Cirronet to show Industrial ZigBee Wireless Sensor Network at ISA EXPO

  • October 13, 2006
  • Cirronet
  • News
Demonstration of Condition-Based Operations Highlights Benefits of Combining Real-time Equipment Data with Enterprise Asset ManagementDuluth, GA, (October 13, 2006) Cirronet will showcase an end-to-end Condition-Based Operations (CBO) platform with its sibling company Aleier, Inc., at booth #2370 at ISA EXPO 2006, Reliant Center, Houston, Texas, October 17-19. Designed to meet the needs of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), plant and facilities managers, and engineers working in automation and control, the Cirronet / Aleier CBO platform streamlines integration of Cirronet’s industrial wireless sensor networking with Aleier’s Enterprise Asset Management system (EAM). The integrated CBO platform is a key component in machine maintenance and monitoring applications.The demonstration will incorporate two Cirronet wireless sensor networks, one based on its industrial ZigBee modules, and the other based on proprietary VersaMesh DM2200 wireless modules originally introduced by parent company RF Monolithics (NASDAQ: RFMI) and now marketed under the Cirronet brand. Both networks will be connected to Aleier’s FM1j interprise EAM application. Said Bob Gemmell, President of Cirronet, “With over a decade of industrial deployments, no single company provides the breadth of proven wireless sensor networking as Cirronet. We are excited to showcase two types of wireless sensor networks interfacing simultaneously and seamlessly with Aleier’s EAM application.” “Aleier’s EAM solution not only has a rich feature set, but its open architecture makes for efficient integration with all types of wireless sensor networks, while also efficiently integrating with wireline networks and manual data entry,” said Aleier’s President Bill Caver. The communications between the wireless sensor networks and the EAM application employs a web services architecture and use XML as the data communications protocol. EAM systems automate the servicing and maintenance of a company’s equipment, vehicles, buildings and other assets. Condition-Based Operations is implemented by providing the EAM application with current information on assets’ operating status and performance. This enables companies to perform more timely predictive maintenance, servicing equipment when it is needed based on its operating characteristics. Predictive maintenance based on important operating parameters yields highly reliable operations while minimizing maintenance costs from excessive scheduled maintenance or emergency reaction to equipment failures.Cirronet also will be showcasing the SEM HL family of Class I Div 1 license-free wireless Ethernet bridges at the ISA EXPO. The SEM HL family products are certified to UL 1913 Groups B, C and D. Unique to the SEM HL family is the ability to mount the antenna up to 250 feet from the explosion proof enclosure using standard RF cable. The SEM HL family includes bridges operating in the 900MHz and 2.4GHz license-free bands and provides data rates from 172.6Kbps to 1.2Mbps. Distances of 20+ miles can be covered with the 900MHz SEM HL products using omnidirectional antennas with clear line of sight. The 2.4GHz SEM HL products can cover ranges in excess of 5 miles with gain antennas. About CirronetCirronet supplies wireless modules and box products for the industrial market to device OEM manufacturers, integrators, and end users. Its products enable customers to wirelessly monitor and control electronic devices by establishing wireless connection between machines and the internet. Its OEM modules are incorporated into custom wireless solutions ranging from portable heart monitors to overhead crane controls, and its industrial box products provide wireless connections in harsh industrial environments. Cirronet’s products are based on proprietary and industry standard protocols that include ZigBee, Bluetooth, and WIFI; and they operate in the license-free 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz ISM bands. About AleierAleier is a well established EAM provider whose mature CMMS platform is leading the expansion of the industrial automation category. The Aleier CMMS system has been deployed for over a decade in municipal, state, and federal government agencies and businesses for applications including fixed asset tracking and building automation and electronics control monitoring. Aleier software provides customers the ability to utilize and manage data they now have available, which can be collected via either a wired or wireless data collection infrastructure. Its architecture and features make it an ideal platform for developing asset management and optimization applications seen as a key opportunity within the pervasive internet space. About RFMRF Monolithics, the leader in low-power wireless sensor networks and high performance RF components for over 25 years, is helping to provide connections that will extend the edge of the Internet in machine-to-machine connectivity through its Solutions Driven, Technology EnabledSM approach. With its acquisition of both Cirronet and Aleier in September 2006, RFM is the first company to provide a complete family of end-to-end industrial wireless sensor networking with enterprise asset management and computerized maintenance management systems. Learn More

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