Wireless 802.11g I/O adapter
|ProSoft Technology’s wireless Point I/O adapter|
ProSoft Technology will introduce its ILX34-AENWG wireless Point I/O adapter this November at Rockwell Automation ‘s annual Automation Fair . ProSoft says the adapter is a high-speed, standards-based 802.11g wireless I/O, which fully supports its Integrated Wireless Architecture. It also provides a familiar programming experience to users by utilizing the EtherNet/IP protocol and allowing configuration with RSLogix 5000.
The device employs 802.11i WPA2 with AES Encryption for security. Common applications are said to include packaging, material handling, oil and gas, and other remote or moving distributed I/O applications.
From a wireless standpoint, the product is said to provide high-speed, low-latency 802.11g client communication via RadioLinx Industrial Hotspots or third party 802.11g access points, providing security for the end user’s investment by utilizing standards-based wireless. The unit also offers IGMP snooping, a feature the company says optimizes wireless bandwidth by intelligently routing multicast packets. It also enables wireless unicast of producer-consumer messages to avoid loss of I/O messages.
The company says its adapter benefits users who require a non-tethered link to distributed I/O points in applications with moving or remote equipment, or where it would be difficult or costly to wire devices or control panels. It is said to provide users with the flexibility and scalability (up to 63 modules) offered by the many standard Rockwell Automation Point I/O modules including analog and digital input and output and relays, RTD, and counters.
This was a September 2008 Control Engineering print edition product exclusive.