Lorain County Community College Named First FDT Certification Testing Site in America

{mosimage}This new center, to be called the FDT Technology Certification Testing
Center – Americas, will support the global automation market
by providing consultancy services.



{mosimage}Lorain County Community College was named the first Field Device Tools (FDT) certification-testing center for North and South America by the FDT Group.

This new center, to be called the FDT Technology Certification Testing Center – Americas, will support the global automation market by providing consultancy services in the areas of Device Type Manager (DTM) analysis, testing of communication, gateway and device DTMs during development and final DTM certification testing to ensure conformance to the FDT specification.

In addition to these services, LCCC will host an in-house integration evaluation and testing lab providing a hands-on facility for users to validate benefits of FDT Technology and implementing asset management strategies based off FDT Technology in the automation market.

The FDT Group (AISBL), an international non‐profit association with headquarters in Belgium, consists of more than 55 leading process and factory automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and non proprietary interface for the integration of field devices with engineering, automation and asset management systems.

"This is an exciting step for Lorain County Community College," said Duncan Estep, director of the FDT certification center at LCCC. "The college’s alignment with the FDT Group and their international membership of leading automation users and suppliers builds on the steps we are taking to make Lorain County and Northeast Ohio a center for the automation and sensor markets."

The opening of the certification testing center supports a grant from the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering (WCSSE) that LCCC recently received, said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. "The combination of this unique set of resources positions Lorain County as the place to create new jobs in a new industry," Church said.  The State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Program (TFP) is funding the WCSSE. It supports economic development objectives and allows the transition from older industries to newer, high-growth industrial technology markets like sensor technology.

FDT Technology known as IEC 62453 provides the device integration standardization solution for the communication and configuration interface between all field devices and host systems.   DTMs are the ‘key driver’ to provide a centralized remote access point for horizontal and vertical data flow, allowing for a safer work environment by reducing the number of trips to the field and lowering start-up and commissioning costs.

Currently the center is installing lab equipment and building competency as it prepares for the rigorous accreditation audit to be conducted by the FDT Group.  Once complete, LCCC will receive accreditation status as an official FDT testing laboratory for three years.  After that time, a repeat audit will be performed to ensure the integrity of the activities conducted at the facility.  All test laboratories are audited against the official FDT ‘test and certification quality assurance system.’ These guidelines state that each location must meet the following three guiding principles:  

  • Must maintain as an independent entity to ensure no commercial influence.
  • Will establish a quality management system to ensure reproducibility of test results.
  • Required to provide detailed documentation and provide outstanding technical expertise in certifiable equipment and the official testing tools. 

   
LCCC will provide complimentary services to the DTM certification testing activities. With consultancy services now available, LCCC can provide assistance to companies specifying DTMs for their automation products or to DTM software developers to provide guidance and expedite efforts for DTM implementation and certification.  LCCC will soon provide an independent environment for integration evaluation and a testing center to allow end users access to a single product or a complete multi-vendor control system.  LCCC has been equipped with state of the art products from FDT member companies allowing suppliers and system integrators the opportunity to conduct interoperability testing prior to project, and so much more.

The FDT Group is projecting a 45 percent annual growth rate in devices supported by DTM certifications for 2010, providing the automation market with more than 2700 devices supported by certified DTMs.

"This is the perfect time to initiate this activity in the North American market," said Tobias Horn, chairman of the FDT Test and Certification team. "Certification of FDT based products is one of the main customer requirements and therefore also a key goal of the FDT Group.  The Test and Certification team strives to ensure that all preconditions such as test specifications, test tools and accredited test sites are available all over the world. With the first official FDT test site in North America we will have achieved a major milestone for FDT certification and the contribution of LCCC will multiply the acceptance of FDT in the North American Market."

FDT maintains certification capabilities globally including locations in Germany at BIS Prozesstechnik GmbH, Dietz Automation, Ifak system GmbH, and M&M Software GmbH; Switzerland at Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG; and China at M&M Software (Suzhou) GmbH. 

For more information on FDT/DTM certification, visit www.fdtgroup.org.

For more information on the LCCC FDT certification site, call Duncan Estep at 440-366-7016.

