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FDT Group Announces Sercos III Support

The FDT standard is enhanced for Factory Automation

Brussels, November 24, 2011 -- The FDT Group announces that it has publically released the Sercos III annex which brings full support of the Sercos III standard into the FDT standard. Sercos III is a universal, Ethernet based real-time digital communications interface for demanding deterministic factory automation applications.

"The addition of Sercos III to the FDT standard underscores our commitment to the factory automation marketplace. Sercos has long been associated with solving complex, high speed, real time control applications typical of the factory automation marketplace -- we are pleased to add this robust capability to the FDT standard." remarks Glenn Schulz, Managing Director of the FDT Group.

The Sercos III annex for FDT covers online services based on the Sercos service channel communications and allows easy and scalable device access function inherent in the FDT standard. It supports the Sercos configuration interface (SCI) and also allows offline configuration of Sercos networks including the provisioning of process information channels for engineering systems.

Bosch Rexroth and Hilscher have announced the availability of generic device and communication DTM's to support Sercos III products within FDT frame applications.

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About the FDT Group AISBL™
The FDT Group AISBL is an international non-profit corporation consisting of over 85 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. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability.

For further information please visit www.fdtgroup.org.

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