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M&M Software announces release of fdtCONTAINER and developer tools supporting FDT 3.0

May 2, 2023
A new migration path for users and vendors supporting modern intelligent device management/monitoring initiatives.

FDT Group, an international, non-profit industry association supporting the evolution of FDT technology for industrial device management, announced that FDT Service Provider M&M Software released fdtCONTAINER version 4.8, a point-to-point device configuration tool supporting the latest FDT 3.0 specification to meet user demands for modern intelligent device management/monitoring initiatives. This release also includes updated developer tools that simplify the migration to FDT 3 systems and smart device DTMs for the vendor community, per FDT.

FDT, an IEC 62453-embedded software standard, normalizes device data and communication between any host and device. The standard rooted in the host and device environment provides users a single tool for intelligent device management, operation, diagnosis and maintenance, per its maker, which adds that the latest FDT 3.0 specification enables a FDT Unified Environment (FDT UE) for IT/OT data-driven operations via authenticated OPC UA, FDT UE and mobile clients. 

“M&M Software is proud to be an FDT Service Provider offering invaluable advice and support to system and device suppliers interested in innovative system and device management strategies based on the FDT standard,” said Pingsheng Xu, development manager for M&M Software. “We are thrilled that our product offerings now support the latest FDT (3.0) UE standard, allowing users and vendors a seamless migration path for industrial device-management modernization, providing new features supporting smart manufacturing projects.”

M&M Software’s FDT UE-ready product line includes:

  • OEM fdtCONTAINER application 4.8—Free point-to-point device management and configuration tool supporting all DTM generations for users.
  • fdtCONTAINER component 4.0 (aka. FDT UE-Desktop Common Component)—The official component for integrating the FDT 3.0 interface and DTM runtime into an engineering application for system vendors with branded customizations and other value-add features.
  • dtmMANAGER development suite 4.0—The comprehensive FDT 3.0 DTM development suite provides a simplified environment for device vendors to develop DTM’s allowing vendors to focus on the value-add device model features.

“Working closely with our service providers, such as M&M Software, reduces barriers for FDT product development for market entry, said Steve Biegacki, FDT Group managing director. “The global industrial-automation community has widely adopted the FDT standard, and M&M Software has been a key player for its acceptance by enabling multi-vendor support over multiple communication protocols while leveraging a common information model and user interface.”

Download fdtCONTAINER application here. Inquire about M&M Software’s FDT3 Developer Tools here.