Universal wireless transmitters handle multiple signals
Honeywell (NYSE:HON) has added universal I/O transmitters to its family of XYR 6000 wireless products. The transmitters allow manufacturers to monitor more plant points with fewer devices using wireless communication. The devices can transmit signals from up to three different types of inputs, including high-level analog, temperature, milli-volt, or contact-closure switch input. The company says these I/O transmitters can help plants save up to 30% in costs over similar devices that can transmit signals from only two inputs.
This XYR 6000 family of transmitters, which includes a version that can transmit up to two inputs and provide a local discrete output, is ideal for applications such as wireless monitoring of level switches, pump status, and system alarms. The devices also carry intrinsically safe approvals from FM Global and the Canadian Standards Association for use in hazardous areas.
"More manufacturers are considering wireless monitoring to improve asset management while saving costs, but converting to a wireless infrastructure isn’t always easy," said Raymond Rogowski, global product marketing manager wireless, Honeywell Process Solutions . "Devices such as the XYR 6000 Universal I/O transmitter can ease the transition to wireless and help plants reap the overall safety, equipment reliability, and process efficiency benefits that come with it."
The new devices complement other wireless transmitters in the XYR 6000 product line, which includes transmitters for pressure (absolute, gauge, and differential), temperature, analog input, discrete inputs, corrosion monitoring, and valve position. These devices are critical elements of the OneWireless family, the company’s industrial wireless mesh network designed to meet ISA100.11a hardware requirements. Honeywell says the network can simultaneously support thousands of devices, including various transmitters, mobile operator technology, and physical security equipment to monitor processes, assets, and people more efficiently.
-Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com
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