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The ISA100 Committee addresses wireless manufacturing and control systems in the areas of the:
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.
Global short-, medium-, and long-term technology needs and solutions will be incorporated on a non-exclusive technology basis with no bias towards or against a particular wireless technology. The standards themselves may influence the allocation and use of resources and spectrum.
Application of the technology will include:
The ISA100 Committee will establish standards, recommended practices, technical reports, and related information that will define technologies and procedures for implementing wireless systems in the automation and control environment with a focus on the field level (Level 0). Guidance is directed towards those responsible for the complete life cycle including the designing, implementing, on-going maintenance, scalability or managing manufacturing and control systems, and shall apply to users, system integrators, practitioners, and control systems manufacturers and vendors.
The Committee's focus is to improve the confidence, integrity, and availability of components or systems used for manufacturing or control, and provide criteria for procuring and implementing wireless technology in the control system environment. Compliance with the Committee's guidance will improve manufacturing and control system deployment, and will help identify vulnerabilities and address them, thereby reducing the risk of compromising or causing manufacturing control systems degradation or failure.
Note: Rather than risk duplication of effort, ISA100 will contribute to the efforts of existing committees (e.g., ISA84, ISA99) that wish to incorporate wireless technology in future revisions of their work.
In working to assure confidence in, and the integrity of, wireless technology, and to provide criteria for implementation in manufacturing automation and control systems, the ISA100 Committee has launched a number of project teams. Each team's goal is to develop documents that will help users make the right decision on industrial wireless implementations.
The project teams currently active include Co-Existence, Integration, Interoperability, Marketing, Networking, ISA100.11a, User Group and User's Guide. If you are interested in volunteering to help ISA100 with any of these ongoing work efforts or would like additional information, please contact Linda Wolffe at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 990-9257.
The following resources assist committee leaders and members in fulfilling their responsibilities.
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