FDI achievement result of co-operation with process control suppliers

14 November 2008

The FDI (Field Device Integration) team has completed the draft architecture and inventory of use case analysis, describing the achievements as a milestone. The Steering Committee of the EDDL Co-operation Team has worked closely with the FDT Group to advance a common solution for field device integration.

Over the past 18 months team FDI team worked to identify use cases that encompass all facets of plant operations: from startup and commissioning; to ongoing maintenance activities and plant operations. The team also drafted an architecture concept that meets the needs of both technologies as they are migrated to a common standard.

The team now says both the draft architecture concept and the complete inventory of use case analysis have been completed due to the close co-operation between key global process control suppliers; including ABB, Emerson, Invensys, Rockwell, Siemens, and Yokogawa. Future efforts will be focused on completing two remaining documents. The first is a functional specification which will detail how the benefits of EDDL, FDT, and the OPC Unified Architecture will be combined. Release of this draft functional specification is planned for February 2009. Lastly, a comprehensive technical specification will be published.

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