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Profibus device integration with FDT 2.0 announced

21 September 2016

The FDT Group has announced the certification of the first generic device Device Type Managers (DTMs) for Profibus DP which are compliant with the FDT 2.0 specification.

The device has been created by Thorsis Technologies (previously ifak system GmbH), a developer of industrial communication and distributed automation. Two DTMs are now FDT certified and available to the market. The isPro CommDTM V4, which allows seamless communication of all devices on the Profibus network; and the isPro Generic Device DTM, which looks inside each device providing operational management, including configuration information and status of each device within a centralised FDT/FRAME system environment.

Commenting on the development, Glenn Schulz, managing director of the FDT Group, said: "The global end-user community is driving demand for FDT-enabled solutions employing FDT 2.0 Technology, and thus the growth of our certification program. Based on modern Microsoft .NET technology, the FDT 2.0 standard maintains proven FDT heritage, but includes numerous performance enhancements while ensuring backward compatibility with our existing installed base. We are pleased that manufacturers are responding to industry requirements by bringing certified FDT/DTMs based on the FDT 2.0 specification to market."

Michael Huschke, of Thorsis Technologies, said: "Our company is proud to offer the first certified FDT 2.0 DTMs to the global automation community. This development will help the industrial sector reach a new level of intelligent device integration with improved security and interoperability. End users can concentrate on operational workflows instead of having to spend time worrying about infrastructure."

To certify a DTM based on the FDT 2.0 version, it is necessary to use the DTM Common Components, which provide developers with pre-written and pre-tested FDT specification requirements to speed the product development, testing and certification process. This approach simplifies DTM testing since the Common Components inherently meet the established test cases, which creates consistency in the interface between the DTM and the FRAME for seamless integration. 

More than 8,000 devices currently are supported by FDT-certified DTMs, making it the most widely adopted standard for integration of devices in industrial control systems. 

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