October 2007

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Optimizing wireless systems in hydrocarbon processing plants

Here's how to manage the many disparate technologies

McPherson, I., Apprion

Industrial manufacturers in the petroleum, chemical and energy sectors are deploying a diverse range of new wireless technology solutions to enhance controls, processes, efficiencies and security in their plants. Examples abound of how wireless and interlinked sensor technologies help to automate these processes: Process measurements can be taken from wireless transmitters. Wireless video cameras can be used for perimeter security. Radio frequency identification (RFID) can be used for in-plant inventory or asset tracking. Sensors can be used for real-time monitoring of equipment deterioration. Wireless networks can enable engineers and technicians t

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