is composed of industrial
wireless access points, called
multinodes, that self-dis-cover to create a redundant,
self-healing mesh network
supporting Wi-Fi devices
and industrial I/O devices
simultaneously. The wireless
Shire to mount controllers on
moveable equipment without having to worry about
cabling issues, which helped
increase its production flexibility, safety and efficiency.
Shire initially opted for
wireless stations because it
was a less costly alternative
to the more traditional, hardened wash-down
enclosures. In this case, however, wireless
stations also helped reduce the number of
stations required for ongoing plant operation.
A manufacturing area containing eight oper-
ating units overseen by two operators would
typically include a hardened station at each
piece of equipment, which would result in
eight large stations. Using wireless technology,
Shire reduced this to two stations — saving
computer and enclosure costs, software licens-
ing fees, and the frequently overlooked annual
operating expenses for a business computer.
This can be three to five times the hardware
cost of the computer.
Shire not only saved money over more
Wireless technology reduces maintenance costs through better equipment
monitoring and notifications.
traditional wired options for its new manufacturing plant, but more importantly, it saved
precious implementation time by enabling
key personnel to travel anywhere in the plant
and still have access to secure, real-time data.
Operators can move from one location to another with their mobile station while maintaining an overview of the process. This enables
them to make fast, reliable decisions that help
get products into the hands of consumers.
New technology plays an increasingly important role in the pharmaceutical industry.
Many manufacturers are now achieving significant advantages by installing industrial wireless networks. This advanced solution enables
personnel to travel anywhere in the facility
with the mobility of wireless versus hardwired fixed clients, and reduces maintenance
compared to wired alternatives. Production
operations also benefit from cost savings due
to fewer personnel required to commission
wiring and start-up, as well as increased flexibility allowing the plant to change direction
quickly and easily. ■