FDT Group Observes an Increased Certification Trend

April 8, 2014

Manufacturers Respond to End Users’ Requests for Certified DTMs.

The FDT Group reports that the trend for FDT® certifications has risen sharply for the first quarter of 2014. Manufacturers have submitted products to independent test laboratories to confirm compliance with the FDT standard and have subsequently requested in the first quarter of 2014  that certificates for more than 85 devices be issued. This latest data follows on from a very busy certification year in 2013.

“The end-user community has driven the demand for FDT certification,” reports Katrien Peeters, Manager of the FDT Certification Office. “We are pleased that the manufacturers have responded to this marketplace requirement by bring certified DTMs to the market more quickly than ever before. Later this year we will introduce a new on-line certified product catalog to help end users find certified  products more quickly through enhanced parametric search features. Cryptographically signed digital certificates will also be available allowing FDT applications to programmatically validate that a DTM has been certified.”

The FDT Group maintains a world-wide, independently owned and operated network of testing laboratories that are regularly audited to ensure compliance with the FDT testing and certification requirements. Visit the FDT Group website for a full list of available testing labs.

About the FDT Group AISBL

The FDT Group AISBL is an international non-profit corporation consisting of over 90 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; to provide development tools, support, and training; to coordinate field trials and demonstrations; and to enable product interoperability. Visit www.fdtgroup.org and www.fdt2.org for more information.

FDT® is a registered trademark and FDT2™ is a trademark of the FDT Group AISBL.


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