Wireless instrumentation deployments growing quickly
HART Communication Foundation reports that WirelessHART-installed networks exceed 8,000 at major manufacturing sites worldwide.
More than 8,000 WirelessHART networks are currently installed in major manufacturing sites around the globe, so says the HART Communication Foundation. The organization reckons that tens of thousands of devices are at work in a variety of process applications including rotating equipment, pipeline monitoring, storage tank farms, and many others. Major companies such as Bayer, BASF, BP, Celanese, ConocoPhillips, Evonik, PEMEX, Shell, Statoil, and others have deployed networks and individual instruments at process manufacturing sites worldwide.
“The WirelessHART standard is built on the solid foundation of the HART Protocol, and by design provides the same familiar ease-of-use, backward compatibility, interoperability, reliability, and security,” says Ron Helson, HART Communication Foundation executive director. “WirelessHART was designed to so that the integration and operation of HART and WirelessHART devices with automation systems is seamless and transparent.”
Leading automation suppliers such as ABB, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, MACTek, Pepperl+Fuchs, Phoenix Contact, R. Stahl, Siemens, and others are shipping WirelessHART-based products. The organization says that the standard supports self-organizing, full multi-hop and multi-path mesh topologies, and requires no specialized tools or expert communication protocol settings for deployment. It characterizes the technology as easy to implement, provides built-in reliability in industrial environments, and employs 128-bit AES encryption to protect the network and the data being transferred at all times. WirelessHART (IEC 62591) builds on proven international standards: the HART Communication Protocol (IEC 61158), EDDL (IEC 61804-3), and IEEE 802.15.4.
Edited by Peter Welander, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Events & Awards
- Magazine Archives
- Oil & Gas Engineering
- Salary Survey
- Digital Reports
Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey