White Papers

on 'Network Infrastructure'

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  • Choosing the right devices for your mobile solution

    A mobile device is one of the most important components of your solution. You can get everything else right, from application design to integration and security, but choosing the wrong device form factor or configuration can put a significant dent in the productivity gains you are hoping to achieve, and set you up for many headaches in the future. This FAQ white paper discusses some considerations that should be driving your device selection and explores ways to mitigate your hardware‐related risks.

  • Improving plant production with wireless condition monitoring

    Mechanical failures of motors, drives and other vital electromechanical equipment are among the most common reasons for production stoppages. Fortunately, recent advancements in vibration monitoring and data analysis have lead to condition monitoring systems that can accurately detect a problem before failure, thus reducing costly machine shutdowns and maximizing production output. These systems are installed on the monitored equipment and are typically networked back to a central computer for data analysis and alarm annunciation. Because the machines may be in remote locations where network infrastructure is not available, or on moving platforms where hardwired network connectivity is not practical, wireless communications are a networking alternative that offer installation cost savings, quicker deployment and improved reliability in certain situations.

    Jim Ralston
  • Improving SCADA operations using wireless instrumentation

    Integrating wireless instrumentation with SCADA systems can drive operational efficiency and reduce deployment costs.

    The use of wireless instruments in pipelines and gas production operations has been gaining momentum over the past few years. Driven by cost cutting measures and the need to gain more operational visibility to meet regulatory requirements, wireless instruments eliminate expensive trenching and cabling while providing access to hard-to-reach areas using self-contained, battery-powered instruments. However, SCADA engineers and operators are facing the challenge of integrating wireless instrumentation networks with other communication infrastructure available in the field. Managing and debugging dispersed wireless networks presents a new level of complexity to field operators that could deter them from adopting wireless instrumentation despite the exceptional savings.

    This paper will look into the particular ways in which operators can tightly integrate wireless instrumentation networks with SCADA and realize the full benefits of such an integrated solution.

    Hany Fouda
  • Advantages of a PC-based HART communicator

    It's now time to upgrade to a new HART communicator. Your old handheld HART communicator is obsolete and receives limited support. You shop around and find that it costs between $3,000 and $7,000 for a new handheld HART communicator. A Google search reveals a PC-based alternative. Will the PC alternative perform as required? What should you look for?

    The PC-based HART communicator has been around for many years, but until recently, it has not been able to replace the handheld HART communicator. The main reason is that it could not communicate at the DD level with all the devices in the DD library. Recent developments have eliminated that problem, and now is a good time to review the capabilities of a PC-based HART communicator.

  • Stainless steel enclosures in industrial applications

    Stainless steel is a versatile material known primarily for its strength and corrosion-resistant properties. It is utilized in the construction of enclosure solutions that satisfy applications across a broad spectrum of industries. While an assortment of different components are housed within these enclosures and placed in disparate environments, there is common criteria that must be considered to ensure that the proper stainless steel enclosure is chosen for a given application.

    This paper explores some of the technical details of stainless steel that are crucial to the selection of industrial enclosures, including composition, distinguishing properties of different grades, chemical resistances, suitable applications and general benefits offered by stainless steel when compared to carbon steel enclosures.

  • Preparing for industrial wireless

    Plants across the world are increasingly having to make thedecision to implement wireless technology in their industrial facilities. The right decision enables an infrastructure that provides significant benefits from wire savings to improved operations. Wireless is a complex enabling technology that requires many considerations before broad deployment in an industrial facility.

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