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Smart wireless field starter kit for plant improvement

May 25, 2009
Austin, TX - Emerson Process Management has added discrete switches as well as vibration and pH transmitters to the range of components available in its Smart Wireless field starter kit. Currently deployed in hundreds of installations across industries and world regions, the kit enables users to choose from a wide range of functions, to realize operations improvement, while experiencing wireless technology as a basis for future innovation and advantages. Complete use of standard WirelessHARTT technology further enhances user flexibility.
"This kit makes it very simple and low risk to try Smart Wireless," said Bob Karschnia, vice president of wireless technology at Emerson. "Companies who've never used this technology before can quickly and easily begin to reap the same benefits gained by their peers who are already using Smart Wireless."

Orderable online (, the kit establishes an out-of-the-box secure WirelessHART self-organizing network that delivers greater than 99 percent communications reliability in the steel and concrete environment of plants. The network organizes around obstacles whether permanent as with steel girders, or mobile as with moving rail cars or vehicles.

The Smart Wireless starter kit includes:

  • Any combination of five or more wireless pressure, temperature, DP level, DP flow, vibration, or pH transmitters and discrete switches
  • A secure, robust Smart Wireless Gateway
  • AMS Suite predictive maintenance software which delivers powerful diagnostic information from the wireless devices
  • Wireless SNAP-ON for AMS Suite; making wireless field network design easy and flawless
  • Smart Start Services which include a full network health assessment to ensure robust communications plus verification of device functionality and output to the user's Modbus, OPC, Ethernet or other communications system.

No site surveys, no front end engineering design, or special tools are required to implement a wireless network using the kit, and everything can be installed and commissioned within minutes. Users can easily add additional devices to the self-organizing mesh network, which is infinitely configurable.

Hundreds of Emerson customers across all industries have implemented Smart Wireless, which allows them to touch plant areas that had previously been financially or physically impossible to reach with conventional, hard-wired devices. Wireless helps them collect new predictive intelligence data to protect assets, improve process monitoring and control, and boost health, safety and environmental compliance.

Proven ideal Smart Wireless applications include monitoring the vibration of critical rotating equipment, collecting trend data on asset performance, monitoring bearing and lube temperatures, finding cold spots in steam lines, preventing spills, and monitoring emissions, safety showers, and pressure relief valves.

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