Schmersal Safety Light Curtains now include a Bluetooth interface as a standard feature, available on SLC440COM and multifunctional SLC440 series. The safety light curtains use the Bluetooth Low Energy system for near-field data transmission, which provides secure data transmission up to 5 meters. Data transmitted is accessible by the Schmersal SLC Assist App, available for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. It received 2021 Engineers’ Choice recognition in the Safety-Machine safety category. Courtesy: Schmersal USA
Wireless February 5, 2021

Light curtain operation is easier with wireless communications

Bluetooth interface helps with setup and operation of a safety rated light curtain.

By David Schucker
Courtesy: Keagan Gay, CFE Media and Technology
Wireless January 24, 2021

Wireless technology benefits for manufacturing

There are many potential benefits to using wireless technology in manufacturing, but users need to be aware of standards and potential challenges.

By Brett Binnekade
Courtesy: Siemens Industry
Wireless October 6, 2020

Four best practices for industrial wireless LANs

Deployments and optimal operation of industrial wireless local area networks (LANs) require attention to site survey, lifecycle management, cybersecurity and collaboration. Need to optimize existing industrial wireless networks?

By Richard Kluth
Courtesy: PDF Supply
Wireless October 2, 2020

RFID improves precision and efficiency in automobile production

Radio frequency identification (RFID) uses wireless sensors to passively tag objects with digital information, such as production codes, bill of material lists, and other key identifiers, and applications are helping automobile manufacturing.

By Caitlyn Caggia and Daniel Browning
Courtesy: R Stahl
Wireless September 29, 2020

Cost-effective explosion protection for industrial wireless networks

Wireless Ethernet in hazardous areas is on the rise with integration of explosion-proof enclosures for wireless devices.

By Kerstin Wolf
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media
Wireless September 20, 2020

Indoor cell site trials to extend 5G coverage completed

Indoor cell sites are a critical step in developing private 5G networks.

By Verizon Business Group
Courtesy: Avnu Alliance
Wireless August 17, 2020

Extending TSN capabilities over 5G and other wireless networks

Time-sensitive networking (TSN) has gained more attention from manufacturers as capabilities like 5G become more accessible. Benefits include faster communications, better mobility and high reliability.

By Dave Cavalcanti, Stephen Bush and Alon Regev
Courtesy: MultiTech Systems Inc., New Products for Engineers Database
Wireless August 11, 2020

5G wireless for industrial use: Six answers

Industrial communications is adding 5G to wireless protocols used. Get answers about 5G progress, 5G benefits, 5G adoption challenges and 5G standard.

By Daniel Quant
Courtesy: Siemens
Wireless August 1, 2020

What industrial wireless network should I use?

Are your industrial wireless local area networks up to date? Industrial communications are taking another leap forward with IEEE 802.11ax and 5G wireless technologies. Be sure to evaluate the status of industrial wireless LAN (iWLAN) technologies.

By Ford Cheeseman
Courtesy: Siemens and New Products for Engineers Database from CFE Media and Technology
Wireless July 9, 2020

What is radio frequency identification? What can RFID products do?

RFID wireless communication technologies enable many applications across industries include identification and access; people, asset and product tracking; safety and machine tools, among others.

By Mark T. Hoske