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Apprion offers guidance on how to achieve success with wireless technologies, which could help improve productivity and plant efficiencies.

There are already many implementations of wireless applications at process manufacturing facilities.

Companies can benefit from the experience of others by reading case studies and getting involved in industrial wireless groups such as the Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance.

Many other facilities have implemented wireless applications and solutions that may be similar to a another company’s objectives.

From these experiences, many wireless ‘best practices’ have already been established.

There is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to wireless technologies.

The application that needs to be deployed, the bandwidth that application demands, an existing infrastructure, available budget, future extensions, additional applications, even the physical environment at a plant, all of these variables and many others will impact the decision on what wireless technology should be used.

There are many educational resources that provide free, accessible online industrial wireless courses for various levels of wireless knowledge.

The unique wireless performance characteristics of a particular plant must also be gauged.

While there is no ‘one size fits all’ wireless technology, no two manufacturing facilities are alike either.

Wireless experts can provide a wireless analysis that includes RF site assessment reports, vendor neutral recommendations, wireless application road maps, integrated architecture plans for both wired and wireless systems at a facility and much more.

A wireless site plan will provide a strategic application road map that is unique to the requirements of a particular plant, one that will optimise an investment in wireless and provide a scalable infrastructure for future applications and systems.

The ability to see how a process will unfold, anticipate market shifts and mapping out future plans proactively is a key approach in the successful design, deployment, management and maintenance of wireless systems.

It is essential to think past the first application.

Survey peers in other departments, jointly identify current and future wireless projects and prioritise them.

Map this list with the information from the wireless site plan and the road map will come into clear focus.

A good start to paying for the wireless application is to review a wireless planning and budgeting checklist that can help build budgetary business case for high-priority wireless applications and help evaluate the technologies, devices and infrastructure for a successful implementation.

As with wireless technologies and implementation best practices, there is now sufficient data and Wireless Application ROI calculators available that can help determine projected cost savings, efficiency improvements and the overall return on a wireless investment.

Calculating the potential ROI for future projects will help with project proposals, cost justification and facilitate the approval process.

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