Wednesday 6 January 2010

Communication Demo

Petronas Instrument Forum sees wireless demonstration

The HART® Communication Foundation demonstrated WirelessHART™ technology, the first interoperable wireless communication standard for the process industries, during the recent Instrument Forum organized by Petronas, Malaysia’s national petroleum company. The Forum provides a platform for the Petronas Instrumentation & Control fraternity to share best practices, lessons learned and technology applications within the group.

Industry specialists from HART Communication Foundation member companies, ABB, Emerson Process Management, Endress+Hauser, Pepperl+Fuchs, and Siemens, participated in the HART booth at the Forum. These manufacturers provided the gateways and devices used in live demonstrations of the WirelessHART standard that included process monitoring, device configuration, calibration and diagnostics, and secure commissioning.

Visitors to the stand learned about WirelessHART application solutions and how the technology can help lower operating costs, reduce downtime and move to a predictive maintenance strategy. Visitors saw firsthand the WirelessHART features that provide reliable communications in challenging industrial environments including coexistence with other wireless networks, self-organizing and self-healing mesh network, and the ability to add devices point-by-point.

Demonstrations showed how process variables from different types of WirelessHART devices from a variety of vendors are integrated in the same system using the same standard commands as for wired HART devices. Visitors learned how this technology provides a simple, reliable, cost-effective and secure way to deploy new points of measurement and control enabling users to quickly and easily gain the benefits of wireless technology while maintaining compatibility with existing HART devices, tools and systems.

HART Communication is the leading technology for smart process instruments with more than 30 million devices installed worldwide. WirelessHART technology is backward compatible with currently installed HART devices, is supported by existing HART tools, training and personnel, providing additional capabilities and ways to access asset management information in both existing and new monitoring and control applications.

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