development services, as well as host system services.

Fieldbus Foundation Manager-Fieldbus Products, Stephen Mitschke, commented, “A growing number of Fieldbus Foundation members want to enter the expanding Foundation fieldbus technology market. However, some organizations may view fieldbus device development as a daunting task when they have little experience or knowledge of digital bus technology. Due to limited resources, they may be required to outsource a portion of the development process. This is where the Foundation DSP solution steps in.”

Mitschke added, “From small developers looking for assistance on a few key components, to multi-million dollar companies seeking a partner to develop an entire Foundation-ready device, Foundation DSP can help streamline product R&D. Best of all, the program can ensure a strong ROI by reducing staffed man-hours and maximizing the efficiency of product development.”

Dr. Ernst Flemming, business development manager, Softing Industrial Automation GmbH, said, "For Softing, as the leading provider of fieldbus-enabled products, it is key to be known to manufacturers who are interested in utilizing Foundation technology. The Fieldbus Foundation’s development services provider program is an excellent platform to increase our visibility in this market. The stringent rules that apply to the program ensure that only high-quality technology providers participate in the program. We very much appreciate the recognition at such a high quality level and look forward to seeing the first results shortly."

Foundation DSP program participants and their development tools/services will be featured in a special section of the Fieldbus Foundation’s website ( Participants are also authorized to display the official Foundation DSP logo in their marketing materials.

To learn more about the Foundation DSP program, please contact the Fieldbus Foundation at 512.794.8890 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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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