Manufacturing AUTOMATION

FieldComm acquires FDT/DTM Technology to drive intelligent device management

June 10, 2024
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

FieldComm Group has acquired FDT Group’s assets including the FDT/DTM technology standards. With this acquisition,  FieldComm Group intends to address industrial device management challenges across the entire industrial automation market. The addition of FDT/DTM technology, a widely deployed device integration standard across process and factory automation markets, adds new technologies to FieldComm’s portfolio, addressing the industrial automation hierarchy.

“As digitalization transforms the automation industry by breaking down barriers between operation technology and information technology, the integration of factory and process automation devices becomes both more important and more difficult. Our aim as a standards organization is to add intelligence to the device integration process, with an ultimate goal of making it simpler,” stated Ted Masters, president and CEO of FIeldComm Group.

Installed devices in the field reportedly often use both FDI and FDT technology for intelligent device management. Leveraging combined resources and expertise, FieldComm notes that it is now better positioned to address the industry’s evolving needs, improve interoperability and streamline integration and lifecycle management procedures for the future.

As part of the acquisition, FieldComm announced the formation of a Strategic Integration Committee (SIC), under the leadership of industry expert Steve Biegacki, former managing director of the FDT Group. The SIC will advance integration standards, including FDT/DTM and FDI, ensuring proactive management and maintenance of these technologies. The committee will initially be composed of FieldComm Group board-level company representatives, with planned expansion to include representatives from other Standards Development Organizations (SDOs). The SIC aims to collaboratively work to preserve the existing installed base and chart a standardization roadmap for a unified device management platform, ensuring interoperability across existing protocols as well as future technology evolution, including OPC UA FX.”

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