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Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation

As commercial and residential networks rapidly go the wireless route, will industrial networks soon follow? This fourth edition includes the increasingly popular wireless application Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and also provides a clear, unbiased view of the emerging wireless communications market. Author Dick Caro explores wireless communications from the factory and process automation viewpoint to help you make clear decisions on the timing and strategy for implementing wireless networks for automation projects. According to Caro, going wireless is more than just plugging in some wireless components to replace the wires. Residential networks are easily justified using today's inexpensive wireless components to avoid costly or unsightly wire installations. Industrial use is not quite so clear due to privacy and security concerns and the potential for signal loss in plant environments. Industrial use must have secure communications that never fails. However, the cost of industrial wiring is so high, that wireless can usually be justified. This fourth edition includes a general update of events that have occurred since the previous edition. Most importantly, it includes an extensive analysis of new wireless technology intended for process control, such as ISA100 Wireless (ISA100.11a), WirelessHART, WIA-PA, and WiFi, including IEEE 802.11n and 802.11ac.
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Preface xiUnit 1: Wireless Network Technology 11.1 Wireless Standards 21.2 Proprietary or Non-Standard Wireless Networks 91.3 Process Automation Wireless Networks 101.4 Antenna Technology 191.5 Wireless Network Topologies 23Unit 2: Wireless Network Standards 292.1 Wireless Local Area Networks (WLAN) 292.2 Wireless Personal Area Networks (WPAN) 322.3 WMAN, WiMAX (IEEE 802.16a) 472.4 Wireless Telephony 482.5 Convergence of Voice and Data Networks 51Unit 3: Industrial Automation Requirements 533.1 Environmental 533.2 Security 543.3 Privacy 543.4 Reliability 553.5 Power 56x Wireless Networks for Industrial AutomationUnit 4: Application of Wireless Networks to Industrial Automation 574.1 Politics of Wireless 574.2 Wi-Fi 604.3 Bluetooth 614.4 ZigBee 634.5 ISA100 Standard for Wireless Industrial Networks 644.6 WirelessHART 684.7 Comparison: WirelessHART vs. ISA100.11a 704.8 3G/4G Wireless for Automation 734.9 Factory Automation 75Unit 5: On the Bleeding Edge 775.1 WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) 775.2 UWB (UltraWideBand) 795.3 Wireless Sensor Networks 815.4 White Space 835.5 Network Device Power 83Unit 6: Recommendations for Wireless Networking 87Unit 7: Radio Frequency Tagging 917.1 Types of Tags 917.2 Tag Encoding 977.3 RF Database Tag 997.4 RF Tag Recommendations 101About the Author 103Index 107

About the Author

Dick Caro is a CEO of CMC Associates (Arlington, Massachusetts). He has been actively involved in industrial automation work since 1958, when he started doing instrumentation for a small chemical plant of Ethyl Corp. in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Not too long after graduating from the University of Florida in chemical engineering, he began working on an M. S. at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. In 1964, he received an M.S. in chemical engineering.

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