Wireless in Automation

Wireless communication is increasingly being employed in industrial automation applications.  Extensive research and development over many years has led to the improvement and optimization of current available tools and technologies.  These advancements have empowered staff and personnel lacking extensive background and knowledge of wireless technologies to reap their benefits.  With new advancements, better and more extensive accounting has become a possibility.  This has enabled more directed network diagnosis and failure analysis and lead to improvements in automations processes.   Wireless technologies inherently have constraints and it is the focus with “Wireless in Automation” to minimize possible constraints for forward-looking automation applications.

Visit to the Chinese institute ITEI

On 02.11.2017 Sarah Willmann from ifak visited the Chinese institute ITEI (Instrumentation Technology & Economy Institute). The aim of the meeting was to exchange information about current standardization activities and future cooperation.

ReICOvAir - Reliable Industrial Communication Over the Air

To enable the industry in the context of advanced manufacturing and processing (Industry 4.0), i.e. Industrial Internet of Things, confidence in and reliability of the wireless connections must be given to use wireless communication instead of traditional wired connections for controlling and monitoring. This requires proofing the suitability of a wireless communication system for a given application with a standardized validation/rating system.

KoMe - Cognitive medium control algoritms for industrial wireless applications

The objective of the research project is to investigate a central, superior coexistence management and cognitive medium control algorithms for industrial communication networks. Especially challenges of future concepts of advanced production will be considered.
 

HiFlecs - High-performance, reliable wireless technologies and their system integration into prospective industrial closed-loop automation applications

The project objective is the development of innovative wireless technologies for industrial wireless communication systems. These technologies shall be the foundation for new functionalities and characteristics required by future concepts of production processes labeled with Industry 4.0. This includes ultra-low latency, high reliability and secure wireless communications. e.g. for real-time closed-loop applications.

BZKI - Coordinating research project of the Federal German Ministry of Education and Research within the funding program „ICT 2020 – Research for Innovations“

The intention of the coordinating research project BZKI is to deal with superior questions of reliable wireless communication in industry. In this process, the different research projects of the program will be analysed and coordinated in the general context of the funding program.

VAN – Virtual Automation Networks

Applying IT technologies up to the usage of public networks as the Internet for the communication of automation components requires the establishment of a respective open communication and integration architecture, which copes with the specific automation tasks, demands, security and safety requirements, and concurrently considers the changed basis from previously homogeneous automation islands to hete­rogeneous networks. This topic was tackled in co-operation with key players of the European automation industry within the integrated project (IP) Virtual Automation Networks (VAN) – funded by the European Commission.

ZESAN - Reliable, energy-efficient wireless sensor/actor networks for building automation, supervision and process control

The cooperative project built solutions for big energy-autarkic multi-hop wireless sensor/actor networks. The main focus was on a long battery life of the network nodes and the data communication to be reliable with low bit error rates.

Study on potentials of Software Defined Radio and Cognitive Radio for industrial automation applications

The variety of applications for wireless automation requires different and specifically optimised wireless solutions. This variety calls for different commissioning and diagnosis tools and therefore causes additional effort for training of service personal. A unique hardware platform with a unique user interface that can be easily adopted by software would be a perfect solution. T

WiControl - Wireless solutions in time and error-tolerant closed-loops (WiControl)

This project aimed to broaden the scope of wireless technologies. As a result, a new method for the controller design was demonstrated, taking into account the time and failure behaviour of industrial wireless solutions in the controlled system.

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