FDT Group has released two FDT 3.0 communication protocol annexes, HART and Profibus which supports the new FDT 3.0 standard. Instrumentation vendors upgrading their product lines with the new technology benefits of FDT 3.0 DTMs for these popular communication protocols will empower today’s installed base with advanced, data-driven solutions while inherently mobilising real-time operations supporting Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 applications for the process, hybrid and discrete markets.
FDT 3.0 was developed based off industry-driven feedback and delivered by a collaborative team of industrial automation experts to accelerate the evolutionary journey into the Fourth Industrial Revolution with an ecosystem of FDT IIoT-based solutions. The FDT IIoT ecosystem consists of FDT Server, FDT Desktop and FDT/DTM components, which are fully deployable out-of-the-box using the latest Common Components toolkits.
Now, control system and device suppliers can take a well-established standard they are familiar with and easily create and customise standards-based, data-centric, cross-platform FDT IIoT solutions—expanding their portfolio offerings to meet requirements for next-generation industrial control applications. Each solution auto-enables OPC Unified Architecture (UA) integration and allows development teams to focus on value-added features that differentiate their products, including WebUI and App support. FDT Desktop applications are fully backwards compatible with the existing install base.
Both HART and Profibus are widely deployed as active backbone communication standards for today’s process automation architectures. While communication standards allow data exchange within their protocol, FDT is the essential core standard seamlessly integrating any hierarchy of Operational Technology (OT) communication protocols or Information Technology (IT) networks to ensure real-time information exchange sensor-to-cloud.
“Companies seeking a forward-looking strategy for the new era of automation can now empower their portfolio of HART and Profibus devices with FDT 3.0 DTMs mobilising real-time remote operations with a new, browser-based standardised WebUI. This is especially important in the current COVID-19 pandemic environment, where the manufacturing world can be paralysed without remote access to critical data to ensure uptime,” said Glenn Schulz, FDT Group managing director.
Along with the new FDT 3.0 standard, FDT Group released modernised toolkits making it easier to create compliant FDT/DTMs than ever before. Thanks to the FDT 3.0 DTM Common Components, DTMs are automatically compatible with OPC UA—no additional coding required—as well as the NAMUR NE 107 status recommendations for predictive maintenance. FDT 3.0 DTMs automatically make device data available via the OPC UA server embedded on the FDT Server. This enables innovative capabilities such as a data-driven approach to maintenance and integration of live plant data with Manufacturing Execution System (MES) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and asset management as service. While all these benefits come standard out-of-the-box, device vendors can focus their time on customised parameterisation, differentiating their products from the rest of the line-up.
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