IIoT development tools receive standard update
FDT Group announced the release of its updated developer tools, known as Common Components, which support the FDT 2.1 standard. Common Components is used to simplify FDT/DTM and FDT/FRAME development in compliance with the FDT 2.1 specification. The tools are designed to enhance interoperability while accelerating time to market.
FDT 2.1 specification’s release in 2018 set the FDT Group’s Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) transformation path to connect the intelligent enterprise based on industry-driven feedback across the process, hybrid, and discrete manufacturing markets. FDT 2.1 is also forward and backwards
FDT Group managing director Glenn Schulz said, “The latest version of the standard is focused on security, performance, ease of use and investment protection to allow automation suppliers and end-users to take advantage of FDT’s evolving open integration and information sharing architecture. These new features, embedded in suppliers’ system and device offerings, will elevate their product line to meet the digital transformation pathway demanded by the industrial sector.”
The Common Component development tool kit was first launched with the release of the FDT 2.0 standard in 2012 to simplify product development.
The Common Components create a library of routines to simplify the development of compliant FDT/FRAME applications providing an open, integrated, single access point to networks and installed assets. These tools can be used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) for developing an FDT/FRAME carrying company-specific branding by bundling the FRAME application with DTMs for distribution to customers as a complete turnkey solution for device parameterization.
Furthermore, the Common Components can be integrated with an engineering application, such as a programmable logic controller (PLC) programming tool, a distributed control system (DCS), an asset management application, or just about any other type of software application.
– Edited from an FDT Group press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering Industrie 4.0 and IIoT stories.