Expert’s answer: PAM device information and management

What can we do to help this person out? PAM device information and management can be a tricky business. Well, we can start by sorting out the alphabet soup so everybody’s on the same page!

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Plant Asset Management stands for plant asset management, which takes care of all the devices in a company’s process. EDDL, Electronic Device Description Language, represents digital device information, usually in text files. And DTM means Device Type Manager, a type of software that obviously helps manage devices. As open standard technology, EDDL and DTM offer seamless integration, no matter the brand and system.

If you have a FOUNDATION Fieldbus application, you need the EDDL for any host. You’ll find yourself in the same situation with a Plant Asset Management system when you go to set up the field devices.

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However, if you have a complex application, consider the DTM. It can support a valve diagnostic, for example. The EDDL will need a “snap-on,” so DTM technology will provide smoother implementation and more data.

In my opinion, you’ll get more from DTM than EDDL, although you’ll need a Windows operating system to install it. Check them both out and see what you think!

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