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Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Introduction and RA Strategy Overview
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Agenda What problems are we trying to solve? Application Matrix Technologies Strategy Overview Recommendations Chief Considerations Readiness Assessment Encompass Partners
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. What problems are we trying to solve? Eliminating Wires and Cables –Increase Reliability Replace Festoon cables (Moving machinery) –Reduce Installation Cost Wireless I/O, Wireless Sensor and mesh networks Reach great distances (SCADA ) Cross electrical and physical barriers Enabling Portability and Mobility –Mobile HMI (People) –AGVs (Equipment) Tracking Assets –RFID (Coarse) –RTLS (Fine) Combinations –AGVs w/Active RFIDs, etc.
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Application Matrix HMI Location-Based Services RFID Material delivery CBMModem SCADA Modem Wireless I/O Crane Control Cable and Wire Replacement Tracking Mobile Sensor InformationControl
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Technologies (a snapshot) Craig Mathais, Farpoint Group Broadband Everywhere: Putting Mobile Data to Work Source :
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Wireless Technology Evolution Just as Ethernet has evolved from an office network, to a network that could be applied in some industrial applications, to a network suitable for real-time plant floor control today… Evolution of wired Ethernet for control applications Past Today Future 10M 100M 1000M Half-duplex Full-duplex Hubs Switches Enhanced Features …so too will wireless technology evolve for easily deployable, real-time, plant floor control applications. Wireless for real-time applications is where Ethernet for control applications were 3-5 years ago. Commercial needs (i.e. Voice over IP) will help drive solutions that can be leveraged by EtherNet/IP.
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. RA Wireless Strategy Summary RA offers wireless solutions by leveraging available COTS and Encompass Partner products and solutions –EtherNet/IP uses standard Ethernet and is therefore compatible with standard wireless infrastructure products and solutions For wireless LAN applications, promote wireless standards –RA Encompass Partners offer standard and non-standard wireless products and solutions for a broad range of applications Services –Offered by Encompass Partners to complement their solutions Continue to track wireless technologies and standards –Wireless technology standards continue to evolve –As wireless technologies and standards mature, work closely with customers to identify requirements and deliver best-in-class solutions Wireless LAN applications Wireless I/O applications Sensor-based applications Other application-specific products
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Rockwell Automation Wireless Offerings Drives W ireless I nterface M odule (WIM) –DPI WIMs provide a wireless communications interface between a Pocket PC, laptop computer or desktop computer equipped with Bluetooth ® and any Allen-Bradley ® product supporting the DPI protocol –Uses a full-duplex point-to-point protocol (virtually wireless serial!) –Compatible with PowerFlex ® 70, 700, 700H and 700S AC drives –Backwards compatible with legacy drives that use the SCANport protocol –Catalog numbers 20-WIM-N1 (NEMA 1 type, IP20 rating) 20-WIM-N4S (NEMA 4 type, IP66 rating)
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Recommendations Understand where wireless is appropriate –No fully wireless factory (still need power cables) - still many excellent applications –Mostly for information, limited control usage possible today – more in the future ??? Understand where wireless is beneficial –More efficient workflow Access to multiple information sources without travel or second party involvement Information entry for paperwork reduction, auditing, and alert –Legacy retrofit for automatic information gathering Maintenance, temporary or experimental deployment –Cable replacement for festoon or great distance Determine IT involvement –Security, LAN re-use, maintenance Perform a site survey Get a partner with industrial wireless packaging and installation experience
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Chief Considerations Wireless device power –Battery power –Power scavenging : Vibration, Light –RF power Environment compatibility –Indoor/outdoor, temperature, contaminants, wash-down Achieving proper coverage –Antennas / placement, reliable bandwidth, minimize radios, channel usage (3D), redundancy Cost –Installation, power, communication, enclosures Data Reliability –Slow updates allow retries –Ensure safe state on link loss Transmission reliability –Noise and interference immunity Existing wireless, legacy radios, microwave ovens, cordless phones, emerging radios, process, fusion lighting –Alternative routing paths Quality of service –Guaranteed bandwidth –Deterministic transmission delay Security –User authentication, Access control, RF Signal leaks, good antennas can pick up signals from far away
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. …control of the application or process Where variance of a few 100ms between packets is unlikely to be within acceptable limits. Solutions available, proceed with caution Recommend consultation …data collection Where variance of a few 100ms between packets is likely to be within acceptable limits. Solutions readily available, proceed with caution If the wireless application is for… …system / device configuration Where variance of a few 100ms between packets is not visible to the user. Solutions readily available Wireless Application Readiness Pressure? Vibration? Input Controller Output Time
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. RA Encompass Partner Listings - Modems Cisco Systems Inc. –Networking infrastructure (WLANs) –802.11b Wireless LAN, Modular Wireless Access Points, high-speed, high-performance outdoor bridging solution for line-of-sight applications Control Chief Inc. –Heavy Equipment wireless control, SCADA and RTU for Industrial and Transportation (Train), Guide Path Vehicle Control –Wireless, point-to-point/ Multi-node modem for SLC (Backplane Communicatioins). Communicates with ControlChief handheld remote control units. Data-Linc Group –SCADA and RTU wireless, fiber and dial-up modems for Industrial Data Communications –Wireless, point-to-point modem offering serial connection and/or Ethernet RJ-45 DataRadio Inc. –SCADA and RTU, remote monitoring, control or wireless data transfer –Integral wireless modem for data transmission. Programmable. Transmits data real-time without delays at speeds up to 19.2 kbps with enhanced diagnostics. Electronic Systems Technology –Remote site monitoring, warehousing, and phone by- pass applications all around the world. –Wireless, point-to-point modem offering serial connection and/or Ethernet RJ-45 Millie Applied Research Corporation (MARC) –PLC dial-up modem-based communications. SCADA and RTU modems - Dialup with triggers to external wireless radio modems –1771 module with radio transmitter, Push-to-talk controls (local I/O) Microwave Data Systems –SCADA and RTU wireless radio modems –Wireless, point-to-point, point-to-multipoint radio modem with serial RS232/422 ProSoft Technology –Communications –Wireless, peer to peer radio modem with serial RS232/422/485, DF1, EtherNet/IP to Serial, EtherNet/IP to other networks, Ethernet bridge/client/hotspot
Copyright © 2005 Rockwell Automation, Inc. All rights reserved. Summary Wireless is not a good fit for every application –COTS and Encompass Partners products and solutions exist today –Wireless technologies are continuing to evolve that are expanding the possibilities Successful usage requires good planning and management –Understand and address the issues and challenges When in doubt, get assistance from knowledgeable sources!
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