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Simplifying field device integration

18 February 2019

The FieldComm Group process automation device information model specification (PA-DIM), based on NAMUR requirements, has been endorsed by the OPC Foundation and PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI). This announcement serves as validation of FieldComm Group’s position at the center of process automation standards development and product conformance testing.

Announced at the 2018 ARC Forum, FieldComm Group and the OPC Foundation presented a joint vision for creating a protocol independent, process automation device information model (PA-DIM) specification to implement the requirements of the NAMUR Open Architecture (NOA). PROFIBUS & PROFINET International is now also participating in this vision.
 
Commenting on the announcement, Ted Masters, president & CEO at FieldComm Group, said: “The goal of PA-DIM, when used alongside registered products that support FieldComm Group and PI’s joint FDI technology (Field Device Integration) is to simplify field device integration to systems and clouds, as recommended by NAMUR and ZVEI, by standardising on a single information model that supports the many field device protocols used in process automation including HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus, ISA100.11a, PROFIBUS PA, PROFINET and WirelessHART.”
 
“Using the OPC UA based PA-DIM with FDI products will enable end users to dramatically reduce time to market for advanced analytics, big data, and enterprise cloud solutions that can often rely on information from thousands of geographically dispersed field devices that use multiple process automation protocols,” said Stefan Hoppe, president and executive director at OPC Foundation.
 
“Industry 4.0 requires a high degree of digitisation and standardisation, which triggers a need for a series of future-oriented innovations in the field of industrial automation. For PI, PA-DIM is one of the essential enabling technologies that support this. PI is looking forward to continuing the years of successful cooperation with FieldComm Group and OPC Foundation in the new field of standardisation of PA-DIM,” said Dr Peter Wenzel, executive director at PI Germany.
 
Standards development working groups are now actively engaged in finalising specifications for the imminent release of PA-DIM.


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