Wireless: Learn from others to help your industrial wireless application

Thinking of applying industrial wireless technologies? Application advice from others can help your implementation go more smoothly. Six industrial or rugged wireless applications follow involving these companies.... 

08/07/2008


Thinking of applying industrial wireless technologies? Application advice from others can teach a thing or two, so your implementation will go more smoothly. Six industrial or rugged wireless applications follow involving Emerson Process Management, Fisher BioServices, Dust Networks, General Electric, Hexion Specialty Chemicals, Numerex, Moxa, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, and WirelessHART.

Fisher BioServices deploys General Electric Wireless Mesh-based monitoring systems

to meet stringent U.S. FDA (Food & Drug Administration) regulations: Within a GMP (good manufacturing practice) regulated environment, it is a requirement that the environmental conditions are monitored and recorded and that data is available for FDA inspection. GE Sensing explains how wireless technologies help. See photo.
Hexion solves smoke detection and control room reporting using wireless technologies : “We had to find a better way of detecting when there was a problem at our multiple warehouses, and communicating this to ensure the safety of our employees as well as improve reporting conditions to our control room. After investigating several hard-wired options, we found an easy, flexible and affordable way to meet our requirements, improve smoke detection, and increase plant reliability thanks to Honeywell’s wireless transmitters,” explains Herman Punt, discipline engineer QMI for
Wireless network for water and wastewater plant provides data monitoring , easy, timely information access: Water and wastewater treatment plants faces challenges, such as stricter regulation, aging infrastructure, and the need for increased operational efficiency. Traditional methods of operation are no longer sufficient, and utilities must become more aggressive in applying new technologies. Information-enabled systems help ensure better operational decisions and better management of plant assets, explains Moxa. See photo.
Numerex Karr Track drives security using wireless technology : In the U.S., a motor vehicle is stolen every 26 seconds from consumers and dealers, representing billions of dollars in property loss. With a clear opportunity to bring to marketr Numerex, a provider of wireless platforms. Many implementation attributes parallel industrial application needs.
When can a process application eliminate the cable and use open source radio technology? Gerrit Lohmann and Robert Schosker, product managers for Pepperl+Fuchs, say that use of wireless technologies will expand as options expand beyond proprietary wireless solutions, allowing easier integration and elimination of cable in certain situations. See graphic and photo.
Chemical company processes critical data via wireless Ethernet : In recent years, the value of data has increased as the cost of implementing wireless networks has decreased. Industrial users, however, have remained reluctant to trust wireless to transfer process or production data in critical applications. Dave Eifert, automation sales engineer, Phoenix Contact, explains how a chemical company that engineers thermoplastic material switched to wireless communications and saved money by eliminating costly trenching, while increasing reliability compared to an earlier hard-wired system.
– Edited by Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
Control Engineering System Integration eNewsletter
Register here and scroll down to select your choice of eNewsletters free .





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Learn how to create value with re-use; gain productivity with lean automation and connectivity, and optimize panel design and construction.
Go deep: Automation tackles offshore oil challenges; Ethernet advice; Wireless robotics; Product exclusives; Digital edition exclusives
Lost in the gray scale? How to get effective HMIs; Best practices: Integrate old and new wireless systems; Smart software, networks; Service provider certifications
Fixing PID: Part 2: Tweaking controller strategy; Machine safety networks; Salary survey and career advice; Smart I/O architecture; Product exclusives
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Look at the basics of industrial wireless technologies, wireless concepts, wireless standards, and wireless best practices with Daniel E. Capano of Diversified Technical Services Inc.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.