Emerson announces today that its device management software is fully registered by FieldComm Group to support the field device integration (FDI) standard. The company says this is a further step in its efforts to reduce the time and effort spent installing and configuring the field devices plants rely on to achieve their digital transformation goals.
Field devices collect and transmit important data that personnel use to improve plant health, performance and reliability. FDI registration will reduce the need for plants to support two different technologies to integrate and maintain field devices, according to Emerson. 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 says it worked with FieldComm Group for nearly two years to enable 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 optimize operations, but without a common standard, collecting that data can be complex and cumbersome,” says 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, according to Emerson. 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 organizations will no longer have to double up on time, training and effort when installing field devices.
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