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FieldComm Group releases FDI Package IDE and Common Host Components Version 1.1

24 August 2015

The FieldComm Group has released the first update to its newest tool deliverables, the FDI Package IDE and the FDI Common Host Components.

Version 1.1 of the development tools introduce new capabilities for FDI product developers including an automated device package test tool, support for PROFINET based device packages, and support for developing device packages capable of offline configuration, including upload and download features. 

FDI (Field Device Integration) aims to make it easier for automation suppliers to develop and integrate intelligent devices because suppliers will only need to create a single, unified package for each intelligent device that can work with all host systems and tools. This will reduce overall development costs, while preserving and expanding existing functionality.
 
It will benefit end-users too as users should find it easier to manage information from intelligent devices with a single device package, instead of managing multiple file types for disparate solutions and investing significant capital in custom integration efforts to connect multiple technology platforms.

FDI Package IDE 1.1 has been feature enhanced with the following improvements:
• Device Package Test tool which enables automated testing of device packages.
• Support for PROFINET. The tool now supports HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, PROFIBUS and PROFINET.
• Offline configuration capability of devices which enables configuration of devices prior to connection to the system.
• Upload/download features which enables offline configuration to be downloaded/uploaded on the system.
• Bug fixes.

The FDI Device Package IDE is a tool for device developers to create FDI Packages and includes everything a host system needs to integrate the intelligent device into their system. With FDI, a single FDI Device Package makes it easier for device suppliers to develop and integrate their device across a wide range of host systems and protocols. 

FDI Common Host Components 1.1 have been feature enhanced with the addition of offline configuration capability of devices which enables configuration of devices prior to connection to the system; Upload/download features which enables offline configuration to be downloaded/uploaded on the system; and bug fixes.

The FDI Common Host Components are software components for host system manufacturers that allows for rapid development and support of FDI device packages into their host systems. The components help system suppliers ensure they properly comply with the standard and consume device packages correctly. The FDI Common Host Components fully support both the new unified EDD file format as well as legacy EDD formats to protect end user investments.


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