The Benefits of FDI Technology

The ISA104 Device Integration committee was established to develop or adopt, and to facilitate the application of standards and technical reports that represent device and interface descriptions for access of field devices in automation systems. In 2012 the scope of the committee was expanded to include the promotion of the Field Device Integration (FDI) standard, IEC 62769. The FDI standard integrates concepts of both the Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL, standardized in IEC 61804-3) and Field Device Technology (FDT, standardized in IEC 62453). This new technology reduces efforts for device manufacturers since FDI standardizes a common information model for field devices. To communicate and promote the benefits of the FDI technology, four members of the ISA104 committee have written a paper, “FDI Meets Plant’s Device Integration Needs” that will be presented on the first day of ISA Automation Week. This year ISA Automation Week will be held 5-7 November 2013 at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN.
In this paper we address the challenges that users of 4-20 mA/HART, FOUNDATION fieldbus, and PROFIBUS devices currently face with two sets of files to integrate their devices; EDD files and DTM1.2.x software drivers. Information is provided on how The Field Device Integration technology better meets plant needs, which includes investment protection, robustness, easy system administration, easy to use devices, interoperability, and easy migration.

The FDI technology combines the best features of EDDL and FDT2 and provides a single device package that can be used on any system. The paper discusses how FDI meets the recommendations released by NAMUR chemical industry user organization, some of which are contained in their NE105 recommendation.

If you would like to learn more about FDI technology then I encourage you to sit in on this paper presentation at ISA Automation Week. Also, visitors are welcome to sit in on the ISA104 committee meeting that will be held on Monday, November 4th at the Nashville Convention Center – one day before the conference opens.