Food Engineering

ISA100 group seeks papers and presentations

April 3, 2009

Wireless can link sensors with automation systems

The ISA100 Factory Automation Working Group (WG16) is seeking presentations and papers for new wireless technology and system architecture for the link between sensors/actuators and automation systems. While wired links between conventional sensors and actuators can often be used, many repetitive motion applications such as machine tools and robotics make wire replacement a major source of work flow interruption and high maintenance cost. WG16 is studying the feasibilities of replacing wiring with fast, low-cost wireless connections.

Topics can include:

  • Wireless sensing and/or actuating, possibly involving multiple hops
  • Low latency in the range of 2-50 milliseconds
  • Low power vs. line power trade-offs
  • Security comparable to ISA100.11a
  • Leverage of existing technologies including hardware (chip sets) and software (communication protocols)  

Proposals must be submitted by April 28, 2009. Accepted proposals must be presented at an ISA100.16 meeting or teleconference.

For more information, contact Linda Wolffe at lwolffe@isa.org, 919-990-9257.