FDI Cooperation, LLC: A new company to support the FDI technology is founded
FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communication Foundation, Profibus & Profinet International, and OPC Foundation launch a company to manage ongoing development work on FDI, the common solution for device integration.
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 their efforts and form a joint company under the banner FDI Cooperation, LLC (a limited liability company under U.S. law). This was made formal by all representatives signing the contract documents in Karlsruhe, Germany, September 26. The new corporation will be headed by a board of managers, which is composed of the representatives of the involved organizations, as well as managers of global automation suppliers including ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Invensys, Siemens, and Yokogawa. Hans-Georg Kumpfmüller of Siemens will serve as chairman of the board. Achim Laubenstein of ABB has been nominated as executive director.
The new organization has three main tasks:
• Completing the standardization of FDI under IEC (International Electrical Commission)
• Managing the FDI specification, and
• Finalizing the FDI tool kits for system and device manufacturers.
FDI Cooperation originated from efforts at the EDDL Cooperation Team (ECT) to accelerate deployment of the FDI solution, which was kicked-off at the 2007 Hanover Fair. Since then, the project has carefully shaped the technology direction for the converged FDI solution. FDI is a unified solution for simple as well as the most advanced field devices, and for tasks associated with all phases of their life cycle such as configuration, commissioning, diagnostics, and calibration.
The FDI Cooperation Website is still being developed.
Edited by Peter Welander, pwelander(at)cfemedia.com
Case Study Database
Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.
These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.
Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.
Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.