From refining, petrochemicals, power generation, and water/wastewater, to pharmaceuticals, food processing and machinery, there is a diverse scope of applications for FDT® Technology.
Automation plays a critical role across the industrial landscape and involves a host of diverse tasks – both in different industries and in different areas of the same plant or factory. This scenario demands the highest levels of integration and interoperability amongst measurement and control assets.
Experience has shown that FDT Technology bridges the chasm between different communication protocols used across facilities and industries, and as such, is an effective solution for the array of automation tasks. The traditional boundaries between areas of control do not exist for FDT Technology, making it easier for engineers and production managers to set up a seamless asset management solution.
FDT has a long history of adoption across the global process industries. Process operations require advanced control, monitoring, and innovative simulation. The emphasis is on continuous or batch mixing, reaction and separation of materials to produce other materials of higher value. A DCS is most commonly used in process plants.
FDT is particularly advantageous for hybrid automation applications in fields like food & beverage, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, where many different technologies are used throughout a single facility and the enterprise. This includes process control networks running at an appropriate speed for the production side of the operation, and factory automation networks running at higher speeds for packaging, bottling, etc. The challenge is to develop new strategies for maintaining cost-effective, sustainable production capacity, and any such strategy will need to take into account the efficient integration of the network infrastructure.
FDT has gain widespread adoption throughout the factory automation sector. Discrete manufacturing involves the assembly of component parts to construct products that can be measured in units. These operations may use both a DCS and PLC to operate and control the motors, conveyors, robots, inspection systems, and similar devices that work together to complete the manufacturing process.