Wireless I/O Adapter offers distributed I/O communication.
February 5, 2010 -
Combining Rockwell Automation's I/O with ProSoft's Integrated Wireless Architecture(TM) technology and support, ILX34-AENWG Wireless POINT I/O Adapter offers wireless alternative for linking Rockwell Automation® controllers to distributed process I/O modules. Device can be used in networks with RadioLinx® Industrial Hotspots or third party 802.11g access points to provide high-speed, low latency 802.11g client communication over widely spaced plant areas.
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ProSoft Technology Inc.
9801 Camino Media, Suite 105
Bakersfield, CA, 93311
Wireless POINT I/O Adapter
ProSoft Technology® is pleased to announce the release of the Wireless POINT I/O Adapter (ILX34-AENWG), a high-speed, standards-based 802.11g wireless I/O communication adapter offering a convenient wireless alternative for linking Rockwell Automation® controllers to distributed process I/O modules. Combining Rockwell Automation's field proven I/O with ProSoft Technology's Integrated Wireless Architecture(TM) technology and support, the Wireless POINT I/O Adapter provides users an optimum distributed I/O communication solution.
The Wireless POINT I/O Adapter Add-On Profile (AOP) utilizes the familiar RSLogix(TM) 5000 programming environment and connection-based EtherNet/IP(TM) protocol to simplify configuring and communicating with POINT I/O racks scattered throughout the process facility. The compact size of POINT I/O systems, when coupled with the Wireless POINT I/O Adapter, make them ideal for collecting data from and controlling moving systems like robots, automated carts, overhead cranes, earthmovers, as well as fixed-position racks in hard-to-reach areas of the process plant.
ARC Advisory Group's Harry Forbes notes that "the ability to wirelessly connect POINT I/O modules adds new degrees of freedom for system and application designers because it enables them to design high-performance, scalable and low-latency systems in cases where wired I/O would be problematic. This is a valuable and important capability."
The Wireless POINT I/O Adapter can be used in networks with RadioLinx® Industrial Hotspots or third party 802.11g access points to provide high-speed, low latency 802.11g client communication over widely spaced plant areas. This ability to work with existing standards-based wireless technology protects and leverages the end-users' investment. For security, the Wireless POINT I/O employs 802.11i WPA2 with AES Encryption.
The Wireless POINT I/O Adapter provides users with the flexibility and scalability (up to 63 modules) offered by the many standard Rockwell Automation® POINT I/O modules including analog Input/Output (I/O), digital I/O, POINT Guard I/O(TM), DeviceLogix(TM), relays, RTD, and counters. It employs 802.11i WPA2 with AES Encryption for security.
The Wireless POINT I/O Adapter benefits users who require a non-tethered link to distributed I/O in applications with moving or remote equipment, or where it would be difficult or costly to wire devices or control panels. Applications include:
o Oil and Gas: tank farms
o Material Handling: cranes, stackers/reclaimers
o Food and Beverage: rotating filling, spooling, molding machines
o Robotics / multi-axis machining
o Remote monitoring
o Condition monitoring
o and other remote/moving distributed I/O applications
All ProSoft Technology products come with a three year warranty and unlimited technical support.