Wireless communications is becoming increasingly popular for factory and process control automation systems. Part of this growth is due to the emergence of very reliable radio frequency technologies capable of handling the extreme conditions present in industrial plants. The other factor driving growth is the realized benefits that wireless presents including reduced installation costs, elimination of phone line charges for remote sites, reduced mechanical wear to moving platforms (thus improving performance of material handling systems) and providing crucial information for production and maintenance workers wherever needed.
White Paper: Using Operator Interfaces to Optimize Performance of Industrial Wireless Networks
This article from ProSoft explores 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.
Feb 5th, 2010