Certification of the first FOUNDATION Fieldbus DTM

April 22, 2008

The FF CommDTM completes the tool set needed for certification of FOUNDATION fieldbus device DTMs

Today, the FDT Group proudly announces the certification of the FOUNDATION fieldbus Communication DTM (FF commDTM) from Codewrights.  The DTM provides a standard software interface allowing process automation systems, engineering tools and asset management systems access to all the advanced features of FF field devices.

Combined with the already released dtmINSPECTOR 2.1, this first certified FF communication DTM  completes the tool set needed for the certification of  FF device DTMs existing in the market place today.  Indeed, there are over 25 FF DTMs from 12 suppliers, currently being sold and installed in many process plants worldwide.  As a reminder, a DTM can support many different device types thereby extending the additional guarantee of certification to several hundreds FF field devices.

Achim Laubenstein, VP of technology for the FDT Group, declares: “This certification is a milestone in our market penetration and technology development strategy.  Our end users have long requested a rigorous certification process as an assurance for trouble free implementation of their automation projects.  A large number of certified device DTMs is already available with HART and PROFIBUS communication protocols.  This release allows us to populate our extensive list of certified DTMs with many FOUNDATION fieldbus compatible devices.  The combination of FDT and FOUNDATION fieldbus technologies is a favorite solution in the oil & gas industry that has been adopted by leading end users for very large automation projects worldwide.”

About the FDT Group AISBL

The FDT Group AISBL is a non-profit corporation consisting of over 60 leading worldwide companies active in process and factory automation.  The major purpose of the FDT Group is to provide an open and non proprietary interface for the integration of field devices with engineering, automation and asset management systems. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, sup­port and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability.


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