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Field Device Controller 280

EcoStruxure™ Foxboro DCS

The Field Device Controller (FDC) 280 is an optionally redundant, field-mountable device controller from Schneider Electric.

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The Field Device Controller 280 provides control and Ethernet/serial interfaces between single or dual-ported PLCs, drives, and other distributed control devices and EcoStruxure™ Foxboro DCS. The FDC 280 optimizes the integration of control devices such as PLCs and increases flexibility — while minimizing system engineering, footprint, and cost.


  • Liquid crystal display (LCD) — shows letterbug and real-time roles and statuses.
  • Support for multiple networked connections — Ethernet, RS232, RS485, RS422.
  • 50% reduction in footprint and wiring compared with CP plus FDSI solution.
  • Online image upgrade (OLUG) without shutting down the process.
  • Downloadable and upgradable protocol drivers, online.
  • Drivers include:
    • Serial (RS232; RS422; RS485):
      • Modbus RTU.
    • Ethernet:
      • Modbus TCP Client.
      • TSAA (Triconex™ System Access).
      • OPC UA Client.
      • Ethernet/IP Scanner.


  • Reduces engineering effort and installation footprint.
  • Achieves lower cost of ownership with future-proof design.
  • Provides greater flexibility in control system design/implementation.


  • Hydrocarbon processing.
  • Chemical and specialty chemicals.
  • Upstream oil and gas.
  • Power generation.
  • Metals and mining.
  • Water and wastewater.
  • Pharmaceutical and life sciences.
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