Essential to all open standards is the testing and certification of conformity. FieldCare plant asset management tool from Endress Hauser Austalia , is the first FDT frame to pass the FDT Group’s conformance test. The objective of FDT certification is to ensure interoperability of DTMs and frames, by testing the conformance of these components against the FDT specification. The systematic tests performed during the certification procedure drastically reduce interoperability issues, thus avoiding potential integration costs and project delays for the user. Whilst DTM certification is well established, with a host of certified libraries available from Endress+Hauser and many other manufacturers, only now with FieldCare as the first certified frame, can these DTMs be used in a certified environment.
The certified FieldCare FDT frame can now configure HART, PROFIBUS and FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices using native DTMS. In addition to these, Endress+Hauser’s iDTM technology enables communication and configuration for all HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus devices for which DTM's do not yet exist. FieldCare is available as a modular configuration tool upgradeable up to a plant asset management solution. In 2009, FieldCare was delivered with more than 100,000 Endress+Hauser devices.