FDI Cooperation, LLC: A New Company for a Single Common Integration Technology is founded


FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International and OPC Foundation founded a company to establish an organization to manage a common single solution for device integration (FDI).


The five major automation foundations FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, and OPC Foundation have developed a single common solution for Field Device Integration (FDI).  These foundations decided to combine their efforts and form a joint company. The new company is named FDI Cooperation, LLC (a limited liability company under US law). This was made formal by all representatives signing the contract documents in Karlsruhe today. The FDI Cooperation, LLC will be headed by a “Board of Managers”, which is composed of the representatives of the involved organizations, as well as managers of global automation suppliers including ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys, Siemens, and Yokogawa. Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller of Siemens will serve as chairman of the board. Achim Laubenstein of ABB has been nominated as executive director.

The purpose of the organization is:

  • To complete the standardization of FDI under the IEC (International Electrical Commission)
  • Managing the FDI Specification
  • Finalizing the FDI tool kits for system and device manufacturers


This is a joint press release by:

ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, Honeywell, Invensys, OPC Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, Siemens, and Yokogawa.

For further information please contact:

Dr. Sigrun Ebert-Heffels
on behalf of the FDI Cooperation, LLC

Phone:         +49 (721) 595 56 76
Fax:                +49 (721) 595 893 56 76

By: Weber