Going Wireless In Automation Industry

In recent history the clamor for wireless technologies has been growing exponentially, including in the automation industry. There are that many potential applications in producing that the sheer options can become overpowering. The key has a sound plan for wireless applications, realizing that some systems benefit from hard-wiring, and that hard-wiring also makes a good 'back up ' plan for when a wireless system goes down.

There are a few common applications for wireless technology in the automation industry. One is straightforward monitoring. This regularly gets shot of the necessity for a human eye. Over time that can save a company cash. Think about inventory control as a good example, including remote inventories. Especially in established firms this becomes an arduous task for employees doing it manually. Having a wireless, automated application simplifies everything and also provides more precision.

Another excellent application for wireless monitoring is for identifying issues with energy consumption and management. By pinpointing variables in say gas use a company can then find ways to decrease consumption (again saving money). The same kind of monitoring is applicable to pipeline instrumentation. The wireless automatic system can track remote information habitually.

Having claimed all that, there are limits. Some control processes simply aren't fitted to underlying wireless net needs. The key here is how quickly the wireless system provides reply, and what reply time is necessary. In these time sensitive eventualities, hard-wiring remains the way to go.

The easiest way to know for certain if your automation systems suit the wireless world is by checking your current sub-structure. What must be added to that sub-structure to handle the wireless service insuring proper performance? Those elements need to be part of your financial position and your planning process. Think about this like laying a foundation to a building. Every time-honoured stone should be solid and placed in the required order, particularly if you chose mesh networking. The great part of this design is that every device talks with every other device in the network, and can also become a router if it is necessary. As you expand the amount of sensors in this system, the daddy your wireless net stretches.

What about overall guidelines for wireless technology in automation? There have been strides made here too. The industry standards is called WirelessHART. These standards provide protocols for a wide-range of wireless communications. While this is no means a unified standard, it's a starting point.

Todd Smith is the owner of psifla.com, a site that offers information about automation goods and services.