Automation Foundations Form Cooperative Company

Sept. 27, 2011
Five Leading Organizations Founded FDI Cooperation to Manage the Common Single Solution Developed for Field Device Integration

FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, Hart Communication Foundation, Profibus & Profinet International, and OPC Foundation agreed to form a joint company to manage their efforts on a single common solution for field device integration (FDI). The new company, called FDI Cooperation, was made formal Monday at a signing in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Representatives from five leading automation foundations formalize an agreement to found a joint company, FDI Cooperation.

The company’s board of managers is made up of representatives from each organization, as well as managers of global automation suppliers, including ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys, Siemens and Yokogawa. Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller, president of Siemens Process Automation, will serve as chairman of the board; and Achim Laubenstein of ABB Automation has been nominated as executive director.

The five organizations initially approved the FDI project in March 2007, aimed at harmonizing the Field Device Tool (FDT) and Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) device integration technologies. The purpose of FDI Cooperation is to complete the standardization of FDI under the International Electrical Commission (IEC); manage the FDI specification; and finalize the FDI toolkits for system and device manufacturers.