Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo: 6841) announces that it has developed an ISA100 WirelessTM*1 gateway module for field wireless communications that integrates the functions of an access point and a gateway, and will release it on November 29. Compact in size and easy to set up, this gateway module is ideal for building small-scale field wireless systems for upstream (oil and gas field development and production) and other types of applications where data is typically collected from a small number of devices distributed across a wide area.
Field wireless systems allow field devices to communicate wirelessly with host systems that perform functions such as monitoring and control. There is an ever-rising need for the collection of data that can help to improve productivity and enhance safety in plants and other types of industrial facilities. For such purposes, the demand for field wireless devices is particularly strong because they cost less to install and can be installed in locations that cannot be accessed using conventional wired devices.
Yokogawa released the world’s first ISA100 Wireless-compliant wireless devices in July 2010. Since then, the company has added field devices to its field wireless lineup that can measure flow rate, temperature, pressure, and vibration, gateways, and adapters that enable conventional field devices to communicate wirelessly.
ISA100 Wireless systems are fast and reliable, and can link devices that are scattered over a wide area. Yokogawa already offers a range of ISA100 Wireless products that can be used to construct large-scale field wireless systems, and is now adding this product to its lineup to satisfy the demand for a gateway that is suited for the construction of small-scale systems with fewer measurement points.
- Small form factor
Existing field wireless systems consist of wireless transmitters that can measure flow rate, temperature, pressure, and vibration in a production process; access points for receiving signals from wireless sensors; and management stations that function as gateways for the collection of sensor data via access points and send the data to a host system. This new gateway module is able to function as both an access point and gateway because it incorporates an FN110 field wireless communication module with a built-in gateway*2. The FN110 dimensions are unchanged, with a diameter of 23 mm and a length of 90 mm. When used together with an LN90 interface adaptor that incorporates a power supply adapter and a host system communications interface, the new gateway module can link up to 20 field wireless devices with a host controller or other device via the RS-485 Modbus general-purpose communications protocol.
- Easy to set up
This gateway module requires the input of just a few items to set it up. A clear line of sight between the wireless sensors and the gateway module must be secured to connect to a host system. Technicians who have no previous experience with wireless systems can easily set up this system.
- Low power consumption
This compact module draws just 0.3 watts of power.
Commitment to This Technology
This new gateway module opens up new applications for our wireless systems. ISA100 Wireless field wireless systems of all sizes can now be built to suit a wide variety of customer needs. Yokogawa will continue working to offer its customers best-in-class solutions that deliver great value by introducing new ISA100 Wireless field wireless devices and wireless system devices, and in so doing will broaden the use of this wireless technology.
*1 Technology and applications that are based on the International Society of Automation’s ISA100.11a standard for wireless communications in industrial automation.
*2 In its original configuration, without the gateway, the FN110 is mounted on field wireless devices and functions solely as an antenna.)
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