FDT Group Makes Big Impact at Hanover Fair

May 27, 2008

Interoperability is the theme of the FDT booth

The FDT Group recently participated in Hannover Messe/Interkama+, held in Hanover, Germany from April 21 to 25, 2008.

The Group had a large booth with 22 participating member companies (ABB, Bosch Rexroth, Endress+Hauser, Flowserve, ifak system, Invensys, Krohne, KW-Software, Metso Automation, MTL, Omron, PACTware Consortium, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell Automation, Samson, Schneider Electric, Sick, SMAR, Turck, VEGA, and Yokogawa).

Proven interoperability was the main message at this year’s FDT booth, The Interoperability demonstration consisting of three multi-vendor applications, two of them for Process Automation and one for Factory Automation highlighted the show. The Process Automation demos included about 90 devices in total, connected to ten Frame Applications of ABB, Endress+Hauser, Flowserve, ifak system, Invensys, Metso Automation, PACTware, Rockwell Automation, SMAR, and Yokogawa. Individual systems could access the devices online, display the same native graphic interfaces, change parameters, and acquire data.  For Factory Automation the FDT interoperability was shown through a demo wall composed of almost 30 devices from 7 different suppliers (Bosch Rexroth, Omron, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, Schneider Electric, Sick, and Turck) connected to 4 PLC systems.

In the DTM development and certification area of the booth, ifak system explained the process of creating, testing, and certifying DTMs and demonstrated some of the tools available to support companies in DTM development.

Additionally, there was a Test & Certification area providing more information on the benefits of DTM certification and future frame certification.

Thanks to the significant amount of visitors and their growing knowledge about FDT, our participation at the world’s biggest industry fair was very successful and we’re looking forward seeing you back next year.

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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