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FDT Group, an independent, international, not-for-profit automation integration standards association consisting of leading companies and organizations active in industrial automation and manufacturing, today announced that Point LLC has joined as a Corporate Member. Based in Polotsk, Republic of Belarus, Point LLC is a developer and manufacturer of instrumentation for the industrial automation marketplace with distributor representation in Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Moldova.

FDT Group’s major purpose is to provide an open standard for enterprise-wide network and asset integration for seamless exchange of performance-driven data for the intelligent enterprise. Membership in the organization offers unique advantages for the entire industrial automation industry, including end users, suppliers/developers, service providers, universities, and individuals. Members are involved with providing innovative FDT®-enabled products, solutions and services, and can join working groups, technical project groups and marketing committees to help direct the technology.

Point LLC offers an array of digital pressure and temperature transmitters for the energy, petrochemical, and oil & gas industries. Typical applications include kilns, boilers, drying ovens, climate chambers, petrochemical cracking catalysts, process pipe surfaces, and safety alarm systems for steam-gas turbines. The company’s technology advancements have been realized in sensor-based product development, especially transmitters used in critical environments for heat metering, flow sensing, level/depth measurement in open and closed reservoirs, and climate monitoring in test laboratories and pharmaceutical warehouses.

FDT Group Managing Director Glenn Schulz welcomed Point LLC as the newest FDT Corporate Member. “FDT’s open, independent, vender-neutral and standardized integration environment is empowering the intelligent enterprise,” Schulz said. “We appreciate Point LLC’s support for FDT and look forward to the release of their new DTM offerings to support their line of pressure and temperature transmitters employed by users in their region.”

Instrumentation developers such as Point LLC become members of the FDT Group to leverage FDT technology to enable advancements for sensor-based industrial instrumentation meeting the demands from the marketplace in the process, hybrid and discrete automation markets, according to Samir Nabiyev, deputy general director for Point LLC. He commented, “The majority of our customers use FDT and require FDT/DTM-enabled solutions when seeking new instrumentation. By developing DTMs for our pressure and temperature transmitters, we will become more competitive in today’s market.”

The FDT standard was founded for smart, intelligent integration of control systems and field instrumentation, and is the industry’s de-facto integration standard with millions of devices and systems currently deployed. The basic components allowing seamless integration with FDT include the Device Type Manager™ (DTM™), an executable driver for intelligent device or communication components; and the FDT/FRAME™ application, which is the interface in a stand-alone environment or embedded in an asset management application or other engineering application where the DTMs are loaded for integration and communication for lifecycle management of networks and end devices.

FDT Group offers comprehensive development resources for automation suppliers seeking to implement its technology. This includes DTM Common Components, which speed products to market and free developers to focus on unique differentiating features; and dtmINSPECTOR, the official test-tool ensuring DTM conformance to the FDT standard. For developers looking to outsource DTM development, FDT Service Providers can help strategize FDT solution offerings.

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