Manufacturing requirements for device package met; microsite launched
FieldComm Group announced that ABB, Emerson, and Schneider Electric have successfully completed the requirements for registration of an FDI device package for a field instrument. FieldComm Group has also launched their microsite to provide education on the benefits of FDI and assist users in specifying FDI for upcoming projects.
As the process industries continue to go through a digital transformation, IIoT and Industrie 4.0 become an inherent aspect of modern process and user demand for integrated systems and components rise dramatically. For this "system of tomorrow" to operate reliably and effectively, users must be able to easily integrate all elements of their facilities to take advantage of the digital data that automation protocols like FOUNDATION Fieldbus and HART (including WirelessHART) provide.
"Some have questioned whether automation protocols are becoming obsolete because of the Industrial Internet of Things, but it’s actually the opposite effect," said Ted Masters, president and CEO, FieldComm Group. "Users are not going to rip out equipment from a functioning plant that is reliable and operating under extremely high uptime demands. Process industries have very specific requirements and because of those, existing protocols are not going away. Instead, we are seeing a desire for a standardized way to integrate devices."
Users continue to look for efficiencies and cost savings at their plants through reduced lifecycle costs, simplified ease of use, and most importantly, open systems. FDI’s potential benefits are applicable to various plant personnel disciplines including:
- C-Suite: Built-in data security and cloud ccess to plant performance information
- Plant managers: Simplified system maintenance, device integration, and reduced risk associate with upgrades
- Operators: Standardized offline configuration, secure remote access
- IT: Built-in data security, upgrades and enhancements applied without system reboot, and push notification capabilities for updates
- Instrumentation specialists: Easy device replacement, support for proprietary protocols, and anytime anywhere access to latest device files.
As the IIoT and Industrie 4.0 continues growing and the industrial world becomes hyper-connected with cheaper and cheaper sensor points, it is going to become extremely important for devices and systems to work well together and function as intended. Users must be able to rely on the sensors, their measurements, and their ability to get that information across plant systems.
– Edited from a FieldComm press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering process manufacturing stories.