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Where Have All the Wires Gone? Why WirelessHART Technology Could Be Responsible

Posted by Andy LaMar on Thu, Dec 05, 2013

They are vanishing at alarming rates, and often times it goes unnoticed. They are disappearing everywhere, from phones and computers to vacuum cleaners and speakers. They are wires and they are on the verge of extinction!

WirelessHART technologyAnd for good reason! With advancements in technology over the past few decades, wireless products now have the capabilities and other benefits that their counterparts couldn’t offer.  

In the Process Automation industry, when you hear the word ‘wireless’ it’s often followed by HART. This is because companies are quickly realizing the benefits of WirelessHART technology out in the field. So why are companies moving toward wireless solutions? WirelessHART, which is backed by the HART protocol (the standard protocol for intelligent process instrumentation), offers reliable, secure diagnostics information while also being more flexible and cost effective than a wired HART solution.

To break this down, let’s highlight some of the key benefits of Pepperl+Fuchs’ WirelessHART solution in comparison to a wired HART solution:

Zero field cable

Zero field cable makes WirelessHART the ideal solution for remote applications and hard-to-reach areas where running a cable is often out of the question. It also means instant mobility, and there are no wired connections that can be time consuming, or costly to uninstall.

250 measuring points & plant coverage

With 250 measuring points per gateway, you are now able to optimize and build a mesh network that's stronger than ever before. This mesh network is capable of covering up to 160,000 meters square, allowing you to cover some of the largest plant areas out in the field.

That’s not all…

The Pepperl+Fuchs gateway communicates 400 signals per second, has a rugged outdoor enclosure, Div. 2 approvals, and the ability to connect a remote antenna.  

Now that we have covered some of the benefits of a WirelessHART solution, it’s clear to see why wires are becoming a thing of the past. So we encourage you to embrace new technologies such as our  wireless solutions, which will help you stay ahead of the field. 



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