The ODVA EtherNet/IP network standard is gaining popularity as an industrial protocol, and wireless ethernet technologies have emerged that can now reliably reduce network costs while improving plant production.
While EtherNet/IP has many advantages, cable installation is often expensive, and communications to remote sites or moving platforms may not be reliable or cost effective. Wireless ethernet technologies have emerged that can now reliably reduce network costs while improving plant production.
Viatran has released a wireless networking system (VNS), allowing centralised monitoring of sensors placed throughout oil and gas fields or other facilities.
Simatic ET 200pro IWLAN is a distributed I/O system from Siemens which communicates directly via industrial wireless LAN (IWLAN). The 154-6 PN HF IWLAN interface module for Simatic ET 200pro wirelessly integrates the distributed I/O system into the automation network. It is designed for harsh industrial environments with a high degree of protection (IP65/66/67) for use directly on the machine. Typical application areas where this is advantageous include overhead monorail conveyors, automatic guided vehicles and warehouse logistics. The user can choose expansion modules for Simatic ET 200pro IWLAN as usual from the range of Simatic ET 200pro modules.
At Terminals Pty Ltd’s facility in Geelong, bitumen is unloaded from ships through a pipeline 900 m long and 200 mm in diameter. Wireless temperature monitoring helps keep the bitumen heated so it doesn't solidify in the pipe.
Wireless technologies offer process operations new opportunities for improvement. With a wireless strategy and architecture that align with your business needs, you can begin gaining the benefits today while facilitating additional applications in the future.