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Life–Cycle Management Life–Cycle Management with Excellence

| Editor: Dominik Stephan

Device integration and life cycle management are the talk of the town these days, but not always in a positive sense. The keyword is compatibility. To guarantee the investment security of FDT (Field Device Tool) technology demanded by users, the associated device drivers or DTMs (Device Type Managers) must be both upward and downward compatible. Vega is showing that it works.

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In VEGA, solutions are created for demanding measurement applications in chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in food and drinking water supplies, sewage treatment plants, power generation and oil rigs.
In VEGA, solutions are created for demanding measurement applications in chemical and pharmaceutical industries, in food and drinking water supplies, sewage treatment plants, power generation and oil rigs.
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For Vega, FDT technology is a key technology that provides everything needed for simple operation, parameterisation and configuration of its high-performance level and pressure instruments. The company, which has been actively engaged in the FDT Group and the PACTware consortium from the very beginning, has invested a lot of time and money over many years to further develop and improve the technology of device integration. The goal of the Black Forest company: offer simple, stable and cost-effective life cycle management, exactly as the chemical industry and NAMUR would like to have it.

On a Direct Path to the Goal with Life–Cycle Management

The company has done everything it could – to avoid the interdependency between hardware and software versions that is often lamented by users – with success. Since the introduction of FDT technology in 2000 and the modular instrument concept plics in 2002, the company provides exactly one DTM for each instrument type.

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Every DTM works perfectly with the whole instrument series, upwards and downwards. This means that the firmware from the latest DTM Collection 12/2011 works completely trouble free with current instrument technology as well as older generations of plics instruments.

Addressing the emerging need from the Asia Pacific region, the German manufacturer of process instruments, Vega Grieshaber KG has started its Indian subsidiary – Vega India Level and Pressure Measurement Pvt. Ltd., in 2012. Sudarsan Srinivasan, General Manager- India Operations, Vega, talks to PROCESS India on the emerging trends in the field of process instrumentation in the country – In our Interview "Gearing Up For India

Modular Instrumentation Concepts for Plant Asset Management

The instrument concept of the manufacturer is modular, compatible and simple. These features have been top priority at Vega for years and keep popping up as a recurrent theme, right into the area of device integration. At ACHEMA 2009 the company introduced the next stage of development of its successful instrument concept plics. New plics sensors offer more intelligent diagnostic functions, more memory, more state-of-the-art electronic components, and the list goes on. And of course all DTMs are still compatible notwithstanding the introduction of the FDT Style Guide, which was a real challenge for the developers.

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