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Prosoft Technology has released the Wireless Point I/O Adapter (ILX34-AENWG): a high-speed, standards-based 802.11g wireless input/output (I/O) communication adapter.

The adapter offers a wireless alternative for linking Rockwell Automation controllers to distributed process I/O modules.

Combining Rockwell Automation’s I/O with Prosoft Technology’s Integrated Wireless Architecture, technology and support, the Wireless Point I/O Adapter provides users with an optimum distributed I/O communication solution.

The Wireless Point I/O Adapter add-on profile (AOP) utilises the RSLogix 5000 programming environment and connection-based Ethernet/IP protocol to simplify configuring and communicating with Point I/O racks scattered throughout the process facility.

The compact size of Point I/O systems, when coupled with the Wireless Point I/O Adapter, makes them suitable for collecting data from and controlling moving systems such as robots, automated carts, overhead cranes, earthmovers and fixed-position racks in hard-to-reach areas of the process plant.

Harry Forbes of the ARC Advisory Group said: ‘The ability to wirelessly connect Point I/O modules adds new degrees of freedom for system and application designers because it enables them to design high-performance, scalable and low-latency systems in cases where wired I/O would be problematic.’ The Wireless Point I/O Adapter can be used in networks with Radiolinx industrial hotspots or third-party 802.11g access points to provide high-speed, low-latency 802.11g client communication over widely spaced plant areas.

This ability to work with existing standards-based wireless technology protects and leverages the end user’s investment.

For security, the Wireless Point I/O employs 802.11i WPA2 with AES encryption.

The Wireless Point I/O Adapter provides users with the flexibility and scalability (up to 63 modules) offered by the standard Rockwell Automation Point I/O modules, including analogue I/O, digital I/O, Point Guard I/O, Devicelogix, relays, RTD and counters.

The adapter benefits users who require a non-tethered link to distributed I/O in applications with moving or remote equipment or where it would be difficult or costly to wire devices or control panels.

Applications include: oil and gas, such as tank farms; material handling, such as cranes and stackers/reclaimers; food and beverage, such as rotating filling, spooling and moulding machines; robotics/multi-axis machining; remote monitoring; condition monitoring; and other remote/moving distributed I/O applications.

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