Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation, Fourth Edition by Dick Caro, ISA Life Fellow and industrial automation consultant at CMC Associates, provides a clear, unbiased view of the emerging wireless communications market, and closely examines the latest advances in wireless technologies for process control, such as ISA100 Wireless (ANSI/ISA-100.11a), WirelessHART, WIA-PA and WiFi, including IEEE 802.11n and 802.11ac.
"A lot has changed in the marketplace since the third edition of my book was published," notes Caro
, a widely recognized expert in industrial networking and current chair of two ISA100 Wireless
"At that time, ISA100 Wireless
was just being developed and WirelessHART
had just been announced.
This new edition covers their transition to well-established, proven standards, and provides guidance to those seeking a comparison of the two."
Since both ISA100 Wireless
have well-documented field experience and installation success, Caro
says that both can be utilized without trepidation of any kind.
"Today, both are absolutely reliable, secure and simple to install, and since their batteries seem to last forever, fears of battery replacement have disappeared," he
"At the same time, they both have differences."
explains, is particularly valuable to "those forward-thinking process control users who can visualize a control system architecture that includes plant-wide wireless control networks.
has been important to some users who have urgent needs for measurements or status detection in areas that have been too costly or unable to connect wired instruments or sensors."
indicates, was developed at a Chinese university and it is not known if there are any commercial applications within China, and, to date, none have been offered for export.
says that IEEE
802.11, on the other hand, has been in active development for many years, and is widely installed in many manufacturing locations where wired or fiber optic Ethernet may have been used.
says some vendors of wireless process control systems, instruments and network devices tend to "over market" their products, making claims for features that are not incorporated or sometimes not even planned for the future.
"I hope that this updated edition can help users make intelligent decisions that will enable them to plan future process control networks and control system architectures in which wireless is certain to play a major role," he
For more information or to purchase a copy of this valuable resource, visit http://www.isa.org/PR13/Books/WirelessNetworks.
More about Dick Caro
As CEO of CMC
develops market and product strategy for industrial automation companies.
is a highly renowned and experienced expert in automation systems design, time-critical data networks, control systems and complex software systems.
In addition to his
consultancy work, Caro
writes books and conducts training classes in the areas of industrial networking.
During his career, he has served in numerous executive-level positions at various leading companies, including ARC Advisory Group, Arthur D. Little, and The Foxboro Company (now part of Invensys).
He was elected into the Control Magazine Hall of Fame in 2005; elected Life Fellow of ISA in 2001; and elected Fellow of the Industrial Computing Society in 1996.
In 2005, he
gained Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) certification.
He was the founder and president of the Florida Gold Coast Chapter of ISA, and he received the ISA Standards Award in 1981, 1997 and 2000.