At long last, HART has finalized the device Registration program for both wired and wireless HART devices. This supplants the longstanding practice of self-certification that HART Foundation member companies could perform in the past.
After months of being the critical path to getting products out the door, and feeling the imprint of all the boots running down that path on their backs, the HART Communication Foundation has released the WirelessHART Test Suite that is the complement to the already released Test Suite for...
As the ISA100.11a draft standard nears approval, the chorus of vendors committed to WirelessHART, at least for now, continues to swell. Last month, at Interkama, ELPRO Technologies, Emerson, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs and MACTek all launched WirelessHART products.
And further to the idea that there WILL be multiple wireless standards used in the industrial plant environment, here's a press release from the ZigBee folks that clearly plants them in the race for wireless sensor networks, not only in the process plant, not only in the discrete plant...
As expected, the ISA100 standard committee yesterday voted in favor of the draft ISA100.11a. Now it must go to the Standards and Practices Board at ISA for approval, and then to ANSI before it is an officially recognized standard.
Submitted by Dan Hebert on Thu, 04/16/2009 - 08:54
Wireless sensors are much more practical when energy harvesters are used to eliminate the need for power wiring. Energy harvesters convert vibration, heat or light into electrical energy which is used to power a rechargeable battery or a capacitor.
The beat goes on. In spite of (or maybe, to some extent, because of) the current rotten economic climate and the internecine squabbling about US standands, the wireless for automation market continues to grow. Here's a report on the EMEA market. Kind of like the InterTubes in 1998.