Enhancements to the OneWireless offering are intended to give industrial facilities more options to tailor wireless networks to best fit their needs. OneWireless R200, which is now fully compliant with the ISA100.11a standard, will allow plants to design a wireless network with different types of wireless coverage. Depending on application requirements, plants can design networks that provide either wireless coverage for field instruments only or coverage for both field instruments and Wi-Fi devices. This provides plants with more flexibility while reducing the total cost of ownership.
Honeywell's OneWireless R120 features a redundant wireless system gateway (WSG), a critical prerequisite for wireless process control.
The Newport wiSeries meter-scanner-controller works with a large number of Newport wireless sensors for temperature measurement with thermocouples, RTDs and semiconductor sensors and for relative humidity and barometric pressure.
Digi International has introduced DigiMesh on 900 MHz and 2.4 GHz XBee-embedded RF modules, providing mesh networking support for processes using battery-powered devices.
Banner Engineering has announced the SureCross DX70 Wireless Developer’s Kit, consisting of a 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 simulating inputs and outputs to determine an application’s specific range and response time requirements.
Banner Engineering has introduced FlexPower nodes for the Banner SureCross wireless network. FlexPower provides a versatile wireless solution by allowing a SureCross node to operate using 10 to 30 VDC line power, solar panels, or a FlexPower battery module in remote or difficult-to-access locations.
Honeywell has announced an updated version of its OneWireless industrial wireless network equipment that is designed to be compatible with the end-user driven ISA100.11a industrial wireless communication standard. The network can be easily upgraded to the ISA100.11a standard, when it is completed, through an over-the-air software update.
Banner Engineering has introduced the SureCross wireless network, a wireless platform built from the ground up for industry and featuring proprietary RF design, advanced power management features and robust communications integrity. SureCross is optimised for a wide range of challenging sensing and control applications with high reliability, security and deterministic response capabilities.
Emerson Process Management has announced the introduction of the Wireless SmartPack Starter Kit, a configurable suite of wireless technologies and services giving users a risk-free way to practical experience with wireless technologies in their own facilities. Emerson's SmartPack comes pre-configured out of the box to immediately form a secure, robust self-organising wireless network which customers can apply to gain experience with wireless without committing their infrastructure.
ProSoft Technology has added its 802.11abg Industrial Hotspot to the growing line of RadioLinx products. The RLX-IHW functions as a wireless access point, repeater or client and is designed for global installations. It offers high-speed wireless ethernet communications including EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP/IP, and DNP over ethernet for linking automation systems, ethernet I/O, video cameras and plant network access for mobile workers. The RLX-IHW utilises orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) for multi-path interference rejection, RF multicast packet filtering and dual frequency bands which make it the ideal solution for demanding, high-speed industrial networks needing reliable performance.
The decision to implement wireless technology in your industrial facility is a strategic choice, enabling an infrastructure that will provide significant benefits for your company beyond avoiding the wiring costs.
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