Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Wireless network

April 16, 2009
By Alyssa Dalton

Pilz’s PSSuniversal, the modular, decentralized input/output (I/O) control platform for industrial environments, has gone wireless. InduraNET p, short for Industrial Radio Network, was specially developed for use in situations where cable-based solutions are difficult, impractical or impossible to install. InduraNET p is designed to solve many of the problems associated with radio signal reception with its antenna system. Another InduraNET p feature, Coexistence Frequency Management or CFM, enables InduraNET p systems to coexist with other wireless systems in the 2.4-GHz ISM band, with high immunity to interference from other wireless services such as DECT, UMTS or GSM. Users can add InduraNET p to a new or existing I/O block without changing any hardware. A maximum of 64 operational and safety input/output modules – each with two or four I/O – can be installed in any order alongside a single PSSuniversal head module. Communication is viable using all common standard fieldbus protocols.

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