ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Releases New Edition of Wireless Networks Resource in Downloadable Format
Research Triangle Park, NC (9 May 2005) – ISA—the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society announces publication of a new resource, Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation, 2nd Edition, by industry expert Dick Caro.
As commercial and residential networks rapidly go the wireless route, industrial networks may soon follow. This newly revised digital book has been expanded to include the increasingly popular new wireless application Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) while also providing a clear, unbiased view of the emerging wireless communications market.
Author Dick Caro explores wireless communications from the factory and process automation viewpoint to help readers make clear decisions on the timing and strategy for implementing wireless networks for automation projects.
According to Caro, going wireless is more than just plugging in some wireless components to replace the wires. Residential networks are easily justified using today’s inexpensive wireless components to avoid costly or unsightly wire installations. Industrial use is not quite as clear due to privacy and security problems and the potential for signal loss in plant environments. Industrial use must have secure communications that never fail. However, the cost of industrial wiring is so high, that wireless can usually be justified.
To keep pace with the ever-changing nature of this technology, Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation, 2nd Edition is offered in digital format so that it can be updated on a continual basis. For a full year, if a new edition or update of the digital book is issued, buyers will receive email notification and be able to download the new PDF file at no extra charge.
More information about this resource can be found online at www.isa.org/wirelessnetworks.
NOTE to editors: Complementary copies are available by contacting ISA directly.
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).
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org). More information about WBF is available at www.wbf.org.
OMAC–The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group (www.omac.org) is an affiliate organization of ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society- and works to collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies, and to facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry and government developed OMAC technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements. OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. OMAC currently operates three Work Groups: Packaging Machinery, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool. OMAC is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).