Industrial processes are monitored and controlled. Classic examples include steel making, oil refining, chemical processing, mining and car manufacturing. Often the process may be spread over a large area and will contain many smaller processes within. Additionally, other site parameters not directly a part of the process (e.g. energy usage) may be monitored.
When the laying of cables is not feasible or too costly then a wireless solution of telemetry and telecommand can be implemented. The amount of data required is often small (e.g. a series of “on/off’s”) and this can be fully exploited by low data rate, high performance narrow-band RF modules which may be incorporated directly into an RTU product and used to communicate data within a SCADA system.
Robots may incorporate RF modules for control and communication. Strain gauge data in a hazardous situation may be communicated easily; construction industries can benefit from using RF communications in heavy lifting control (e.g. tipper truck) and in crane safety systems. The list of possible applications for our modules in industrial data and construction control products is endless!