Latest Field Information Manager upgrade designed to help future-proof industrial operations
ABB Ability Field Information Manager (FIM 3.0) has been upgraded to offer system engineers and maintenance teams increased connectivity and extended reach across the latest communication protocols. The result is enhanced operational efficiency thanks to the digital solution allowing faster, more intuitive configuration, commissioning, diagnostics, and maintenance of devices.
Providing heightened performance and diagnostic data collection of fleets of field instrumentation devices, the latest version of FIM 3.0 leverages OPC UA and PA-DIM to transport data from field devices to cloud-based condition-monitoring solutions. In doing so it helps customers achieve smarter maintenance and enhances their engineering efficiency. New asset management capabilities which include increased device condition monitoring pave the way to predictive maintenance.
‘In the era of Industry 4.0, ABB Ability Field Information Manager empowers businesses to embrace digital transformation, ensuring flexibility, efficiency, and competitiveness across their fleet of devices,’ said Stefan Basenach, head of the Process Control Platform at ABB. ‘With its future-proof capabilities, it helps customers enhance operational efficiency while remaining relevant as industry standards evolve.’
ABB’s enhanced FIM 3.0 software serves as the bridge between IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) to enable data-driven decision making. Offering a wider range of connectivity options for ASi-5, PROFINET, PROFIBUS, HART IP, and HART, FIM 3.0 is said to fit into any existing system landscape for increased plant agility, whilst strengthened Ethernet-APL support will ensure market relevance well into the future.
Moreover, ABB’s Ability Edgenius Operations Data Manager further extends FIM 3.0 capabilities by enabling the collection and management of data from OPC Unified Architecture, making valuable information accessible for edge and cloud-based applications, offering advanced fleet-management capabilities and simplifying the monitoring and maintenance of field devices across multiple locations.