12 April 2006
Wireless standard for industrial automation
The ISA-SP100 committee and interested parties met to discuss technology and standards development logistics this week in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The group intends to establish standards, recommended practices, technical reports, and related information that will define procedures for implementing wireless systems in the automation and control environment with a focus on the field level.
“The technology is ready,” said committee co-chair Wayne Manges of Oak Ridge National Lab. “It has come out of the cell phone industry, the federal government, and from commercial networking businesses.”
Compliance with the committee’s guidance will improve manufacturing and control system deployment as well as identify vulnerabilities.
Co-chair Richard Sanders of ExxonMobil said, “I’m here to make sure users’ voices are heard. The reason we participate is to make sure we get what we want. If you want to say something but don’t want to scream, let me know, and I’ll make sure you’re heard.”
ISA-SP100 will address wireless manufacturing and control systems in the following areas:
The wireless environment includes the definition of wireless, radio frequencies (starting point), vibration, temperature, humidity, EMC, interoperability, coexistence with existing systems, and physical equipment location.
—Nicholas Sheble and Ellen Fussell Policastro
For related information, go to http://www.isa.org/MSTemplate.cfm?MicrositeID=1134&CommitteeID=6891.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).