Saving Time and Money with Your Smart Instrumentation

Everyone is interested in doing more with less, increasing productivity, get or remain competitive, and maximizing installed asset. The key word in that statement is “interested”. With the vast majority of the installed field instrument asset being “smart”, why are we not using these smart assets to help us improve operations, lower costs, improve productivity and move to a predictive rather than a preventative maintenance strategy?

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One reason is that plants today have multiple field protocols, connecting smart instruments made by multiple suppliers, connecting to multiple and aging control systems, expecting everything to work together as promised.  This requires multiple tools and skill sets in order to manage and benefit from such an array of devices and protocols.

Over the life-cycle of the plant, the benefits of FDT Technology can help you:

  • Better utilize existing technology, assets and staff
  • Lower maintenance and operating cost
  • Reduce downtime and unscheduled outages
  • Maximize your installed smart instrument asset for better asset management

With capital investments in control systems or process upgrades seeming almost impossible to acquire, users are forced to look within their existing operations to discover operational improvements that can positively impact the productivity and furthermore, the profitability and of the business. It is clear, users need a solution that is flexible, reliable, well supported, easy to use, is low cost and applies to small and large applications in both the process and discrete industries.

Solving this automation productivity puzzle may be easier than you think!

Over the past several years, FDT Technology has been available in the majority of distributed control systems and smart field devices – often without being utilized by the user. FDT Technology, an IEC international standard (IEC 62453) and an ISA standard (ISA 103), provides a standard means to easily access intelligent device information independent of the field communication protocol or control system supplier.

By being supplier and protocol neutral, FDT Technology is viewed by many end users as the universal, life-cycle management tool that is supported by all major device and automation systems suppliers around the globe.  This level of adoption goes beyond international or regional standardization because it is quickly becoming a de facto device standard in both the process and factory automation industries.

For more information on FDT Technology, visit www.fdtgroup.org.

 

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