Smart Wireless field starter kit gains additional input devices

Paul Boughton
Emerson Process Management is adding discrete switches, vibration and pH transmitters, to the already wide range of components available in its Smart Wireless field starter kit. Currently deployed in hundreds of installations across diverse industries and geographical regions, the kit enables users to choose from a wide range of functions to realise fast and easy operations improvement, while experiencing wireless technology as a basis for future innovation and advantages. Use of standard Wireless Hart technology further enhances user flexibility.

Bob Karschnia, vice president of wireless technology at Emerson, comments: "This kit makes it very simple and low-risk to try Smart Wireless. Companies that have never used this technology can quickly and easily begin to reap the same benefits gained by their peers who are already using Smart Wireless."

Available for ordering online, the kit establishes an out-of-the-box secure Wireless Hart self-organising network that delivers greater than 99 per cent communications reliability in typical steel and concrete plant environments. The network organises itself around obstacles, whether permanent - such as steel girders - or mobile - for example, moving rail wagons or vehicles.

The Smart Wireless starter kit includes any combination of five or more wireless pressure, temperature, DP level, DP flow, vibration, or pH transmitters and discrete switches, together with a secure, robust Smart Wireless Gateway. Also included are AMS Suite predictive maintenance software, which delivers powerful diagnostic information from the wireless devices, and the Wireless Snap-On for AMS Suite that is said to make wireless field network design easy and flawless. Smartstart Services include a full network health assessment to ensure robust communications, plus verification of device functionality and output to the user's Modbus, OPC, Ethernet or other communications system.

No site surveys, no front-end engineering design or special tools are required to implement a wireless network using the kit, and everything can be installed and commissioned within minutes. Users can easily add additional devices to the self-organising mesh network, which is infinitely configurable.

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