How Wireless Applications are Improving Performance in Mining, Metals and Petroluem Industries

CIM Toronto 2009
Abstract Wireless technology allows sites to extend their process control network into the field. Facilities are using industrial wireless devices such as transmitters, hand-helds, Tablet PCs and cameras to extend the role and enhance the value of their process automation systems. Innovative companies are taking advantage of wireless technology to improve their plants efficiency, reliability and safety.

Plant-wide wireless coverage enhances applications currently in use while enabling new applications designed to meet the demands of tomorrow’s facilities. For example, many are using this emerging technology to address work processes and enable a mobile and more efficient workforce. With Wi-Fi enabled process units, a field operator or maintenance technician can have real-time information, from the automation or maintenance system, enabling him/her to make better and faster decisions. As a decision support tool, technology such as mobile operator stations or handheld maintenance devices streamline field work processes and field data collection. In addition, a multi-functional wireless network can support remote video as a new process sensor. Finally low cost, battery powered wireless vibration transmitters are helping sites to monitor previously non-instrumented rotary equipments.

These applications all extend valuable information to key decision makers for faster and more informed decisions Hear case studies and examples from several key companies.
Keywords: wireless, Safety, Technology, Real-time, Information, Efficiency, Reliability, Wi-Fi, hand-helds
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