Lorain County Community College Named First FDT Certification Testing Site in America

{mosimage}This new center, to be called the FDT Technology Certification Testing
Center – Americas, will support the global automation market
by providing consultancy services.



{mosimage}Lorain County Community College was named the first Field Device Tools (FDT) certification-testing center for North and South America by the FDT Group.

This new center, to be called the FDT Technology Certification Testing Center – Americas, will support the global automation market by providing consultancy services in the areas of Device Type Manager (DTM) analysis, testing of communication, gateway and device DTMs during development and final DTM certification testing to ensure conformance to the FDT specification.

In addition to these services, LCCC will host an in-house integration evaluation and testing lab providing a hands-on facility for users to validate benefits of FDT Technology and implementing asset management strategies based off FDT Technology in the automation market.

The FDT Group (AISBL), an international non‐profit association with headquarters in Belgium, consists of more than 55 leading process and factory automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and non proprietary interface for the integration of field devices with engineering, automation and asset management systems.

"This is an exciting step for Lorain County Community College," said Duncan Estep, director of the FDT certification center at LCCC. "The college’s alignment with the FDT Group and their international membership of leading automation users and suppliers builds on the steps we are taking to make Lorain County and Northeast Ohio a center for the automation and sensor markets."

The opening of the certification testing center supports a grant from the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering (WCSSE) that LCCC recently received, said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. "The combination of this unique set of resources positions Lorain County as the place to create new jobs in a new industry," Church said.  The State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Program (TFP) is funding the WCSSE. It supports economic development objectives and allows the transition from older industries to newer, high-growth industrial technology markets like sensor technology.

FDT Technology known as IEC 62453 provides the device integration standardization solution for the communication and configuration interface between all field devices and host systems.   DTMs are the ‘key driver’ to provide a centralized remote access point for horizontal and vertical data flow, allowing for a safer work environment by reducing the number of trips to the field and lowering start-up and commissioning costs.

Currently the center is installing lab equipment and building competency as it prepares for the rigorous accreditation audit to be conducted by the FDT Group.  Once complete, LCCC will receive accreditation status as an official FDT testing laboratory for three years.  After that time, a repeat audit will be performed to ensure the integrity of the activities conducted at the facility.  All test laboratories are audited against the official FDT ‘test and certification quality assurance system.’ These guidelines state that each location must meet the following three guiding principles:  

  • Must maintain as an independent entity to ensure no commercial influence.
  • Will establish a quality management system to ensure reproducibility of test results.
  • Required to provide detailed documentation and provide outstanding technical expertise in certifiable equipment and the official testing tools. 

   
LCCC will provide complimentary services to the DTM certification testing activities. With consultancy services now available, LCCC can provide assistance to companies specifying DTMs for their automation products or to DTM software developers to provide guidance and expedite efforts for DTM implementation and certification.  LCCC will soon provide an independent environment for integration evaluation and a testing center to allow end users access to a single product or a complete multi-vendor control system.  LCCC has been equipped with state of the art products from FDT member companies allowing suppliers and system integrators the opportunity to conduct interoperability testing prior to project, and so much more.

The FDT Group is projecting a 45 percent annual growth rate in devices supported by DTM certifications for 2010, providing the automation market with more than 2700 devices supported by certified DTMs.

"This is the perfect time to initiate this activity in the North American market," said Tobias Horn, chairman of the FDT Test and Certification team. "Certification of FDT based products is one of the main customer requirements and therefore also a key goal of the FDT Group.  The Test and Certification team strives to ensure that all preconditions such as test specifications, test tools and accredited test sites are available all over the world. With the first official FDT test site in North America we will have achieved a major milestone for FDT certification and the contribution of LCCC will multiply the acceptance of FDT in the North American Market."

FDT maintains certification capabilities globally including locations in Germany at BIS Prozesstechnik GmbH, Dietz Automation, Ifak system GmbH, and M&M Software GmbH; Switzerland at Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG; and China at M&M Software (Suzhou) GmbH. 

For more information on FDT/DTM certification, visit www.fdtgroup.org.

For more information on the LCCC FDT certification site, call Duncan Estep at 440-366-7016.

