FDT Group Releases dtmINSPECTOR 2.0

July 6, 2007

FDT Group and M&M Software announce the release of DTM test tool dtmINSPECTOR 2.0. This version of dtmINSPECTOR contains certification tests for Foundation Fieldbus, Interbus, DeviceNet extension to CIP in addition to the already existing Profibus and HART protocols. Several new test cases are also added for all protocols.

This addition to the FDT toolset significantly expands the reach of our certification process and enables certification and registration of DTMs for Foundation Fieldbus, Interbus and DeviceNet.

End users will be able to purchase and install DTMs for these protocols with the added guarantee of formal certification from the FDT Group.

The dtmINSPECTOR is a Software-Tool that automatically and systematically tests the conformance of DTMs with the FDT-Specification. All DTMs, like Communication-, Device- and Gateway-DTMs, can be tested with this tool.  The dtmINSPECTOR provides the DTM manufacturer enhanced DTM development support and ensures a speedy and trouble free certification of DTMs.

By using dtmINSPECTOR through the DTMs development process, the developer can quickly identify any differences between the developing software and the FDT Specification.   It is now possible to debug the DTM during a test run checking for the direct monitoring of code interaction. This expedites trouble-shooting and significantly decreases the cost of error correction since early detection of errors leads to much lower bug fixing cost.

The DTM certification test is part of the formal certification process.  The official Certification Tests procedure used at the accredited Test Sites also use the dtmINSPECTOR.  The developer can thus check the software conformance prior to sending it to the test site, thereby ensuring successful testing the first time.

About the FDT Group AISBL

The FDT Group AISBL is a non-profit corporation consisting of over 55 leading process and factory automation companies worldwide whose major purpose 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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