FF Expands Beta Test of FDI Specification, Developer Tools

The Fieldbus Foundation (FF) announced that FDI Cooperation LLC's field device integration (FDI) specification and FDI developer toolkits are available to beta test participants, enabling additional automation suppliers to prepare for developing products and host systems compatible with FDI. In November 2013, the specification and developer toolkits were released to selected companies, but now all Fieldbus Foundation

member companies licensed to use Foundation developer toolkits are eligible to participate. Final FDI developer tools are scheduled to be released in Q3 2014.

Coinciding with the NAMUR annual meeting in November 2013, the FDI specification and the latest electronic device description language (EDDL) specifications were handed over to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for the next important phase—the committee draft for vote—in the international standardization process. FDI will be included in the emerging standard IEC 62769.

At the core of the specification is the FDI device package that includes everything a host system needs to integrate an intelligent device. A single FDI device package that can scale according to the complexities and requirements of each device represents individual instruments.

Each FDI device package contains a mandatory  electronic device description (EDD), providing parameter definitions, structure for the parameters for context-specific views and automated work processes for device procedures such as calibration. FDI device packages may also incorporate user interface plug-ins, software components that support advanced device setup and diagnostic functions. Also, product manuals, documentation, images, electronic certifications and other attachments may be delivered in the FDI device package.

The FDI specification will be available for download.

More News:

  • China Adopts EtherCAT as a National Technology Standard

    Chinese company representatives shared experiences about their numerous EtherCAT systems and applications with the audience and explained the benefits realized through implementation.

  • HART-Fieldbus Foundation Marriage Complete

    The final step in constructing a single organization to lead process automation communications and integration technologies was completed at the end of August when the members of both the HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation approved the merger proposed by their respective boards.

  • Use of BYOD Spreads, But Holdouts Remain

    Manufacturing workers are jumping on the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) bandwagon,

  • ISA100 Wireless Standard Gains Final IEC Approval

    ANSI/ISA-100.11a-2011, "Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation: Process Control and Related Applications," has been unanimously approved by the IEC as an international standard

  • Mergers, Acquisitions & Alliances: Danfoss Makes Offer, Hardinge Acquires Assets, and Fanuc and Rockwell Collaborate

    Danfoss made a public tender offer for all shares of the Finnish ac drives company Vacon. Hardinge, international provider of advanced metal-cutting solutions, agreed to acquire the assets of the Voumard internal diameter (ID) grinding business from Peter Wolters GmbH in Rendsburg, Germany. Maverick Technologies, acquired CQS Innovation, a system integrator specializing in control and information systems for life sciences, chemical and metals industries.

  • Belden Advocates Ethernet, Security and Wireless

    The Internet of Things (IoT) and the industrial IoT will use increasingly intelligent network infrastructures, but this will create more risk and increase the need to protect those critical infrastructures and their data. That's why we're investing both organically and through acquisition in Ethernet, security and wireless—so we can help transform this interconnected world.

  • The Future Is Forged at IMTS 2014

    Front and center was large-scale additive manufacturing in the form of the world's first 3D-printed car, which was printed and assembled on-site at the show. The project was a cooperative effort by Local Motors, Cincinnati Inc.; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; the University of Tennessee; and IMTS' Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT).

  • Big Manufacturing Trade-Shows Dominate November Calendar

    There Will be More than 100 Exhibits Featuring Products and Services from Rockwell Automation and its Network of more than 100 Partners.

  • Honeywell OneWireless Takes the Prize for Best Wireless Solution

    The OneWireless Network is designed to enhance efficiency, safety and reliability in business processes. The OneWireless Network offers flexibility and scalability, wire-like performance with wireless security and best-in-class data availability with a low cost of ownership.

  • The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power Hosts International Conference on Workforce Skills Transforming the Fluid Power Industry

    A panel session, featuring Vanderbilt University's Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos and Dean of Engineering Philippe Fauchet, will focus on the future of public-private partnerships in innovation, high-technology workforce skills, and ways to accelerate the transition of research to the marketplace.

All news »

What are your comments?

Join the discussion today. Login Here.

Comments

No one has commented on this page yet.

RSS feed for comments on this page | RSS feed for all comments