• Industrial Wireless Systems (IC85C)


    Length: 1 day
    CEU Credits: 0.7
    Course Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Certification of Completion: A Certificate of Completion indicating the total number of CEUs earned will be provided upon successful completion of the course.


    "Presented a comprehensive overview of the details of wireless technology. Good balance of details & highlights." 
    - Richard Zimmerman, Technical Director

    Wireless systems and wireless technologies have advanced to the point where stable, robust, and secure networks are ready for deployment in industrial settings. As such, professionals crossing many disciplines (e.g., process, automation, IT, controls) come face-to-face with understanding the implications and opportunities that such wireless networks may provide to them and their plant. This course will cover the most relevant details associated with industrial wireless systems with an emphasis towards how the various technological choices coexist, interoperate, and interact with each other. Numerous examples of real-world deployments are covered for facilities such as supervisory control and acquisition (SCADA) systems, petrochemical plants, electrical power generation, and transmission systems. The operational differences posed to the wireless system's performance by discrete manufacturing needs, monitoring of devices, and even control systems are addressed. Considerable emphasis is placed specifically on ISA100 (the standard for industrial wireless) including deep dives into some of the standard's most pertinent details. Comparison of ISA100 with other protocols and specifications (e.g., Industrial Bluetooth, ZigBee, Wireless HART) are provided.

    You will be able to:

    • Describe today's wireless offerings for industrial automation
    • Identify the security needs of the IT department
    • Explain how wireless applications utilizing different wireless technologies may interplay at your plant
    • Identify if a combination of schemes is needed in your plant
    • Identify secure methods for linking multiple plants together
    • Apply wireless technology to solve real industrial applications
    • Identify and solve problems in industrial automation applications
    • Examine how return on investment can accurately guide you in prioritizing wireless applications that different plant departments are requesting
    • Answer the question: "Can I remove the wires from my automation system?"
    • Conduct an accurate assessment of wireless systems robustness with a sample application and technology selection
    • Examine the marketplace for relevant wireless technologies and make an informed selection for a particular application

    You will cover:

    • An Initial Examination of Numerous Wireless Applications
    • Communication Fundamentals: Legal Frequencies | Definition | Network Topologies | PassBand | Multiplexing Techniques | Packet Switching vs. Circuit Switching | Layered Communications | Physical Communication Channels | Protocols and Data Rate | Spread Spectrum | Frequency Hopping | Direct Sequence | Direct-Sequence Spread-Spectrum Signals
    • Numbers and Letters: 802.11a-z | 802.15.1 (Bluetooth) | 802.15.3 (UWB) | 80215.4 (ISA100, WiHART, ZigBee, Proprietary) | 802.16 (WiMAX) | 1451 (Sensor-centric) | Cellular Technologies (GSM, EVDO, GPRS)
    • ISA100: Key Features | Overview | Specifications | System Design | Security | Network Management
    • Network Designs and Topologies: Digital Telephony | Internet | Wireless Telephony | Application to Automation | Wireless to Sensors and Actuators
    • Advanced Concepts: Narrowband vs. Wideband Comm Signals | TDMA vs. FDMA Operation | Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) | Bit Rate and Coding vs. Quality of Service | Multipath Interference | Antenna Overview

    Includes ISA Standard:

    • ANSI/ISA-100.11a-2011: Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation - Process Control and Related Applications

    If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

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    pre-instructional survey  is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you'll be able to answer after completing the course.