Standard for integration fieldbuses and devices approved for American market

FDT 2.0 technology, which enables enterprise-wide client/server integration and application of fieldbuses and devices, has been approved by the International Society of Automation (ISA) for the American market.

By FDT Group January 23, 2019

FDT Group and the International Society of Automation (ISA) announced FDT 2.0 technology has been adopted to ISA/ANSI American standards. The standard will meet demands in the region for open, standardized device integration on an enterprise-wide basis. It will enhance the integration and application of various fieldbuses and devices, in addition to promoting widespread implementation of standards-based automation solutions.

The FDT 2.0 standard addresses market requirements in the American market by defining the interfaces for both vertical and the horizontal data flow, which are called function control and data access, respectively, in the framework of a client-server architecture. Also, it allows application software and configuration tools to interact with field devices in a unified way, while hiding the manufacturer-specific interaction with devices or sub-systems in a software module. The standard also allows integration of any fieldbus-, device- or sub-system-specific software tool.

The FDT 2.0 specification employs a future-proof architecture based on Microsoft .NET technology and offers all the properties needed by modern software right up to web- and client/server-based systems. The specification is based on robust .NET technology and maintains proven FDT heritage. It also includes numerous performance enhancements while ensuring backward compatibility with the existing FDT installed base. This enables multi-generational equipment to co-exist.

FDT is transforming the way industrial automation architectures connect and communicate sensor to cloud. Ongoing advancement of this technology is also helping leverage major developments such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0. This also enables end users to realize the potential of decentralization, interoperability and integration. It also provides a unified view of all data and functions across process, factory and hybrid control applications.

FDT Group

International Society of Automation (ISA)

– Edited from an FDT Group press release by CFE Media. See more Control Engineering industrial networking stories.