ISA forms wireless standards committee

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ireless is becoming more pervasive in the, industrial sector so we wanted to make sure ISA would continue to help the automation practitioners deploy this technology in the most reliable and efficient way," said CONTROL contributor Ian Verhappen, ISA's vice president of standards and practices. So, in an effort to reach end users of wireless technology in the industry, The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA) has formed a new standards committee known as ISA-SP100.

Verhappen said the new standard will meet all the needs of security and a reliable signal and be cost effective for end users.

“The new committee will address wireless and control system issues in environments where manufacturers deploy wireless technology. It will also address technology life cycle for wireless equipment and systems and applications of wireless technology,” he said.

Other aspects of wireless connectivity that the standard will cover include vibration, temperature, humidity, EMC, interoperability, coexistence with existing systems, and physical equipment location. Applications will include field sensors used for monitoring, control, alarm, and shutdown; wireless technology with uses of real time field-to-business systems; and technologies across all industries, including fluid processing, material processing, and discrete parts manufacturing environments.

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