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These documents are great way to learn more about ISA100 Wireless’ advanced capabilities and the creative ways WCI members are using them.

The Future of Steam Trap Monitoring - Reducing Your Risk  (November 2016)


Today’s steam trap is the product of over 100 years of development, providing greater reliability and lower energy loss than ever before. However, failures and blockages will inevitably still occur and when they do it’s important that they are fixed as quickly and efficiently as possible. This paper discusses the importance of effective steam trap monitoring, the need for automation and the adoption of wireless technology within a modern steam trap monitoring system. We will also investigate the need for wireless security protocols to safeguard networks.

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Improving Asset Management and Safety of an Offshore Platform - Research Study  (February 2016)


Today’s steam trap is the product of over 100 years of development, providing greater reliability and lower energy loss than ever before. However, failures and blockages will inevitably still occur and when they do it’s important that they are fixed as quickly and efficiently as possible. This paper discusses the importance of effective steam trap monitoring, the need for automation and the adoption of wireless technology within a modern steam trap monitoring system. We will also investigate the need for wireless security protocols to safeguard networks.

PETRONAS conducted testing and analysis of an ISA100 Wireless safety system operating on an offshore oil platform with remote wireless monitoring located on another platform 5 kilometers away. The key strategic goal of its research was to improve safety and reliability of asset management. In order to reach this key strategic goal, the PETRONAS team set two research objectives:

·         To assess the stability and reliability of long-distance communication of an ISA100 Wireless                  safety system in a harsh offshore radio environment, and
·         To confirm the performance and interoperability of an ISA100 Wireless safety system.

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Verification of Characteristics of Wireless Instruments installed in Plant Facilities

~Evaluation of Stability and Reliability of Wireless Communication in Plant Field~


(December 2015)


Abstract: It is well known that process variables such as flow, pressure and temperature in plant field networks are normally transmitted by cables between instruments and central control systems. Recently, wireless instrumentation technology has attracted wide attention in the process automation field, intended to achieve 3 main benefits: (1) reduced costs by minimizing cable installation run lengths, (2) as a backup strategy for Business Continuity Plan (BCP) in case of incident, and (3) advancement of measurement technology. However actual application of wireless technology to plant facilities has historically included some uncertainty due to unknown performance characteristics at operating plant sites.  The key performance characteristics of interest include “stability” and “reliability” of wireless instrument communication at operating plant locations; subjected to environmental conditions including metal obstructions like tanks, boilers, pipes and, production equipment. Due to the uncertainty, the adoption of wireless technology at operating plant sites has been slow despite the availability of commercial industrial wireless sensor products since 2007.  In this paper, verification results of characteristics of wireless instruments obtained by field tests conducted in actual plant facilities are reported, as well as, our future plans to optimally apply this technology to plant facilities.

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ISA100 Wireless Applications, Technology, and Systems - A Tutorial White Paper ( November 2014)


Industrial wireless instrumentation is widely considered suitable for monitoring, control, and alarms, including safety alarms. Systems may be deployed using an ad hoc methodology to get started, but users are better served when systems are scaled using a more structured methodology that leverages the “Internet of Things.” User acceptance of and demand for IP-based scaled mission-critical wireless technology is driving adoption of ISA100 Wireless. ISA100 Wireless is poised to support a fast growth curve with its open design, scalable system and product architectures, and a vendor-neutral ecosystem.

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Can there be a single wireless protocol for field devices (Compares WirelessHART to ISA100 Wireless - September 2013)


Like wired process control communications standards in 2000, today there are directly competing standards for wireless field instrumentation: IEC 62734 (ISA100.11a, ISA100 Wireless™) and IEC 62591 (WirelessHART®.) These two standards appear to be very similar because they are both based on the same IEEE 802.15.4 radio chip, but they are actually not that similar and they are not interoperable.

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Evolution of Wireless Sensor Networks for Industrial Control (Compares WirelessHART to ISA100 Wireless - May 2013)


Technologies evolve in a process of gradual scientific change, but the commercial application of technologies is discontinuous. The principle of punctuated equilibrium from evolutionary biology is a powerful framework for differentiating the technical evolution of a technology from its market application. This principle is used understand the current market uptake of the two standards for wireless sensor networks for industrial automation and control, WirelessHART and ISA100 Wireless, and to predict future market shifts. Originally posted at timreview.ca/article/682

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Wireless Communications in Safety Systems (May 2013)


Wireless sensors have been around for some time. The motivating factors for installing wireless equipment are easy to identify; simplicity of installation and flexibility in operation.

Just as the benefits are easy to see, so are the potential challenges. The main challenges with safe wireless communication are to guarantee a short response time and to immediately detect loss of contact with sensors.

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ISA100 WCI HART Adapter (April 2013)

The ISA100 Wireless™ architecture provides a user-driven, scalable, global, control-ready and flexible framework, designed to accommodate a variety of legacy applications. This paper describes how legacy HART devices have been seamlessly adapted into the ISA100 Wireless object-oriented application model, using WCI’s ISA100 Wireless Adapter for HART specification.

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Control Over Wireless (September 2012)

 
This paper describes how systems based on the ISA100.11a [1] wireless standard can be used for control. When industrial users consider applications for wireless control, they generally cite three key benefits: improved reliability, improved control, and cost savings.

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