FDT from the Far East to the Mid West #PAuto

Hot on the heels of the news that Emerson Process Management had joined FDT come three releases in quick succession announcing developements in China, co-operation with CC-link and a new educational member from Ohio in America’s Mid West. Here are the details.

FDT in China
The FDT Group AISBL has formed a new China FDT Association with ten leading Process and Factory Automation supplier members headquartered in China.

“The China automation market has mirrored  the high growth of the China domestic market. The FDT Group has supported China activities indirectly for several years,  however, recent requests by indigenous automation companies to increase the China FDT activities lead to the formation of the China FDT Association,” states Glenn Schulz, Managing Director of the international FDT Group. “This new FDT association has been structured to allow local control and focus of FDT activities in China.”

The ten China companies joining the FDT Group include: Beijing Automation Technical Research Institute, Beijing Hollysys Co., Ltd, Chongqing Chuanyi Automation Co., Ltd, ChongQing YuTong System and Software Co., Ltd, Microcyber Inc., Shanghai Automation Instrumentation Co., Ltd, Shanghai Chenzhu Instrument Co., Ltd, Shenzhen Maxonic  Automation  Control  Co. Ltd, and SUPCON Group Co., Ltd.

“We are very pleased with the focus and dedication of our new China FDT Association. Our new chairman of the China FDT Association Board, Mr. Ken Qui of Endress +HauserChina, has set out an ambitious schedule for the new organization,” states Mr. Michael Sinz, Director of marketing for FDT in China. “I extend a special thanks to our sponsoring member companies: Flowserve, Invensys, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric, and Yokogawa as well as ITEI and Southwest University for their guidance in the formation of our new FDT association.”

FDT Group in China

The members of the Board of Directors of the China FDT Association are: Mr. Ken Qui of Endress+Hauser, Mr. Scott Wilkerson of Flowserve, Mr. Shripad Lale of Invensys, Mr. Ou Yang Jin Song of ITEI, Mr. Hua Rong of Rockwell, Mr. Wang Yong of Schneider Electric, Mr. Chen Peng of Yokogawa, and Mr. Glenn Schulz of FDT Group.

FDT Group and CC-Link Announce Cooperation Agreement
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has signed a cooperation agreement with the FDT Group to promote the use of the FDT as an international standard.  Under the agreement CLPA will support the development of an annex of the protocol for the FDT standard to support the CC-Link family of networks including its CC-Link IE Field Gigabit Industrial Ethernet.

CLPA’s participation is significant for the growth of FDT technology because of its pre-eminence in the Asian markets. Later this month (November 2010) FDT will make a presentation to a selected audience of members, users and the press at the CLPA 10th anniversary celebrations in Tokyo.

FDT standardizes the communication and configuration interface between all field devices and host systems. It provides a common environment for accessing the devices’ most sophisticated features. Any device can be configured, operated, and maintained over the CC-Link networks through the standardized user interface – regardless of supplier or type.

Steve Jones, European General Manager of the CLPA says,  “We find increasingly that users are demanding common tools to enable them to access and integrate intelligent field devices.  Implementing the common environment provided by FDT provides this, but also gives us the potential to add new functionality for users of CC-Link networks.”

Glenn Schulz, Managing Director of the FDT Group states, ” We are pleased to have formalized this excellent working relationship with  CLPA.  Their broad acceptance in the automation market place is a compliment to the core goals and objectives of the FDT standard.”

In addition to CC-Link, FDT supports more than 13 network protocols including Hart, Profibus, Foundation Fieldbus, DeviceNet, Interbus, AS-Interface, and others.

Lorain County Community College Joins the FDT Group
The FDT Group announces that Lorain County Community College (LCCC) is its newest member.  LCCC is located in the greater Cleveland, (OH US) metropolitan area and focuses on workforce development providing education and training in the latest technologies. “We are thrilled to bring on a new educational member,” says Glenn Schulz, Managing Director of the FDT Group.  “Institutions such as LCCC provide the educational backbone for the automation market keeping the workforce technically advanced for this growing industry.”

LCCC is targeted as the first FDT Certification Testing Site in the Americas with accreditation to perform DTM certifications expected before the end of the year.   The new certification site is supported by a $5.5 million grant from the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering (WCSSE) supporting economic development objectives allowing for the transition from older industries to newer, high-growth industrial technology markets like sensor technology.

This new center will support the global automation market by providing consultancy services in the areas of DTM analysis, testing of communication, gateway and device DTMs during development, and final DTM certification testing to ensure conformance to the FDT specification.  In addition to these services, LCCC will host an in-house integration evaluation and testing lab providing a hands-on facility for users to validate benefits of FDT Technology, implementing asset management strategies based on FDT Technology.

“We are excited to join forces with the FDT Group and their international based membership to build on business opportunities needed to ensure economic and workforce development for the manufacturing and technology industries in the greater Lorain County region,” said Duncan Estep, Director, FDT Technology Certification Testing Center –Americas.  LCCC is preparing for their accreditation audit to occur before year end.

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