Improving device and process visibility with FDI

21 March 2022

Emerson has announced that its device management software is the first host software to be fully registered by FieldComm Group to support the Field Device Integration (FDI) standard.

This is a further step in Emerson’s efforts to reduce the time and effort spent  by end-user manufacturers installing and configuring field devices to achieve their transformation goals.

FDI registration will reduce the need for plants to support two different technologies to integrate and maintain field devices. Full FDI registration is important to avoid having a patchwork of systems and devices that only support individual elements of FDI but still require extensive integration effort. Because manufacturers can pick and choose individual FDI features to support, some device management applications will likely not contain every feature a plant requires. 

Emerson has worked with FieldComm Group for nearly two years to enable its AMS Device Manager to pass the group’s rigorous testing process for registration, which requires all features to be supported by the software. 

“Today’s intelligent field devices offer a broad range of data and functionality that plant personnel can use to optimise operations, but without a common standard, collecting that data can be complex and cumbersome,” said Ted Masters, chief executive officer of FieldComm Group. “By completing the process to fully register AMS Device Manager’s FDI support, Emerson is providing its customers the tools to more easily implement a wider range of devices for holistic plant health.”

The newest release of AMS Device Manager will make it easier, more secure, and more cost effective to access device data. FDI integration technology eliminates the need for plants to support the two most common technologies for installing and configuring devices: Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and Field Device Tool/Device Type Manager (FDT/DTM). Instead, all FDI devices support a single installation package, so organisations will no longer have to double up on time, training, and effort when installing field devices.  

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