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Fieldbus Foundation - HART merger to go ahead

Fieldcomm Group/Fieldbus Foundation : 21 September, 2014  (Company News)
The Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation is to merge to form a new body called FieldComm Group. This single trade and standards body for process automation communications and integration technologies will come into being on 1 January 2015 and be based in Austin, Texas. Until that time, the HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation will continue to operate independently.
Final agreement for the merger was reached by the Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation respective boards at the end of August, following a near year-long process that began in September 2013.
FieldComm Group will be led by a board of directors comprising representatives of the companies from the current boards of each foundation, with Siemens Sensors & Communication CEO Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller elected chairman. Kumpfmueller is chairman of the Field Device Integration (FDI) Corporation, which will also be merged into FieldComm Group in mid-2015.
Kumpfmueller says the formation of FieldComm Group is “a major step forward for the process industries by deploying the strengths of each industry-leading protocol and adding the value of the next-generation integration strategy.”
HART Communication Foundation president and CEO Ted Masters will take up the same role at FieldComm Group. Masters believes the creation of FieldComm Group is an unprecedented opportunity to build upon existing technologies and develop a single future vision toward harmonization of standards for the process automation industry worldwide. He said, “I am excited about the opportunity to work together with distinguished leaders and technologies around the globe to integrate valuable process intelligence from devices to improve the operations of our users.”
During the transition and integration of the two organizations, Richard J Timoney will serve as executive vice president of FieldComm Group. Timoney currently is president and CEO of the Fieldbus Foundation. He commented, “The joining of Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation will realise the automation industry’s goal of a single, unified body to support advanced digital technology. The efforts of countless individuals and companies have helped us reach this milestone.”
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