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14 INTECH JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG HART, FDI, and OPC UA collaboration simplifies applications By Ted Masters T he vision of industrial digitalization, Indus- try 4.0, and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) requires integration with informa- tion technology (IT) and operations technology (OT) systems to be successful. WirelessHART and HART-IP can be used to deliver the benefits of in- telligent devices with digital communications for Industry 4.0 and the IIoT while preserving existing infrastructure, training, control system, and op- erational investments. Simplifying the bridging of information between IT and OT is the goal of the ongoing collaboration between the FieldComm Group and the OPC Foundation. They want to advance open information integration and enter- prise data exchange, and streamline application engineering. The FieldComm Group has an of- ficial agreement with the OPC Foundation, cre- ating a joint working group to develop OPC UA information models for process. At the 9 Novem- ber 2017 NAMUR annual conference, there was a demonstration of field data information flowing from a HART device into FDI, then to an OPC UA cloud server, and displayed in Microsoft Azure. The IT and OT systems have traditionally been disconnected, preventing industrial organizations from sharing and leveraging key information to improve production, quality, and maintenance. Organizations can make significant manufactur- ing improvements by using sensor data to make intelligent decisions about plant assets and pro- cess automation systems with the assistance of enterprise and cloud tools. Common tasks, such as preventative maintenance and tracking infor- mation to predict when machinery needs repair before failure, shift unplanned maintenance to planned and lower the cost of operations. With the right data and information, personnel can an- ticipate problems and take appropriate corrective actions to keep the plant up and running. IIoT and Industry 4.0 technology and methods are being adopted worldwide, redefining manu - facturing. While the interoperability of IIoT-based devices and systems will no doubt be the subject of ongoing discussion over the next few years, there are already well-established standards in indus - trial and manufacturing environments that can accelerate the implementation of the digital plant. User expectations Proprietary solutions in industrial automation are quickly becoming a thing of the past. The engi- neers and end users of today—primarily driven by HART integration supports industrial digitalization

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