Products used in high-speed wireless control and monitoring for carts

At a Johnson Controls automotive supply plant, industrial wireless communications from ProSoft Technology decreases downtime by 50% in a mobile cart application.

06/06/2013


ProSoft Technology RadioLinx 802.11n Industrial Hotspot series provides enterprise-class technology, optimized for rugged industrial performance and easy deployment in the field. These 802.11n Hotspots use multiple-input/multiple-output (MIMO) technologyJohnson Controls, an automotive industry supplier, is preventing breaks in wired communications by eliminating wires and installing industrial wireless technology for monitoring and controls application resulting in half the downtime for that application. Johnson Controls in Tlaxcala, Mexico, uses 43 carts in a urethane process as they move around a production carousel. Johnson Controls used ProSoft Technology’s wireless radio solutions to improve reliability by half.

Johnson Controls’ system integrator and distributor chose ProSoft Technology for fast wireless communication. Twenty-three out of 42 carts now have Allen-Bradley 1734 I/O from the Rockwell Automation platform physically connected to an IHN radio with an IHN Master connected to a ControlLogix platform. ProSoft Technology IHN radios can transfer data at a high rate of speed up to 300 Mbps.

“Johnson Controls found in ProSoft Technology the best option for wireless communication based on the testing results and presale tech support provided on-site,” explained Adrian Torres, Johnson Controls project leader. Adepi, the systems integrator, and Risoul y Cia, the distributor, worked with ProSoft Technology technical engineers to make the project successful and get past a hurdle involving the data transfer rate. ProSoft Technology engineers, including Hugo Amador and Jose Victor, helped streamline the installation process.

“It took only a couple of days to have it completely optimized,” Hugo said.

Adepi Engineer Joaquin Ortiz said downtime using wireless communications decreased approximately 50%.

- Victor Garcia is marketing writer with ProSoft Technology; edited by Mark T. Hoske, content manager CFE Media, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering, mhoske(at)cfemedia.com.

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See application details article linked below: High-speed wireless control and monitoring for carts.

http://adepi.com.mx/?page_id=238 

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