FDT® Technology holds the key to integrating any device, system or network in complex industrial automation architectures. It is a proven solution bridging legacy and the new era of automation platforms, making it easier to access information in plants and facilities with multigenerational assets that use one or multiple communication networks.
With FDT Technology, industrial firms have already unlocked the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for crucial automation applications. They also gain a modernized approach across diverse plant and factory environments. FDT can balance these needs, especially with the increased number of hybrid installations that combine elements of both forms of automation.
FDT was specifically developed to provide an open, non-proprietary solution for integrating field devices with automation and asset management systems. It already supports all major industrial protocols in factory and process automation, with an open architecture to adapt additional protocol annexes as the industry demands. Additionally, the FDT standard supports the diverse array of simple to the most sophisticated intelligent devices, for complex applications with “device drivers” such as a DTM™, or other device representations (e.g., Device Description (DD), Electronic Device Description (EDD), FDI Device Package, IODD and others), allowing the use of plug-and-play devices as needed.
FDT Technology can be implemented in a way that defends against possible cyber security threat vectors, providing unparalleled protection when hosted within a secure Information Technology (IT) platform. It offers multi-network support and is independent of the communication protocol and software environment of both the device and host system – allowing any device to be accessed from any host, using any protocol to support smart operations. The technology also provides unparalleled access to basic device parametric data as well as advanced diagnostics and analysis.
FDT simplifies device integration from sensor to enterprise with operational data available through a standardized user interface – no matter the supplier, device type/function, or communication protocol. Once integrated, this information can become part of the IIoT, providing access to information that helps increase plant reliability and efficiency.
Most importantly, FDT Technology plays a vital role in the entire automation lifecycle, offering adaptability for asset support requirements from planning and engineering, installation, and configuration and parameterization, through start-up, operations and maintenance. The earlier phases of the lifecycle can be dramatically improved in the form of FDT-enabled systems and devices that support the integration of device and process information.