Industrial communication foundations discuss potential merger

01 October 2013

The Fieldbus Foundation and the HART Communication Foundation are entering into discussions about the potential for merging the two organisations into a single industry foundation, dedicated to the needs of intelligent device communications for process automation.

The chairmen of the two organisations - Dr. Gunther Kegel of the Fieldbus Foundation and Mr. Mark Schumacher of the HART Communication Foundation - issued the following statement on behalf of their Boards of Directors:

“We believe combining the resources and capabilities of each foundation into a single organisation will provide significant benefits to both end users and suppliers. For end users, a single organisation that combines the power of both Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation would provide a full solution that addresses every conceivable aspect of field communications and intelligent device management for the process industries. For suppliers, a single organisation would create efficiencies in resource utilisation, consistency of processes and procedures, and would deliver significant improvements in member services and support.”

The two foundations have worked together in the past and have a history of cooperation. For example, they worked together on the development of common international standards such as Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL) and, more recently, the development of the Field Device Integration (FDI) specification.

The merger could offer the potential to harmonise many aspects of the two protocols, making it easier for end-users and suppliers to implement the technology and obtain the full benefits of each technology in plant operations and maintenance.

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