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Honeywell officially joins EDDL Cooperation for field device standards

Honeywell has officially joined the bid to promote unified field device standards, by joining the EDDL Cooperation Team (ECT), which supports industry efforts to develop a single, unified standard for integrating field devices with industrial facility control systems.

The company is among a group of process automation technology developers that have agreed to support Field Device Integration (FDI) specification packages in their systems and products and will provide resources to help complete the standard.

These including associations FDT Group, Fieldbus Foundation, HART Communications Foundation, OPC Foundation and PROFIBUS Nutzerorganisation, as well as the companies ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Invensys, Siemens, and Yokogawa.

Finalisation of the FDI specification is planned for 2010. The ECT will be responsible for developing common design and test tools, common binary format and an interpreter across the HART, FOUNDATION Fieldbus and PROFIBUS protocols.

“Increased interoperability continues to be a key demand of process manufacturers, and the FDI specification will be a major step forward in helping them design integrated process control solutions that improve overall plant safety, reliability, efficiency and sustainability,” said Honeywell Process Solutions director of marketing, Scott Hillman.

“Honeywell supports this effort because it can reduce the overall cost of ownership of digital field devices for our customers and improve the effectiveness of advanced diagnostics that will help move the industry forward.”

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