Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) joined the Field Device Tool (FDT) Group (www.fdt-jig.org), a collaboration of international automation companies that supports the advancement of FDT and device tool management (DTM) technology.

By going the association, Honeywell hopes to expand device connectivity and integration with it Experion process automation software package. “Honeywell is investing in technology and open standards that provide the market with a wide range of choices when interconnecting devices and subsystems with automation solutions,” said Paul Butler, VP of Honeywell Process Solutions, in a prepared statement. “By joining the FDT Group, we can continue to do just that.”

According to Honeywell, FDT technology is complementary to DDL technology and holds promise in other areas, specifically around the support of configuration and diagnostics for more sophisticated subsystems, especially in the discrete and hybrid industries.

— Flow Control Staff