Lorain County Community College Named First FDT Certification Testing Site in America

{mosimage}This new center, to be called the FDT Technology Certification Testing
Center – Americas, will support the global automation market
by providing consultancy services.



{mosimage}Lorain County Community College was named the first Field Device Tools (FDT) certification-testing center for North and South America by the FDT Group.

This new center, to be called the FDT Technology Certification Testing Center – Americas, will support the global automation market by providing consultancy services in the areas of Device Type Manager (DTM) analysis, testing of communication, gateway and device DTMs during development and final DTM certification testing to ensure conformance to the FDT specification.

In addition to these services, LCCC will host an in-house integration evaluation and testing lab providing a hands-on facility for users to validate benefits of FDT Technology and implementing asset management strategies based off FDT Technology in the automation market.

The FDT Group (AISBL), an international non‐profit association with headquarters in Belgium, consists of more than 55 leading process and factory automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and non proprietary interface for the integration of field devices with engineering, automation and asset management systems.

"This is an exciting step for Lorain County Community College," said Duncan Estep, director of the FDT certification center at LCCC. "The college’s alignment with the FDT Group and their international membership of leading automation users and suppliers builds on the steps we are taking to make Lorain County and Northeast Ohio a center for the automation and sensor markets."

The opening of the certification testing center supports a grant from the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering (WCSSE) that LCCC recently received, said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. "The combination of this unique set of resources positions Lorain County as the place to create new jobs in a new industry," Church said.  The State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Program (TFP) is funding the WCSSE. It supports economic development objectives and allows the transition from older industries to newer, high-growth industrial technology markets like sensor technology.

FDT Technology known as IEC 62453 provides the device integration standardization solution for the communication and configuration interface between all field devices and host systems.   DTMs are the ‘key driver’ to provide a centralized remote access point for horizontal and vertical data flow, allowing for a safer work environment by reducing the number of trips to the field and lowering start-up and commissioning costs.

Currently the center is installing lab equipment and building competency as it prepares for the rigorous accreditation audit to be conducted by the FDT Group.  Once complete, LCCC will receive accreditation status as an official FDT testing laboratory for three years.  After that time, a repeat audit will be performed to ensure the integrity of the activities conducted at the facility.  All test laboratories are audited against the official FDT ‘test and certification quality assurance system.’ These guidelines state that each location must meet the following three guiding principles:  

  • Must maintain as an independent entity to ensure no commercial influence.
  • Will establish a quality management system to ensure reproducibility of test results.
  • Required to provide detailed documentation and provide outstanding technical expertise in certifiable equipment and the official testing tools. 

   
LCCC will provide complimentary services to the DTM certification testing activities. With consultancy services now available, LCCC can provide assistance to companies specifying DTMs for their automation products or to DTM software developers to provide guidance and expedite efforts for DTM implementation and certification.  LCCC will soon provide an independent environment for integration evaluation and a testing center to allow end users access to a single product or a complete multi-vendor control system.  LCCC has been equipped with state of the art products from FDT member companies allowing suppliers and system integrators the opportunity to conduct interoperability testing prior to project, and so much more.

The FDT Group is projecting a 45 percent annual growth rate in devices supported by DTM certifications for 2010, providing the automation market with more than 2700 devices supported by certified DTMs.

"This is the perfect time to initiate this activity in the North American market," said Tobias Horn, chairman of the FDT Test and Certification team. "Certification of FDT based products is one of the main customer requirements and therefore also a key goal of the FDT Group.  The Test and Certification team strives to ensure that all preconditions such as test specifications, test tools and accredited test sites are available all over the world. With the first official FDT test site in North America we will have achieved a major milestone for FDT certification and the contribution of LCCC will multiply the acceptance of FDT in the North American Market."

FDT maintains certification capabilities globally including locations in Germany at BIS Prozesstechnik GmbH, Dietz Automation, Ifak system GmbH, and M&M Software GmbH; Switzerland at Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG; and China at M&M Software (Suzhou) GmbH. 

For more information on FDT/DTM certification, visit www.fdtgroup.org.

For more information on the LCCC FDT certification site, call Duncan Estep at 440-366-7016.

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