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Chief Executive Officer
Chairperson of Standards Committee
ICS , Inc.
Process Automation Hall of Fame
International Society of Arboriculture
Chairman, SP50 Committee
Chairman of the Standards Committees
The ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute
Chairperson ISA100.8 and ISA100.12
Autech Data Systems
IEC Fieldbus Standards
Chairman of Committees
Acton , MA
master of business administration degree
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 standards subcommittees. "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 and WirelessHART 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 asserts. "At the same time, they both have differences." ISA100 Wireless, he 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. WirelessHART 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." WIA-PA, Caro 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. He 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. Caro 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 concludes. 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 Associates, Caro develops market and product strategy for industrial automation companies. He 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.
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Introduction : Dick Caro, CMC Associates, Chairman of ISA SP50 and formerly of IEC Fieldbus Standards Committees.
Industry leader joins A.R.C.- Dick Caro, Chairman of the Fieldbus Standards Committees, has recently joined Automation Research Corporation (ARC) as Vice President.
Dick has been chairman of both the ISA SP50 and the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) SC65C/WG6 Fieldbus committees since 1993. He has led the committee to completion of the operational portions of the Fieldbus standard which are now American National Standards. He still leads the efforts to pass the remaining portion of the standard internationally in the IEC where contention remains over the Data Link Layer.
The book is authored by recognized automation expert and ISA Life Fellow Dick Caro.
Dick Caro is the founder and principal of CMC Associates, a consulting and professional services company. He was previously a Vice President at ARC Advisory Group where he led the market research and consulting efforts in data communications and system architecture for automation systems. Caro has been an industry leader in the rapid movement from proprietary networks to Ethernet and Internet protocols, and now into wireless communications. He possesses extensive process automation experience in the chemical, steel, aluminum, petroleum refining, petrochemical, cement, and pulp & paper industries, as well as experience in the automation of warehousing, material handling systems, shipping and receiving systems, discrete parts manufacturing, electronics manufacturing, and freight handling. Current areas of his work involve the industrialization of Ethernet and the future adoption of wireless in automation applications. Caro is a founding member of the ISA 100 standards committee establishing wireless standards for industrial automation. He has been very vocal in the advancement of highly distributed automation systems to the field. Caro has been deeply involved in the evolution of data communication technology. He was a member of the Arthur D. Little team preparing the DOCSIS specification for cable modem service. He is one of the patent holders in the detection of commercials on broadcast television and the development of Commercial Free technology for video tape recorders for which he led the development of a prototype. Current interests are focused on solving the "last mile" problem for economic delivery of broadband data services to business and residential users. Caro is currently the Chairman of the Fieldbus Standards Committee ISA SP50 and was formerly the Chairman of IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) SC65C/WG6 Fieldbus committee. He has led these committees to completion of the Fieldbus standards that are now American National Standards and IEC standards Caro is a widely published author, educator, and speaker in the industrial automation field. He holds a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering, a master of science degree in chemical and system engineering, and a master of business administration degree. Caro is a Life Fellow of ISA, and is an ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP). He is recognized as one of the 50 most influential industry innovators by ISA. In addition, Caro is a member of the Process Automation Hall of Fame, and is listed in Who's Who in America. Connect with Dick: