Through device integration, functions and information from devices can be made accessible at a higher level (in a central location). Both, simple and complex devices need integration!
Efficient and economically viable device integration requires multiprotocol, standardized technology so that device information can be made available across different manufacturers. In the past, the development of such uniform technology was inhibited by too many different interests from organizations and automation manufacturers, meaning different technical solutions were created. The current solutions – EDDL (Electronic Device Description Language) in various formats and FDT (Field Device Technology) – have their strengths and weaknesses, but also overlap to a large extent and thus lead to additional expense for users, manufacturers and in standardization. With FDI, technology has been developed that combines the advantages of FDT with those of EDDL in a single, scalable solution. FDI takes account of the various tasks over the entire lifecycle for both simple and the most complex devices, including configuration, commissioning, diagnosis, and calibration.
Globally leading control system and device manufacturers, such as ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys, Siemens, and Yokogawa, along with the major associations FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, are supporting and driving forward the development of the FDI Technology together.
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