"The same pressures that led to 18th century developments are reasserting themselves in the
collision of the two worlds of industrial and information technology." Thus starts an article in the November 2006 issue of ISA's INTECH magazine.
The excitement generated by the mention of the word "Wireless" at various user groups events, exhibitions and conferences bears witness to this. A quick search in the various automation organisation websites will quickly through up a myriad of information of various degrees and usefulness. We list a few of these resources here.
"Manufacturers in the process industries know that they need better visibility into operations that occur inside their own fence. ARC's end user research indicates that manufacturers believe better visibility has huge potential value in the form of more consistent use of best practices, higher plant utilization, and improved operational safety."
Harry Forbes, Senior Analyst ARC.
The Read-out signpost provides this page as a resource to various standards and articles as well as to some specialist companies in the field. If you are unable to locate a service you are looking below for please feel free to use the Google Search facility below
Sorts through the confusing maze of technologies, standards and issues that is the current wireless landscape. With the help of Control's Editor in Chief Walt Boyes, you can discern the lay of the land and begin to figure out what wireless technologies - if any - are right for you.
Last changes to this page: 25/52009
PublicationsThe Industrial Wireless Book helps to promote all types of wireless for industry including 802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.15.4-based wireless mesh networking, WIFI, Bluetooth, GPRS, GSM and Lowpower radio.
Industrial Wireless Centre Industrial wireless solutions can help to reduce manufacturing costs as well as improve safety, reliability and productivity. This Knowledge Center, from Control Magazine's web presence is designed to equip users with the information needed to get started in wireless, especially how to make choices that will migrate forward as the applications grow, as well as maintain investment as the technology continues to evolve.
Wireless Pioneers Tell All some of the trials, tribulations and challenges faced by two early end-users of industrial wireless networking technology, along with some lessons learned and benefits gained. (Automation.com Oct'07)
The WiMAX Forum® comprises operators, component and equipment companies in the communications ecosystem.
The Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA) is a coalition of industrial end-user companies, technology suppliers, industry organizations, software developers, system integrators, and others interested in the advancement of wireless solutions for industry.
PlantWeb University has useful courses about using Wireless technology in process automation applications. The new courses are available free through the PlantWebUniversity educational website.
The PlantWeb University is a resource of Emerson Process Management
We are indebted to one of our visitors for this insight:
"I was reading the article "From Attic to the Process Plant" in the latest "Read-Out Instrumentation Signpost", and wanted to call attention to another inventor-Nikola Tesla- who demonstrated wireless radio in St Louis 11 years before Marconi obtained his first patent. Tesla died in 1943 - a year before the US Supreme Court ruled in his favor in a patent case-Tesla
versus Marconi, Case 309, June, 1944. Everyone honors Marconi, and I don't
wish to minimize his accomplishments, but we should also acknowledge Tesla.
I must plead ignorance of Tesla's many contributions to our modern life until I
read a series of articles about him last year. I would ask that you make
mention of Tesla and encourage others to do a little research about him.
He's an American treasure that should be acknowledged. I hope you see fit
to publicize Tesla in the near future as we surely will be hearing more
about the technology from Honeywell, Emerson, etc." Wikipedia Nikola Tesla See also Jim Talbot's article in January 2008 issue of Intech entitled Credit where credit is Due
The aerial - Dish and Omni - used in the Read-out Offices for wireless broadband reception and onward transmission