Softing Industrial Automation GmbH, a global provider of hardware and software for industrial automation and automotive electronics, is the first company qualified under the Fieldbus Foundation’s FOUNDATION Development Services Provider (DSP) program. The program is designed to help automation vendors get started with FOUNDATION product development.

The Fieldbus Foundation launched the FOUNDATION DSP program to assist automation equipment suppliers preparing to design and manufacture products employing FOUNDATION fieldbus technology. The program is intended to provide access to qualified development services providers with the know-how to make fieldbus solutions. Qualified DSP participants are evaluated to ensure they have the tools, training and experience necessary to support FOUNDATION fieldbus development projects. Services that can be qualified in the FOUNDATION DSP program include H1 and High Speed Ethernet fieldbus device development services, as well as host system services.

“A growing number of Fieldbus Foundation members want to enter the expanding FOUNDATION fieldbus technology market,” said Fieldbus Foundation Manager-Fieldbus Products, Stephen Mitschke, in a prepared statement. “However, some organizations may view fieldbus device development as a daunting task when they have little experience or knowledge of digital bus technology. Due to limited resources, they may be required to outsource a portion of the development process. This is where the FOUNDATION DSP solution steps in.”

FOUNDATION DSP program participants and their development tools/services will be featured in a special section of the Fieldbus Foundation”s website. Participants are also authorized to display the official FOUNDATION DSP logo in their marketing materials.