The FDT® Technology specification is developed and maintained by the FDT Group AISBL, a non-profit association of international companies that support the proliferation of FDT Technology. The mission of the organization is to promote the acceptance and usage of FDT in the factory, process and hybrid automation industries.
Introduced in 1998, FDT is a proven and mature standard, which frees automation end users from the constraints imposed by field communication protocols, control platforms, instrument suppliers, and the manufacturing environment. It is incorporated in the international standard IEC 62453, as well as the North American standard ISA103 and China GB/T 29618.
Most major system manufacturers integrate the FRAME™ Application interface in their system solution offerings and more than 8,000 device types/models are supported by certified Device Type Managers™ (DTMs™), making it the most widely adopted standard for integration of multi-vendor, multi-network devices in industrial automation systems.
FDT Technology is the de-facto standard that enables open access to device intelligence and brings network standards from process automation and production automation together on one platform.
Indeed, when introduced, the FDT solution was ahead of its time in terms of providing secure and reliable interoperability across automation systems, network and devices. Today, industrial facilities employing FDT/FRAME™ enabled systems are benefiting from open access to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Recent enhancements of FDT Technology has allowed for faster execution for mega installations incorporating thousands of input/output (I/O) devices. The technology supports a comprehensive IIoT-connected enterprise, creating a single system infrastructure that standardizes the connection of disparate automation assets Remote access to connected machines, production units, and devices opens the door to significant lifecycle management and maintenance performance improvements.
The FDT Group has also established a comprehensive cyber security infrastructure not only for the sake of the FDT user community, but also for the automation industry at large. It is currently compiling a series of cyber security best practices to help members implement FDT solutions in a way that avoids possible threat vectors.