Wireless transformation in global industrial facilities

01 November 2011

IMS Research reports that worldwide shipments of industrial products that are wireless-enabled are set to grow from an estimated 1.2 million in 2009 to more than 3 million in 2015, at an average annual growth rate of 18%. Since WirelessHART was approved in 2010 as the first international wireless communication standard, it has been validated and accepted globally by industry.

Emerson Process Management ha recently announced that it has exceeded 500 million hours of wireless operation across 6,100 networks as industrial wireless moves from extreme to mainstream.

It is now able to boast 580 million total hours of wireless operation across 6,100 networks, with its Smart Wireless solutions. Based on the internationally recognised IEC 62591 WirelessHART standard, having gained widespread adoption.

Emerson Smart Wireless technologies have enabled industrial customers to monitor processes in places where wired connections are impractical or where humans are not able to go.
“We have focused on wireless innovation to enable industrial efficiency in the toughest environments, from monitoring oil pipelines on the North Slope of Alaska, where wind chill temperatures are minus 56°C, or in the desert, where temperatures rise to over 40°C,” said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. “We are seeing growth in our Smart Wireless solutions, as thousands of industrial customers realise the benefits and broad potential of wireless communications to improve operations, enhance safety and reduce environmental risks.”

The majority of industrial wireless users rely on these devices to extend the plant information network with additional sensors, streamline maintenance and improve worker safety. Future Smart Wireless products from Emerson will extend capabilities from monitoring to control functions, enabling customers to not only gather critical information but also to act on it remotely. Emerson will also extend wireless to new applications that historically have relied only on manual observation and periodic reporting, giving industrial customers real-time, constant visibility to new and better data for improved control systems, safety systems, asset management, machinery health and overall plant performance.

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