FieldComm Group was founded in January 2015 with the combining of two leading automation industry consortiums — the Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation. The new organization is dedicated to advancing intelligent integration in process control and instrumentation, and it was officially introduced to the global process industry at the 2015 ACHEMA Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, June 15-19.
With 170,000 attendees from more than 100 countries and 3,800 exhibitors, ACHEMA is the most comprehensive event for process manufacturing. By creating a larger-than-life "Technology Wall" in Hall 11.0, Booth E43, FieldComm Group showed attendees how it is "connecting the world of process automation'" through solutions to integrate valuable digital data available from intelligent field devices.
FieldComm Group staged an interoperable technology demonstration featuring nearly 40 leading suppliers and over 70 devices integrated into both new and legacy systems. The display included leading automation solutions such as FOUNDATION Fieldbus, HART, HART-IP™ and WirelessHART, as well as the Field Device Integration (FDI) standard.
According to FieldComm Group President and CEO Ted Masters, the ACHEMA 2015 exhibition marked a significant milestone for stakeholders involved in developing, managing and promoting global standards for digital device integration. "As one of the world's leading process industry fairs, ACHEMA was the prime venue to debut FieldComm Group and present our vision to end users, suppliers, system integrators and others. We appreciated the opportunity to participate in this major event."
ACHEMA attendees were able to learn about recent advancements in intelligent instrumentation and digital communication protocols. A live demonstration of FDI technology explained how industrial operations benefit from the latest device integration solutions. The FDI specification, developer tools and host components were released in March 2015, and FieldComm Group is now the primary source for assistance with developing FDI-based devices and host systems for FOUNDATION Fieldbus, HART and PROFIBUS.
FieldComm Group's booth also included individual company kiosks hosted by major automation vendors supporting open and interoperable standard technologies. The suppliers showcased their compliant products and integration tools, and experts were on hand to answer questions and demonstrate how connecting and integrating device information delivers value to the enterprise.
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