ARC View: FDT Finds Favor for Factory Fieldbus Flexibility

June 2, 2013
Traditionally, FDT (Field Device Technology) had been associated largely with process automation and process field devices, but this is no longer the case. Suppliers in the factory automation space are now adopting FDT because they find it affords them the technical flexibility needed to deal with the wide range of product configurations their customers demand.

Factory equipment suppliers and machine builders, even major ones, must comply with the system specifications demanded by end user manufacturers. As a result, they must deliver their products to support one of many different combinations of factory automation system and fieldbus. ARC spoke with one major equipment supplier that now uses FDT to increase product flexibility without adding permutations to its product design.

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