Wireless instrumentation: Developer’s kit demonstrates applications in plant

Simulator kit tests wireless instrumentation deployment possibilities on your site.
By Control Engineering Staff March 20, 2008

Banner Engineering Corp
. now offers an inexpensive test kit designed to test wireless instrumentation applications in your plant without disturbing any existing equipment. The kit simulates instrumentation level communication so you can test propagation in actual environments.

The SureCross DX70 wireless developer’s kit includes one gateway and one node transceiver to enable on-site wireless testing. The ready-to-use, self-contained kit provides battery boxes with test buttons and indicator lights that simulate inputs and outputs to determine an application’s specific range and response time requirements. The kit also provides three white papers that cover basic radio, network and antenna theory. This fills in an overview of the technology behind SureCross, a wireless solution that the company says delivers I/O across ranges up to three miles away for remote installations, as well as solving a wide variety of cumbersome or difficult-to-access applications.

The SureCross network employs a node transceiver to gather information, which is then concentrated at the gateway system controller. The network’s bidirectional communication capabilities facilitate robust monitoring and control, while its frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) protocol and time division multiple access (TDMA) technology ensure dependable, secure communications. With the new developer’s kit, you can test signal strength, range, I/O types and response times at various locations and conditions within your plant environments.

“The SureCross wireless network provides reliable, easy-to-use wireless sensing and data transfer for remote applications and hard-to-reach locations,” says Chris Dales, senior application engineer, Banner wireless division. “Now, the SureCross DX70 wireless developer’s kit allows users who have been wondering about wireless networks to test their applications’ specific requirements and possible obstacles before investing in a complete network.”

—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com ,
Process Instrumentation & Sensors Monthly

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