Frankfurt, Germany (June 19, 2012) – FDI Cooperation LLC continues to make progress toward FDI technology being recognized as an international standard, forming a process for conformance testing of products and solutions, and creating an effective Integrated Development Environment (IDE). FDI’s new web site will also provide more up to date information to both end users and developers.
Path to IEC standardization
FDI continues on its path to becoming an international standard under the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The most recent draft of the FDI specification was submitted to the IEC in April of 2012. FDI is now awaiting the IEC review process and the accompanying comments, which puts FDI Technology one step closer to being a global standard.
Conformance Testing and Registration Plan
Conformance testing is an important requirement for achieving interoperability and to ensure that devices meet the specifications in the standard. FDI Cooperation is comprised of the leading technology foundations within the world of process automation, including FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, OPC Foundation, and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International. It has been determined that conformance testing for FDI will be performed as an add-on to existing product conformance tests at Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International for the respective protocols. While the foundations will do the testing, FDI develops a conformance testing concept in addition to FDI Device Package conformance test tools, FDI Host Conformance test procedures, use cases, and requirements.
Progress on the Integrated Development Environment
A comprehensive Integrated Development Environment (IDE) is necessary to ensure that products conforming to the FDI specification can be developed effectively and consistently. Thus, it will be also an important aspect of conformance testing. The FDI IDE supports device vendors that are developing FDI Packages across fieldbus protocols. It consists of an easy to use EDD Editor, which converts EDD into the common encoded file format and combines it with the User Interface Plugin to create an FDI Package. Run time debugging features allow extensive testing. FDI continues to make progress with the IDE, with a tentative release date for the end of 2013. The IDE will be marketed through the five foundations.
New Web Site
FDI Cooperation has also launched a new web site, http://www.fdi-cooperation.com, which provides more up to date information to end users, product developers, and the process automation media. Everyone is invited to visit the web site to learn more about the FDI vision and mission, what makes FDI technology work, and upcoming industry events where you can learn more about FDI.
Demonstrations at Hanover Fair and Achema
FDI technology was successfully demonstrated at Hanover Fair in April of 2012 in the Field Communication Lounge. The live FDI demo is also on display at this week’s ACHEMA exhibition in the Field Communication Lounge, hall 11 Via, B29; Mezzanine Level.
Panel Discussion at Achema
A panel discussion titled “FDI - The Common Solution to Device Management?” will take place at the forum “Automation Dialogue” – a Discussion Panel organized by ARC, NAMUR and ZVEI, on Friday, June 22nd at 10.30 am. Participants in the panel represent end users and automation suppliers.
The five major automation foundations, including the 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 have combined their efforts to form a joint company named FDI Cooperation, LLC (a limited liability company under US law). FDI Cooperation, LLC is 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. FDI LLC marks an unprecedented level of cooperation among suppliers and foundations to achieve a single integration technology for the benefit of end users. FDI’s mandate is to develop a single technology for the management of information that comes from all intelligent devices throughout all areas of the plant.
This is a press release by FDI Cooperation, LLC
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