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Although wireless is now commonplace, in homes, offices, shops, hotels and other establishments around the world offering easy access to the Internet via strategically placed Wi-Fi hotspots, wireless is still somewhat of a holy grail for industrial automation applications. The benefits of using wireless for industrial automation applications are certainly desirable.

Cost: Wireless is cheaper than wired networks since less investment is required on cabling, installation and maintenance.

Mobility: Wireless is ideal for hard-to-wire applications, like the AGV (auto guided vehicle) applications used in warehouses.

Scalability: Wireless makes it much easier to expand existing operations since you do not need to install additional cabling.

The downside of using wireless for industrial automation applications is that it is much harder to meet the stringent reliability requirements demanded by industrial automation. Whereas a brief, several second cessation of service for a routine office application might be viewed as a mere nuisance, for critical automation applications the same cessation could cause an unacceptable interruption in a factory’s operation.

This is why reliability is so important. As wireless is being deployed far more frequently than before, operators need to make sure that their network is reliable. Network failure can have a marked effect on both safety and productivity, resulting in big financial losses. In this paper, we discuss certain critical factors that must be considered to ensure the reliability of your wireless network and suggest solutions that are appropriate for mission-critical applications.

Amplicon

Amplicon is a global business with more than 40 years’ experience in manufacturing and distribution, providing the marketplace with a wide range of complex, connected, computer-based measurement and automation systems that can be customised and bundled for easy integration.

Amplicon is a global business with more than 40 years’ experience in manufacturing and distribution, providing the marketplace with a wide range of complex, connected, computer-based measurement and automation systems that can be customised and bundled for easy integration.

As well as the supply and support of market-leading products from external manufacturers, Amplicon manufactures its own brand of high-quality industrial computers under the brand names of Ventrix, Impact, Impact-E, Impact-R and Senses. The company owns an extensive purpose-built EMC and pre-conformance laboratory, using the latest test equipment to ensure all products conform to relevant international standards.

The Amplicon team understands the demands and requirements of supplying equipment to the most demanding of projects. We are experienced in all aspects of approvals and will work to build close individual relationships with customers to deliver high-quality long-term products and technical support.

Amplicon divisions:

  • Industrial computing
  • Data communications
  • Measurement and control
  • Engineering services

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