Industrial wireless Ethernet network
The FL WLAN 5101 by Phoenix Contact has wireless networking up to 300 Mbps and uses Cluster Management (CM) technology to simplify network management.
Phoenix Contact's industrial WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n radio, the FL WLAN 5101, offers high-speed wireless networking up to 300 Megabits per second (Mbps), meeting demanding bandwidth applications such as IP-based video surveillance, plant networking and mobile operator access for programming and maintenance.
The “CM” (Cluster Management) technology simplifies wireless network management. All access points in a WLAN network can be easily configured and managed via a single web interface using any access point within the network, without additional costs for expensive hardware or software.
The new FL WLAN 5101 is just 40 mm wide in a metal housing, saving valuable space on the DIN rail. The data and antenna ports are conveniently placed on the top and bottom of the housing, so that issues with clearance to close the enclosure door are no longer a problem.
The FL WLAN 5101 covers a range up to four times larger than legacy Phoenix Contact WLAN radios. Therefore, a network requires fewer access points, which reduces infrastructure costs. When incorporated with the FL WLAN 5101’s access point/repeater mode, the new radios make it easier and more cost-effective to cover larger areas.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.