GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms, a unit of GE Enterprise Solutions has introduced its new TranSphere wireless communications products for automation needs.
This offering includes extended range IP networking, wireless IP/Ethernet connectivity and Ethernet and serial communications radio modem solutions.
GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms is also introducing the TranSphere wireless remote I/O for analogue and discrete I/O signals.
Wireless communication is a major trend that is gathering strength in the automation arena.
Data that previously had to be passed over kilometres and kilometres of wires that were in the factory can now be passed in real time wirelessly. This reduces the cost of wires, the cost of termination devices and the labour associated with all of the wiring.
The TranSphere wireless solution reduces wiring and termination costs between devices, machines and controllers. It also reduces integration, configuration and support costs found with multi-box solutions.
In addition, it provides users with the freedom to align with their unique distance and I/O requirements.
TranSphere is also ideal for applications outside the factory such as tank farms, remote pumping stations, treatment plants and other applications where connecting via wire is not practical or cost effective.
The devices support multiple users connecting to multiple applications via multiple protocols on the same unit or the same network and provide for wireless operation with multiple layers of protection including 128-bit data encryption, two-way authentication and dynamic key rotation.
TranSphere is a global product that supports both 2.4GHz and 900MHz frequencies.
The TranSphere wireless solution provides long range industrial product in its class. It is resilient, built to increase the availability of mission-critical point-to-multi-point networks.
And, it adheres to open standards, allowing it to interface with a wide range of external devices enabling both new and old technologies to communicate.