Fieldbus Foundation, HART Unite

Friday, September 5, 2014 @ 05:09 PM gHale

The votes are in and the final step in constructing a single organization to lead process automation communications and integration technologies wrapped up when HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation members approved the merger proposed by their respective boards.

This is the culmination of a yearlong study and diligence period by both foundations.

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The new corporation, called FieldComm Group, will have a board of directors consisting of representatives of the collective companies from the current boards of each foundation. Hans-Georg Kumpfmueller will be the inaugural chairman of the board. Kumpfmueller will lead the direction of the FieldComm Group and oversee the addition of LLC FDI in mid-2015.

Kumpfmueller has served as a leader in setting the course of device integration in his role as chairman of the FDI LLC board and as chief executive of sensors and communication at Siemens.

FieldComm Group is “a major step forward for the process industries by leveraging the strengths of each industry-leading protocol and adding the value of the next-generation integration strategy,” he said.

The board named Ted Masters president and chief executive of FieldComm Group. He currently serves in the same capacity with the HART Communication Foundation.

“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,” Masters said.

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 chief executive of the Fieldbus Foundation.

“The joining of Fieldbus Foundation and HART Communication Foundation will realize the automation industry’s goal of a single, unified body to support advanced digital technology,” he said. “The efforts of countless individuals and companies have helped us reach this milestone.”

FieldComm Group will consolidate offices in Austin, Texas, and function as a single entity beginning January 1, 2015. Until that time, the HART Communication Foundation and Fieldbus Foundation will continue to operate independently.

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