Webcast covers industrial wireless applications, technologies

Archive version is available: Experts discussing an overview of industrial wireless technologies, the need for a long-term strategy, and best practices for wireless system design in harsh real-world settings, with application examples presented by system integrators.


Archive version is available: Updates in industrial wireless technologies are among most popular Control Engineering articles and Webcasts. Experts will provide assessments of industrial wireless projects and lessons learned. An exam and certificate are available for one professional development hour (PDH), according to Registered Continuing Education Program rules (from the American Council of Engineering Companies). The Webcast will be Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT/11 a.m. PT. One (1) RCEP / ACEC Certified Professional Development Hour (PDH) is available. Click here to register for the Control Engineering Industrial Wireless Webcast.

WirelessLearning objectives for this industrial wireless webcast are to understand:
• Overview of industrial wireless technologies (ISA100, HART Wireless, WiFi, WiMax), including economics and how to develop a new engineering mindset
• Engineering decision criteria, including essential requirements and desired requirements
• Need for a long-term wireless strategy
• Specifications downfalls when evaluating radio aspects of the technology
• Rapid prototyping of wireless sensors in an industrial environment
• Define best practices to RF design in complex/harsh RF (radio frequency) environments, such as manufacturing/industrial/power generation facilities
• Review real examples of wireless sensor deployments in industrial environments for workforce efficiency and condition-based monitoring.

Stephen Muenstermann, RoviSys Building Technologies, DC market manager- Stephen Muenstermann, RoviSys Building Technologies, DC market manager, previously served as the leader of wireless field solutions for a major automation company for North America and the global interface for all industrial wireless infrastructure. He has more than 10 years of experience in industrial applications, after having begun with radio frequency and communications military intelligence overseas, continuing with industrial instrumentation and commercial wireless technologies. He has written white papers and articles on wireless security, regulatory issues resolved, enterprise wireless inventory management, remote SCADA, OSHA wireless safety, and data center BMS infrastructure management, among other topics. He has consulted with major refinery, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, mission critical infrastructure, ethanol, chemical, municipal and other industries in development of wireless strategies. He has conducted more than 300 seminars on industrial wireless technology. www.rovisysbt.com  

Damon Brady, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, section manager- Damon Brady, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, section manager, has more than 15 years of technical and managerial experience in network communications and critical infrastructure services, including 10 years of experience leading network design, implementation, and integration processes for utility, energy, and public safety clients. He has expertise in telecommunications voice and data network architectures, including fiber optics, wireless local area network, point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint wireless radio technology. Brady has significant experience developing wireless and wireline communications solutions that form the basis of core infrastructures connecting critical components in smart grid infrastructures.


Douglas Bowers, senior project manager, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure- Douglas Bowers, SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, senior project manager, has more than 15 years of experience in system integration for communication and network systems. He specializes in working with clients to identify requirements and write specifications, then taking specifications and working with SAIC development teams from design through testing/delivery. The last several years have been spent in the rapid prototyping and development of new sensor systems for industrial environments with emphasis on nuclear generation and critical infrastructure, such as airports. www.saic.com/EEandI  


Moderator: Mark T. Hoske, webcast moderator, has been content manager for Control Engineering since 1994, and has authored or edited scores of articles relating to industrial wireless technologies. He’s written about automation technology topics since 1987.  www.controleng.com/contribute

Sponsored by: Moxa, Advantech


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Kranthi , India, 03/04/13 10:43 PM:

Is there a possibility where we can use WiFi in the shop floors of a pharmaceutical plant?

My idea is to replace hand written Batch records with suitable tablets, connect it to the server through WiFi from the shop floor for regular updates and data logging. For this to happen, we should be looking at;
1. FLP Tablets
2. Shope floor permissible WiFi access.
3. To reduce printing costs of the paper for each and every batch.
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