Industrial Wireless: From IWLAN, through Wireless IO, right through to LoRaWAN

Industrial Wireless: From IWLAN, through Wireless IO, right through to LoRaWAN

Industrial Wireless enables secure and reliable wireless connections for industrial applications. Depending on requirements, use IWLAN or Bluetooth for real-time communication, NearFi for close-proximity applications, or LoRaWAN and Trusted Wireless for great distances. Our wireless solutions are comprised of access points and clients, as well as suitable antennas and cables.

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The right wireless technology for your application

In practice, various wireless technologies have proven to be suitable for a wide range of applications. Phoenix Contact provides industrial-grade wireless solutions suitable for your applications.

  • WLAN IEEE 802.11: Wireless Ethernet for high-performance and industrial-grade Ethernet networks
  • Bluetooth: Wireless Ethernet and Wireless I/O for transmitting control data in factory automation
  • Trusted Wireless: Wireless I/O and Wireless Serial for signal and data transmission in large systems
  • NearFi: For contactless power and real-time Ethernet data transmission in the near-field range
  • LoRaWAN: Low Power Wide Area Network for energy-efficient data transmission over long distances

NearFi – power and data transmission in the near-field range

NearFi technology was developed by Phoenix Contact for contactless power and data transmission in the near-field range. With protocol-independent and latency-free Ethernet communication, it offers flexible application options for all Ethernet protocols up to 100 Mbps. Power transmission is inductive. Power and data can be transmitted across an air gap of up to 10 mm or through non-metallic materials, such as glass, plastic, and wood.

NearFi thus provides a reliable replacement for wear-prone connections in applications where space restrictions, restricted movements, vibrations, dust, dirt, rotation, and frequent contact can be an issue. It is therefore readily used in maintenance-intensive applications, such as tool changes on robots, as a replacement for slip rings on rotating and rotary tables, in automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs), handling and lightweight robots, or for contactless communication in cleanroom systems.

NearFi base coupler and remote coupler

NearFi couplers for contactless power and data transmission

NearFi couplers – contactless, compact, robust

With NearFi couplers, power (24 V, 2 A) and real-time Ethernet data (100 Mbps, full duplex) can be transmitted across an air gap of up to 10 mm. Two devices are always necessary for transmission: a base coupler and a remote coupler. The couplers do not need to be configured and are as easy to use as a connector.

  • Robust IP65 housing with M12 connections for use in demanding environments
  • High degree of freedom when mounting due to flexible options for connecting from any direction or with rotating parts – including with an offset or at a tangential angle
  • Can be mounted via the mounting flange using M5 screws or via the inside thread with M6 screws
  • Easy commissioning and diagnostics with the integrated alignment aid, all-around visual signaling with high brightness LEDs, and digital output for diagnostics by means of a higher-level control system

IWLAN – Industrial Wireless LAN

Industrial Wireless LAN, or Industrial WLAN or IWLAN for short, allows easy wireless connection in PROFINET, EtherNet/IP™, or Modbus/TCP networks, and is often also called Wireless Ethernet. IWLAN is characterized by the fact that large networks with many devices can be created. A particular advantage here is roaming, where devices can move freely in a large WLAN network and automatically establish their wireless connection to the access point with the best wireless signal.
This makes IWLAN perfect for applications such as automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs) and warehouse shuttles, electric monorail systems, and operating machinery and systems via tablet and smartphone. With PROFIsafe, even safety-related applications can be controlled via wireless. Phoenix Contact provides a variety of IWLAN products for various applications.

WLAN 1100 device

The WLAN 1100 all-in-one solution

WLAN 1100 and WLAN 2100 – the WLAN solution for machine building

WLAN 1100 and WLAN 2100 are inexpensive comprehensive WLAN solutions with integrated antennas and a wireless module in a single device. The wireless module is mounted easily onto machines or automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs) via single-hole mounting.

