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ISA Adopts FDT 2.0 as American National Standard


ISA Adopts FDT 2.0 as American National Standard

The FDT Group and the International Society of Automation (ISA) announce that FDT 2.0 technology has been fully adopted as 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 field buses and devices, in addition to promoting widespread implementation of standards-based automation solutions.

FDT Group is a member-based, international, non-profit corporation that promotes the proliferation of an open standard for network and asset integration, empowering the intelligent enterprise. FDT is an integration standard established and adopted by millions of automation stakeholders around the globe. ISA 103 Chairman Ian Verhappen oversaw the ISA committee´s unanimous approval by its voting member community. "I would like to thank our informational and voting members who were dedicated to reviewing and commenting on the ISA 103 standard, allowing the region to adopt modern automation technology integration solutions," Verhappen said.

FDT Group Managing Director Glenn Schulz commented, "I want to acknowledge Mr. Verhappen and his service to ISA and thank the ISA 103 committee for its commitment to the advancement of the FDT 2.0 specification to ISA adoption. The United States is a key market for manufacturing for both suppliers and producers, who rely on standards-based technologies to improve automation efficiencies and bottom-line cost benefits. In addition to ISA/ANSI standardization in the USA, FDT 2.0 has been adopted as IEC 62453 and China GB/T 29618-2017."

The FDT 2.0 standard addresses market requirements in the American market by defining the interfaces for both vertical and the horizontal data flow, called Function Control and Data Access, in the framework of a Client-Server architecture. 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. Additionally, the standard allows any field bus-, device- or sub-system-specific software tool to be integrated as part of a universal lifecycle management tool within a plant automation system.

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. At the same time, it includes numerous performance enhancements while ensuring backward compatibility with the existing FDT installed base – enabling 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 leveraging major developments such as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0 to enable end users to realize the true potential of decentralization, interoperability and integration, as well as a unified view of all data and functions across process, factory and hybrid control applications.


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