HART and Foundation organisations to merge as the FieldComm Group

09 September 2014

The members of HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation have approved a merger, proposed by their respective boards through a voting process that concluded on 30 August.  

This was the final step in constructing a single organisation to lead these process automation communications and integration technologies and concludes a year-long study and diligence period that was conducted by a team of volunteers representing each of the Foundations.

The new corporation, called FieldComm Group, will be led by a board of directors composed of representatives of the collective companies’ from the current boards of each Foundation. Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller has been elected as the inaugural chairman of the Board. He will lead the direction of the FieldComm Group and oversee the addition of FDI LLC in mid-2015.

Kumpfmueller has served as a leader in setting the course of device integration in his role as Chairman of the FDI LLC board and as CEO of Sensors and Communication at Siemens. He is convinced that the formation of FieldComm Group is “a major step forward for the process industries… leveraging the strengths of each industry-leading protocol and adding the value of the next generation integration strategy.”

The board has appointed Ted Masters as president and CEO of FieldComm Group. Masters brings instrumentation and controls experience to bear in addition to a deep understanding of the use of data analytics in enterprise systems. He said: “The creation of FieldComm Group is an unprecedented opportunity to build upon existing technologies and develop a single future vision toward harmonisation of standards for the process automation industry worldwide. I am excited about the opportunity to work together with distinguished leaders and technologies around the globe to integrate valuable process intelligence from devices to improve the operations of our users.”

During the transition and integration of the two organisations, Rich Timoney will serve as executive vice president of FieldComm Group.

FieldComm Group will consolidate offices in Austin Texas, and will function as a single entity from 1 January 2015. 

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