Wireless Networks & I/O White Papers and Technical Articles

Articles and white papers on wireless networks and wireless I/O in industrial automation, process control, and instrumentation.

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How to Avoid Radio Obsolescence

Over the years, companies have tried several different methods to monitor and control their plant distribution systems. This article is going to cover the basic fundamentals required in designing a radio system that meets today’s needs while allowing for future growth. Read full article.

The Need for Wireless Monitoring - An Overview

By Israel Radomsky, Eltav Wireless Monitoring Ltd. Israel Wireless valve monitoring technology offers reliable, autonomous, and improved process control enhancing safety, ameliorating product quality, increasing yield, and reducing costs. Here’s what’s involved, and what the standards committees are doing. Read full article.

Standards Used By Wireless Sensor Networks

By Louis Sirico, et al, Industry Wizards
One of the biggest challenges facing companies deploying wireless sensors are t disparate standards, protocols and methods of communication and data formats. Here’s a synopsis of the wireless world. Read entire article

An overview of Wireless Device Adoption in the European Process Industry

By Karthikeyan Balasubramaniyam, Frost & Sullivan
Wireless devices are gradually entering into the European process industries. A plethora of challenges, such as proving greater reliability and security, need to be overcome if these devices are to witness higher penetration into the process industries. Click here to read full article...

Industrial Wireless: Solving Wiring Issues by Unplugging

By B&B Electronics
A wide array of data communication solutions can resolve challenges of using wireless in industrial environments. This white paper provides a summary of the options available, with some corresponding pros and cons. Click here to read full article...

Putting wireless to work in process operations

By Emerson Process Management 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. Read complete paper.

Using Operator Interfaces to Optimize Performance of Industrial Wireless Networks

By Jim Ralston, Prosoft Technology
This article will explore the use of a wireless diagnostic OLE for Process Control (OPC) server technology to embed diagnostic information in human machine interfaces (HMIs), thus optimizing industrial wireless network performance. Click here to read full article...

Wi-Fi…Why Now? Exploring New Wireless Technologies for Industrial Applications

By Patrick McCurdy and Ira Sharp, Phoenix Contact This paper focuses on the industrial use of public standard IEEE 802.11 technology while providing a broad comparison of different spread spectrum wireless technologies currently deployed in industrial automation applications. Click here to read full article...

Wireless for M2M Industrial Control - I can get to the data, now what?

Technologies that enable factory and sensor equipment to connect to the network typically focus on connecting equipment "A" to workstation "B" over network "C". That's all fine and well if, at the end of the day, the data gets used. Given the range, cost and installation issues, Wi-Fi (802.11b) is often the best choice for connecting equipment and sensors to a network. Read entire article... (pdf)

New Standards-based Web-enabled Technologies Streamline Wireless Network to I/O Interface

Wireless networks make a lot of sense in monitoring I/O for control systems. Along with the ability to rapidly deploy devices without extensive plant wiring, there are also a number of unexpected benefits. The simplest interfaces to I/O devices are wireless-to-serial bridges. Understand 802.11b standards-based, web-enabled technology and access points. Wireless Networking Solutions for OEMs that require industrial-grade performance with quick time-to-market. Read entire article... (pdf)

Approaches to Designing Embedded Wireless Networks

There are a number of approaches to designing wireless networking into embedded systems. The most obvious is to use retail technologies such as PC Cards or USB adapters for low production costs. An alternate approach is to use integrated application specific modules that provide all of the wireless network specific functionality for rapid development. Both of these approaches have their benefits, and a robust design requires balancing development and production needs. Read entire article... (pdf)