FOXBORO Automation Systems has introduced new field device systems integrator (FDSI) modules for the Invensys' flagship automation platform - the I/A Series system.
The new, low-cost, field-mounted device integrators are available in either simplex or high-availability redundant configurations for both Ethernet and serial (RS232/422/485) field devices.
The appropriate software drivers for the third-party devices (OPC, Modbus, ControlLogix, etc.) are simply downloaded into these device integrators to provide seamless integration of the devices into the I/A Series system database and control strategies.
Additional device drivers can be created, as needed, utilising an easy-to-use driver development kit.
"One of the hallmarks of the I/A Series system has always been the ease with which we enable other company's automation products to be integrated into the system,” Foxboro vice president Steve Young said.
“However, with these new integrator modules and downloadable device drivers, it's even easier and more cost-effective to do so than ever before."
The rugged, compact FDSI modules mount in standard, field-mounted I/A Series baseplates - side-by-side with system Fieldbus (I/O) modules - and communicate with the system controllers via Foxboro's high-performance (100 Mbps/1Gbps), ultra-high-availability field network.
Each FDSI module can support up to 64 devices and 2000 DCI points.