Wireless technologies for the factory floor

WiFi, Bluetooth, Cellular, Zigbee — What are the differences and benefits of the different technologies? Read more and download our Whitepaper.

Wireless communication in industrial applications

 

Wireless communication in tough and demanding applications is nothing new. Wireless has been around for more than 40 years using proprietary radios.

However, with the modernization of industrial networks and the emergence of different Ethernet protocols and the Industrial Internet of Things, there has been an increasing demand for standardized wireless technologies. 

It has also become more and more accepted on factory floors and in the last few years, standards like Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11), Bluetooth technology (IEEE 802.15.1), and Zigbee have become the dominant wireless technologies.

HMS works with most wireless technlogies in our offering for industrial communication and IIoT.

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Product Manager Martin Falkman introduces the Anybus Wireless offering and explains what you can do with it.

Why wireless? 

There are many reasons to go wireless. Some of them include:

  • Enabling mobility and freedom of movement
  • Bypassing long distances and applications where cables are an issue
  • Eliminating expensive and maintenance-heavy cabling
  • Fast and easy installing and commissioning
  • High flexibility when modifying an installation
  • Increasing personal safety in hazardous or sealed-off areas (for instance, when needing to climb a crane) by offering a control possibility from a further distance than can be the case with a cable
  • Easy integrating of devices into a network
  • Offering flexible Human Interface Devices (HID)

See what HMS offers within Anybus Wireless

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Video case study: Wireless technology makes life easier in bakery

How Austrian machine builder Softtec got rid of cables and cut down costs when building an automation system at a bakery in Sweden.

Read the full story here