We have started working on a module based on the FDT (Field Device Tool) 2.0 specification. It enables communication and configuration of the field devices of various manufacturers in a streamlined and standard way.
FDT, in a way similar to operation of the drivers on the PC for the peripherals uses integrated device drivers (DTM Device Type Manager), enabling a unified access to the field devices.
The FDT 2.0 standard brings the framework of a client-server architecture to the industrial automation and defines the interfaces for vertical and horizontal data flow. Through its use the manufacturer-specific interaction with devices or sub-systems becomes hidden in a software module.
Use of the FDT allows a decentralized operation of the devices, brings interoperability and integration to the next level and helps in leveraging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0.
Benefits of FDT for the operators
The standard simplifies management of the multitude of devices and protocols used in the automation systems and allows a more efficient operation.
- A centralized location for planning, diagnostics, maintenance, with direct access to all field devices.
- Independent operation of the network architecture and communication protocols
- Simple sharing of data between system tools and operator interfaces
About FDT Group
An international, non-profit corporation led by major global companies active in industrial automation, FDT Group AISBL is focused on modernized asset integration and access to performance data for visualizing crucial operational problems as part of digital transformation.
Website of the FDT Group http://fdtgroup.org