  • Inexpensive comprehensive solution, as the wireless module and antennas are combined in a single compact device
  • Two integrated special antennas for full reception in industrial environments
  • Fast and space-saving installation with single-hole mounting
  • Extremely robust housing (shock-resistant in accordance with IK08), extended temperature range, and protection class IP66/IP68 ensure a long service life in harsh environments (WLAN 2100 only)
  • Secure against tampering and misuse with support for the latest WLAN security standards
  • Easy to control via PLC using CLI commands, for secure one-time password assignment, for example
  • WLAN mesh for automation networks
WLAN 1010 wireless module with external antenna connections

The compact WLAN 1010 wireless module with external antenna connections

WLAN 1010 and WLAN 2010 – the WLAN solution for compact machine systems

The WLAN 1010 and WLAN 2010 industrial wireless modules provide the familiar functions of the 1000 and 2000 series in compact IP20 housing with external antenna connections. They were developed for applications that demand a high level of flexibility in selecting and positioning the antennas. These include, for example, compact machine systems, warehouse shuttles, and mobile robots.

  • Easy mounting on walls, panels, or DIN rails
  • The best reception, even when space is tight, with the flexible positioning of external antennas
  • High reliability with MIMO wireless technology
  • Robust industrial device design
  • Reliable, fast roaming
  • High security with two virtual access points and IP filters
  • Configuration via web, SNMP, REST API, or CLI
  • WLAN mesh for automation networks
FL EPA in use in the field

The FL EPA for use in the field

WLAN EPA – make devices WLAN-capable quickly and easily

The Ethernet port adapter (EPA) enables WLAN capability in industrial automation devices with Ethernet connection quickly and easily. This comprehensive IP65 solution is installed directly in the field and connected to the automation device via an M12 Ethernet cable.

  • Compact wireless module with integrated antenna
  • Easy to install in the field with IP65 degree of protection and M12 connections for Ethernet and power
  • Set up secure point-to-point networks and small networks quickly and easily with the Mode button (convenient configuration via web browser is also an option)
  • Can be configured automatically and controlled during operation using simple AT commands via a controller

Industrial Bluetooth

Bluetooth is primarily used in cellular communication and computer accessories, but has also become an established communication solution in machine building and systems manufacturing. Bluetooth is extremely resistant to interference in the frequency band and enables reliable operation in parallel with other Bluetooth or WLAN applications. This means that Bluetooth can be used to establish very reliable wireless connections, which are essential for safety communication (PROFIsafe, SafetyBridge, etc.), among other things. Bluetooth is particularly suitable for small, static wireless network applications with a small number of devices (point-to-point application and small networks with up to seven devices). Overall, Bluetooth is ideal for transmitting Ethernet and PROFINET data and I/O signals to moving or rotating machine parts.

Two Ethernet wireless bridge EPAs communicate with each other

EPA – the robust Ethernet wireless bridge

Bluetooth EPA – Ethernet and PROFINET via Bluetooth

The EPA 2 Ethernet port adapter connects your Ethernet-compatible automation modules to the control network wirelessly via Bluetooth, safety included. With EPA 2, a reliable wireless module is combined with an integrated antenna in a compact and robust IP65 industrial housing, which makes it extremely easy to integrate into your application.

  • Transparent integration into industrial Ethernet control networks such as PROFINET
  • Easy configuration with the Mode button
  • Suitable for safety communication, such as PROFIsafe or SafetyBridge
  • Low emission mode for low interference emissions when establishing connections
  • Black channel listing allows the configuration of up to three WLAN channels whose frequency ranges will not be used by the EPA module.
FL BLE 1300

The FL BLE 1300 integrates Bluetooth Low Energy sensors into industrial networks

BLE 1300 – integrate industrial Bluetooth Low Energy sensors

The FL BLE 1300 allows the integration of Bluetooth-Low-Energy-capable sensors into industrial controllers and IoT systems. The acquired operational data and information form the basis for innovative IoT applications which you can use to optimize your production processes.

  • Use as a Bluetooth Low Energy communication interface for data exchange between controller and sensors or for independent simple threshold value comparisons
  • Reliable and long-term operation, even in industrial environments
  • Future-proof integration of almost all Bluetooth Low Energy sensors
  • Individual and tailored integration into your system
Wireless MUX transmits I/O signals

Transmit your I/O signals reliably to hard-to-reach or rotating stations using Wireless MUX

Wireless multiplexers – transmit I/O signals via Bluetooth

Wireless MUX is used in places where you want to transmit I/O signals without using cables. The system transmits 16 digital and 2 analog signals bi-directionally, which means that you can use it to replace a 40-wire signal cable.

