From Wired to Wireless:
Reliable Data Acquisition Technology for the Automated Factory Environment
Beginning about ten years ago, improvements in Ethernet technology brought about sizable changes to traditional methods of data acquisition and communication in the automated factory environment. Field bus and TCP/IP network technology, for example, resulted in greater flexibility of network topology and significantly increased network bandwidth. However, in today's technological environment, the needs of average wireless technology users are quite different from the requirements of large-scale commercial wireless applications. This begs the question: what is the best method for using Ethernet technologies in an automated factory environment?
In searching for an advanced technological solution to structural problems inherent in automated factories, customers generally have three main concerns:
Limited space is a considerable problem in modern factories and workplaces and, as such, must be factored into any design of a factory, production line or machine. Some device applications, further, require a metal chassis. If a device can save space, customers will not need to purchase a bigger chassis. Thus, limiting both cost and space in one fell swoop. Our products fit neatly into limited spaces and as such are of tremendous benefit because by saving space companies will save money.
High temperature areas and other extreme conditions are common in modern factories. Customers look for products with a durable design, built to withstand an extreme environment. Our industrial products are built to withstand extreme temperatures and have received Underwriters Laboratories Class 1 Division 2 (UL C1D2) classification for use in hazardous environments.
Difficult to Install / Complexity
At some work sites, such as pipelines and wells, it is difficult to set up devices or install cables. We provide a stable wireless technology that reliably brings all signals back to the control center.