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Candidates for the 2015 ISA100 Wireless Excellence In Automation Award Currently Under Evaluation

October 05, 2015

The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute today announced that it is currently evaluating candidates for the 2015 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award.  The award seeks to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of industrial wireless communications, specifically work that helps to broaden the industry’s understanding and application of industrial wireless technology.

2014 ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award

Last year the ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award was presented to NIPPON STEEL & SUMIKIN ENGINEERING for its research project that quantified the reliability of ISA100 Wireless technology in a multi-vendor device configuration at an operational site.

Read the full report here.

Project Details

  • Type of manufacturing facility: Waste recycling plant
  • Number of devices included in the research project: 22 devices
  • Number of different suppliers included in the configuration: Three companies
  • Companies represented: Azbil, Fuji Electric and Yokogawa
  • Duration of the research trials: July 2013 – January 2014

Project Goals

The team set out to confirm that:
  1. Wireless network successfully supports a multi-vendor device configuration
  2. Field test results are confirmed independently of supplier claims
  3. Interoperability among diverse suppliers of wireless devices
  4. Characteristics for wireless propagation in a multi-vendor device configuration
Conclusions

Through this study, the team identified engineering techniques to optimize performance of the wireless network in response to various adverse conditions present at the plant site.  The team concluded that ISA100 Wireless network reliability was practical for actual industrial applications.
 
Looking forward, the team expects that the capability of any ISA100 Wireless certified device to interoperate in the same wireless network will:
  1. Expand the portfolio of wireless devices from a variety of suppliers
  2. Drive down costs/prices of wireless instruments
The team also predicts that with greater availability of wireless instruments and costs trending downward, selecting wireless instrument technology will become easier to justify, and the industry will witness more widespread adoption of wireless technology.