Two groups formalize FDT cooperation

FDT Group and PACTware Consortium formalized their long-time collaboration with a cooperation agreement, announced in Hannover, Germany, on April 24. The organizations expressed interest in "clear communication of their relationship and a uniform marketing strategy of the FDT technology."

05/04/2006


FDT Group and PACTware Consortium formalized their long-time collaboration with a cooperation agreement, announced in Hannover, Germany, on April 24. The organizations expressed interest in "clear communication of their relationship and a uniform marketing strategy of the FDT technology." Field device tool (FDT) technology aims to standardize the communication interface between field devices and systems with "independence from the communication protocol and the software environment of either the device or the host system," allowing any device to be accessed from any host through any protocol, says FDT Group.

Within the agreement, FDT Group grants PACTware Consortium the nomination of one representative for election to the FDT Group board of directors and one representative as vice president in the executive committee. FDT Group also grants PACTware Consortium one voting delegate per project group to each of the FDT Group's Marketing, Technical, and Association & Standards Committees. PACTware Consortium grants FDT Group a voting delegate to the Marketing Working Group to coordinate marketing activities of both organizations. The partners believe that this strategic cooperation is in the "best interest of the automation industry and will accelerate the use of open FDT Technology."

FDT Group says its mission is to establish, promote, and maintain open FDT technology for the benefit of end-users as well as device and control system manufacturers. Its objective is to create an international standard that enables end-users to configure, manage, and integrate any field device from any device manufacturer connected to any control system or asset management tool independent of any fieldbus protocol. PACTware Consortium jointly develops software solutions based on FDT Technology. This allows users to operate field devices of manufacturers with Software PACTware, said to be a simple solution for device configuration that provides a path from basic applications to complex asset management.

—Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering editor in chief,
MHoske@cfemedia.com





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Save energy with automation; Process control system upgrades; Dispelling controll myths; Time-sensitive networking; Control system integration; Road to IANA
Additive manufacturing advancements; Machine vision enhances robotics; Fieldbus evolution; Process safety; Advice from System Integrators of the Year; Road to IANA
Salary and career survey: Benchmarks and advice; Designing controls; Remote data collection, historians; Control valve advances; Hannover Messe; Control Engineering International
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Digital oilfields: Integrated HMI/SCADA systems enable smarter data acquisition; Real-world impact of simulation; Electric actuator technology prospers in production fields
click me