FDI solves the problem of integrating field devices with the multitude of networks, operating systems, and control systems used in the process industries.
Today's field devices look more and more like embedded computers. Intelligent, micro-processor based devices deployed across a wide choice of networks offering a broad range of data that has never been available before. Increased data creates an information management dilemma. How can we take the storm of data created by intelligent field devices and turn it into actionable information?
The first step is to simplify the procedures needed to access field device information by higher-level control or host systems. These procedures, known as integration, must be completed to assure proper field device management by the host including device configuration, replacement, maintenance, and diagnostics. They must be standardized, usable across all systems, independent of device suppliers, system suppliers, or vendor specific tools.
FDI was jointly developed by leading process industry foundations including FieldComm Group, PROFIBUS International, and the OPC Foundation. Major supplier companies including ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Honeywell, Schneider, Siemens, and Yokogawa supported the project.
For an overview of the benefits and purpose of FDI, check out our brochure.