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Wireless Technologies in Industrial Automation Systems

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

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June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

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June 29, 2011



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Automation Subjects in Manufacturing Education

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22.1692.1 - 22.1692.10



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Javad Shakib DeVry University, Pomona

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Mohammad Rafiq Muqri DeVry University, Pomona

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Wireless Technologies in Industrial Automation SystemsAutomatic control has played a vital role in the advance of engineering and science and it hasbecome an important and integral part of modern manufacturing and industrial processes. One ofthe main ingredients of automation is undoubtedly control, which means information beingcollected, processed and delivered back to each actuator.Although the use of wireline-based field area networks is dominant, wireless technology offers arange of incentives in a number of application areas. In industrial automation, for example,wireless device (sensor/actuator) networks can provide the support for mobile operation requiredin the case of mobile robots, monitoring and control of equipment in hazardous and difficult-to-access environments, etc.The benefits of the extensive use of wireless technology in process automation are discussed.Then a comprehensive overview of the commercial-of-the-shelf wireless technologies includingIEEE 802.15.1/Bluetooth, IEEE 802.15.4/ZigBee, and IEEE 802.11 variants are presented andevaluated. The suitability of these technologies for industrial deployment is evaluated, includingaspects such as application scenarios and environments, coexistence of wireless technologies,and implementation of wireless fieldbus services.The most suitable wireless communication system to operate effectively in an industrial/factoryfloor environment in order to have improved channel quality and robust and loss-tolerantapplications is introduced. Moreover the next step towards a unified communication interfaceand the integration methods are presented are discussed.

Shakib, J., & Muqri, M. R. (2011, June), Wireless Technologies in Industrial Automation Systems Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18823

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