FDT Technology is an open standard for enterprise-wide network and asset integration, transforming the way industrial automation architectures connect and communicate sensor to cloud. Ongoing advancement of this technology is leveraging major developments like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0 to enable end users to realize the true potential of decentralization, interoperability, integration, as well as a unified view of all data and functions across process, factory and hybrid control applications.

FDT® was built to support a comprehensive, open architecture for the connected world of industrial automation networks and assets. The backbone architecture, standardized independent of industrial automation networks, allows for a comprehensive networking integration model allowing for seamless integration mapping to connect intelligent assets relaying device-specific diagnostics data enterprise-wide.

With the FDT solution, users can monitor a few critical inputs or thousands of inputs. The architecture adapts to any field communication protocol that may be needed, and the use of network tunneling allows an FDT/FRAME™ to seamlessly talk through any number of disparate network layers to the end device. All common networks for the process, hybrid and discrete industries are supported by the FDT standard. When incorporating a network into the FDT standard, they are officially named as an FDT supported network “Annex.”

Recent Technology Enhancement Towards the "Connected World"

FDT and OPC Unite for Sensor to Cloud Integration

Most recently the FDT-OPC UA information model enhanced the configuration of networks and devices, and optimized the enterprise with access to data without protocol-specific handling. FDT helps put “Big Data” in context and supports better and faster decision-making – reducing critical failures potentially costing millions of dollars.

The combined FDT/OPC UA standards create a single system infrastructure that standardizes the connection of industrial networks, automation systems and devices. Remote access to connected machines, production units and devices drives performance improvements. OPC provides a uniform interface for many different client applications, whereas FDT provides network/device configuration and access to devices. This approach enables unification of system engineering, configuration and diagnosis in Industrie 4.0.

FDT is built to support a comprehensive open architecture for the connected world of industrial automation networks and assets. The backbone architecture, standardized independent of network protocols, allows for a comprehensive integration model and a seamless integration mapping approach for connecting intelligent assets relaying device-specific diagnostic data enterprise-wide.

All common networks for the process, hybrid and factory automation industries are supported by the FDT standard. When incorporating a network into the FDT standard, they are officially named as an FDT supported network “Annex.”

The following protocols are integrated into the FDT standard and are supported Annexes:

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FDT is the established, open standard connecting the intelligent enterprise for all devices and networks in the process, hybrid, and factory automation sectors. It creates a common communication method between devices and control or monitoring systems that are used to configure, operate, maintain, and diagnose intelligent assets. FDT is recognized as an international (IEC 62453), ISA (ISA 103), and China (GB/T 29618) standard.

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