FDI Prototype Demonstration

I just read that the new FDI Corporation is already showing benefits with prototypes of the first FDI components –proof that the concepts being proposed will work have been demonstrated on an ABB system. The prototypes include communications with HART, FF and Profibus protocol devices. The article on Control Engineering Europe’s web site http://www.controlengeurope.com/article/46341/First-working-prototype-of-FDI.aspx also includes expected delivery dates for the remainder of the project indicating all the parts should be ready by the end of 2012.

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  • As you will see in my January editorial, I met with Achim Laubenstein of FDI Cooperation LLC at the SPS/IPC/Drives fair in Nuremberg over American Thanksgiving week, and received a detailed discussion that basically says the same things you said, Ian. The proposed specification is out for comment. Prototype testing and final specification writing will get done concurrently in the first half of 2012, and the proposed standard will be delivered to the public and to the IEC by the end of 2012.

    Thank whichever deity you regularly thank...it seems that one standards process works well.

    Walt

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