Honeywell joins FDT
Honeywell announced it has joined the Field Device Tool (FDT) Group, a collaboration of international automation companies that supports the advancement of FDT and Device Tool Management (DTM) technology.
Honeywell will be able to offer innovative solutions to support its own and other supplier's devices through this open technology."Honeywell is investing in technology and open standards that provide the market with a wide range of choices when interconnecting devices and subsystems with automation solutions. Honeywell is committed to providing solutions based upon open-systems standards that will benefit the end-user community, and by joining the FDT Group, we can continue to do just that." said Paul Butler, Honeywell Process Solutions Vice President of Technology.
Honeywell maintains its firm commitment to its investments in DDL technology for HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus. "FDT technology is complementary to DDL technology and holds promise in other areas, specifically around the support of configuration and diagnostics for more sophisticated subsystems, especially in the discrete and hybrid industries.The new FDT Group organizational structure makes it much easier for companies to collaborate on this open technology and deliver benefits to our customers," Butler said.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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