Device management: Platform upgrade adds wireless device capabilities
Asset management platform keeps pace with evolving technology.
Keeping up with the growing deployment of wireless instrumentation calls on system designers to add specialized capabilities for these devices. Emerson Process Management has added wireless management to its AMS Device Manager 9.5.
Intelligent Device Manager 9.5 now offers applications for planning and managing scalable wireless networks to support the growing demand for wireless solutions in process industries, providing a common interface for users to manage their wired and wireless instruments and valves. The company says wireless device configuration is streamlined with drag-and-drop functionality to automate writing join keys into wireless devices, increasing efficiency, and security.
Emerson says that with the new AMS wireless snap-on application, users can plan, customize, visualize, and manage Smart Wireless networks. This application allows users to avoid in-depth site surveys or time-consuming planning blueprints. Instead, users can upload an aerial image of their plant into the application and plan their wireless network. When the network layout is complete, they can validate the network against factory-recommended best practices to optimize device communication paths. Once the wireless network is installed, the application provides a comprehensive view of the network’s status, enabling users to maximize reliability.
"Wireless is the new frontier in asset management," says Craig Llewellyn, president of Emerson’s Asset Optimization division. "With our leadership in asset management and field devices as a foundation, along with our proven service expertise, we are helping our users leverage wireless technologies in the easiest, fastest, and most effective way possible.”
AMS Device Manager 9.5 also reportedly includes the MV engineering assistant snap-on application that has expanded to enable configuration and test calculation functions on both HART and Foundation Fieldbus multi-variable transmitters.
—Edited by Peter Welander, process industries editor, PWelander@cfemedia.com ,
Process & Advanced Control Monthly
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