How FDT 3.0 Optimises Next Generation Automation Solutions
FDT Group’s new whitepaper describes how the updated FDT 3.0 standard speeds up the evolutionary journey to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, enabling a standardised ecosystem for IIoT and Industry 4.0 applications. Suppliers can employ the standard to create customised, data-centric, cross-platform FDT IIoT solutions.
Digitalisation of automation strategies offers many benefits to the worldwide automation community, but it also brings challenges such as real-time data access, end-to-end security and multi-vendor integration and interoperability. There is a need to mobilise real-time remote operations and expand secure access to device and network data in order to increase productivity and create a safer workplace.
FDT 3.0’s modernised approach “lowers the bar” for automation companies seeking to implement innovative business models while optimising developer performance. The technology’s updated toolkits greatly reduce the burden of development work and save time and money when bringing new product offerings to market. The toolkits are essential to improving overall quality and interoperability for the industrial installed base.
Recognised as an essential technology for the new era of automation—providing built-in mobility, native OPC UA integration, robust security, and platform independence—the FDT 3.0 IIoT Ecosystem empowers IIoT and Industry 4.0 solutions for both Greenfield and Brownfield applications. It consists of a platform-agnostic FDT Server and FDT Device Type Managers™ (FDT/DTMs™). Both components are essential to unlocking universal device integration and a data-centric platform to mobilise the industrial workforce with modern and diverse deployment options, including cloud, enterprise, edge, on-premise, and single-user desktop environments.
At the core of FDT’s digital transformation pathway, the FDT Server natively integrates an OPC UA Server for enterprise-wide data access and a web server mobilising remote operations. This innovative solution transforms asset management practices and business system integration for both automation suppliers and end users in the process, hybrid and discrete manufacturing markets.
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