Wireless: Mesh network ready for purchase from Honeywell
Honeywell announced that its OneWireless universal industrial wireless mesh network is available for purchase. OneWireless helps improve plant safety, reliability, and efficiency with a scalable wireless infrastructure that supports wireless-enabled devices in strategic locations throughout a facility.
Honeywell announced that its OneWireless universal industrial wireless mesh network is available for purchase. OneWireless helps improve plant safety, reliability, and efficiency with a scalable wireless infrastructure that supports wireless-enabled devices in strategic locations throughout a facility. The universal network supports multiple industrial protocols and applications simultaneously, providing one wireless network said to be simple to manage and efficient to operate. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Honeywell Users Group Americas Symposium in Phoenix, AZ, June 11-14, 2007.
Scalable to 30,000 devices, OneWireless supports existing Honeywell XYR 5000 wireless transmitters, which started shipping in 2004 and are now installed at more than 500 industrial sites, as well as the new Honeywell line of XYR 6000 transmitters, which includes corrosion, gauge pressure, differential pressure, high-level analog input, and temperature transmitters. The wireless network also supports wired transmitters, mobile worker devices such as IntelaTrac PKS and Mobile Station, and standard Wi-Fi and Ethernet clients. The open, standards-based infrastructure allows manufacturers to take advantage of new applications as they become available, Honeywell says.
Honeywell has implemented field trials of OneWireless at multiple sites, including Nucor Steel Tuscaloosa Inc., in Alabama where the network is configured with wireless temperature and pressure sensors to improve the efficiency of several steel-manufacturing processes. The pressure sensors, for example, enable operators to measure air filtration system performance and schedule maintenance only as needed, Honeywell says, which leads to more efficient maintenance and less downtime.
Nucor also uses the technology in its baghouse, a building which filters air from the steel-making process to capture airborne particulates and other potentially harmful substances. The differential pressure transmitters monitor the bags to determine when they need cleaning.
“The key to enhancing plant value is taking critical process information and making it readily available throughout the facility,” said Jack Bolick, Honeywell Process Solutions president. “OneWireless integrates process information into plant systems and applications. It is truly the only wireless network a plant needs.”
Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings, and industry.