Shannon Foos from Rockwell Automation has been selected as Director of Marketing North America.
Events will focus on educating automation professionals on FDT Technology.
In November, the user organizations for the two open standards SERCOS III and FDT agreed to collaborate on drawing up an annex to the FDT specification for SERCOS III. SERCOS III will thus be the first high-performance real-time Ethernet communication standard to support FDT Technology, used by many manufacturers to connect field devices to a wide range of software environments. The extension of the FDT specification reinforces the flexibility of SERCOS III as a universal bus for real-time systems in the field of automation.
The new interoperability test system further enhances the quality of the FDT based products and will, in time, become part of the certification process
This important milestone is one of the most important steps in the adoption of FDT Technology as an international standard
IO-Link is becoming the new worldwide standard for sensor and actor communication in the world of automation. Many well known system suppliers as well as sensor and actor vendors support the new standard and offer IO-Link masters and devices. IO-Link can be easily integrated into existing field bus systems like e.g. PROFIBUS, Interbus, ProfiNet, AS-Interface, EtherCAT, etc.
The certification process for DTMs is successfully established since years. DTMs for more than 1000 devices are already certified and listed on the FDT Group’s web site. The tests of DTMs are performed with the official test tool dtmINSPECTOR which checks the conformance of the DTM against FDT Specifications.
The certification of over 50 FOUNDATION fieldbus device DTMs makes FDT Technology available for applications based on FOUNDATIONTM Technology
The FDT Group continues its activities to bring the system providers and the device manufacturers together in order to provide end users with integrated solutions right out of the box. Since November 2007, 22 FDT Group member companies have participated in a project at the facility of Dietz Automation GmbH in Neukirchen, Germany. The project is intended to test the interoperability of the FDT/DTM Technology in a very diverse setting.