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Latest FDT technology on show at Hannover

15 April 2016

At Hannover Messe, The FDT Group will present a live, interactive display demonstrating a brewing application and OPC UA data exchange.

The FDT Group demonstration, located in Hall 9, Booth F54, will feature an FDT integrated application including multiple protocols, vendors and devices. The demonstration system simulates a brewing and bottling application using control systems and components commonly found in a brewery. More than 20 companies' products will be included in this exhibit, which features beer pumping between tanks and beer bottles being filled on a rotary conveyor.

The booth will showcase the progress made by the FDT Group and OPC Foundation on integrating the OPC UA architecture into an FDT Frame. 

A new feature will be a demonstration of robust device-to-cloud data exchange made possible by the two organisations’ collaboration. Visitors will see a display of asset health monitoring on a mobile device using the FDT2/OPC UA annex. FDT Technology’s method of communicating device and machine data using OPC UA is said to provide an effective combination of local control and monitoring. The demonstration will show the standard integration of information provided by Device Type Managers (DTMs) into the OPC UA information model. This is an important capability for device diagnostics, configuration and remote asset management, as well as integration with Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) to support operational excellence initiatives.

Glenn Schulz, FDT Group managing director said: "Throughout global manufacturing, there is a diverse scope of process, hybrid and discrete automation applications for FDT Technology. Our standard gives users the ability to mix and match field communication protocols, control system platforms and instrumentation suppliers, simplifying device integration in a host of demanding environments. Our integrated brewery display will show how fast and easy it is for plant operators to integrate and communicate with different field devices by utilising an array of device drivers, such as DTMs and Device Descriptions, via a single, open engineering environment over multiple communication protocols enabled by FDT Technology.”

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