November 2011

Trends and Resources

HP Impact: The quest for a common integration technology

The five major automation foundations (FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, and OPC Foundation) have developed a single common solution for..

Thinnes, Billy, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

The five major automation foundations (FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, and OPC Foundation) have developed a single common solution for field device integration (FDI). These foundations decided to combine efforts and form a joint company. The new company is named FDI Cooperation. This was made official when all the foundation executives signed contract documents in Karlsruhe, Germany, at the end of September (Fig. 1). The FDI Cooperation will be headed by a board of managers comprised of representatives from the involved organizations, as well as managers of global automation suppliers including ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, H

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