  • Easy startup, as no configuration or settings are required
  • High number of channels in a compact housing
  • Fast connection establishment and signal transmission
  • Range of up to 200 m with omnidirectional antennas; up to 400 m with directional antennas with a clear line of sight
  • Current Bluetooth 4.0 technology

Trusted Wireless

Phoenix Contact specifically developed the proprietary Trusted Wireless technology for industrial use. It is particularly suitable for forwarding sensor and actuator information wirelessly as well as transmitting low to medium volumes of data in large systems. With a clear line of sight, distances ranging from several hundred meters up to several kilometers can be covered between two wireless devices.

The technology is used in the Radioline industrial wireless system from Phoenix Contact.

Radioline wireless module

Radioline is the wireless module for large systems

Radioline wireless system for I/O signals and serial data

Radioline is the wireless system for large systems. Special features include extremely easy assignment of inputs and outputs by simply turning the thumbwheel – no programming is necessary. With Trusted Wireless technology, Radioline is the ideal choice for reliable use in industrial environments.

  • High degree of reliability with Trusted Wireless technology
  • Supported frequency bands: 868 MHz, 900 MHz, and 2.4 GHz
  • Range of up to 32 kilometers with adjustable data rate
  • Flexible network configuration: Radioline supports both point-to-point connections and complex mesh networks with up to 250 devices
  • Save on devices: Transmit I/O signals or serial data using a single device with the integrated RS-232/RS-485 interface
  • Can be extended with up to 32 I/O modules with DIN rail bus connector and hot-swap capability
Radioline outdoor box

Switchgear and controlgear assembly for outdoor installation

The Radioline outdoor box can be installed outdoors for quick and easy wireless transmission of I/O signals or serial data. Select the wireless modules (either 868, 900, or 2400 MHz) and the type and number of I/O extension modules required directly when ordering.

  • Ideal for outdoor installation with the robust, splash-proof, and UV-resistant IP66 housing designed for temperatures ranging from -25 to +55°C
  • Completely pre-wired control box with integrated power supply unit, surge protection, selected wireless module, and I/O extension modules for intuitive startup and easy configuration

LoRaWAN

LoRaWAN is a Low Power Wide Area Network specification (LPWAN) for wireless battery-powered systems in a wireless network in accordance with IEEE 802.15.4. The network enables seamless data exchange between end devices (nodes), sensors, gateways, and the IT infrastructure via a uniform transmission protocol. As the first open standard, LoRaWAN takes into account the requirements of IoT applications.

  • Bidirectional, encrypted communication
  • Use of the public ISM band (in Europe: 868 MHz)
  • Low energy consumption from 100 nA to 10 mA in stand-by mode
  • Very high receiving sensitivity up to -140 dBm at a transmission power of 20 dBm
  • Range of up to several kilometers possible
LoRaWAN gateway

Gateway for setting up and extending a LoRaWAN network

LoRaWAN gateway – the basis for location-independent communication in the LoRaWAN network

Our open LoRaWAN gateway is available for setting up or extending your private LoRaWAN network. The gateway operates with an internal 4G / LTE modem, but can also be connected to the Internet via Ethernet. Based on a standardized stack, the LoRaWAN gateway acts as a transparent media converter between the LoRaWAN server and the end device. The information from several hundred to thousands of devices is transmitted by the gateway, depending on the load in the wireless network.

  • For setting up and extending a LoRaWAN network
  • Freely configurable for access to LoRaWAN servers
  • Protected data with encrypted and secure transmission
  • Power supply via Ethernet PoE+
  • Internal 4G / LTE modem
  • Outdoor-capable with high IP67 degree of protection
LoRaWAN control devices

LoRaWAN control devices for intelligent lighting management

LoRaWAN control devices – intelligent and wireless networking of lights

Phoenix Contact provides LoRaWAN control devices (LCU) for managing and controlling lights and LED drivers. The portfolio ranges from devices with fittings for easy connection to Zhaga and NEMA lamp sockets all the way to universal control devices that you can use to integrate your existing lighting into a LoRaWAN network. The built-in devices for the classic lighting control cabinet can replace the timer switch or the ripple control device, and therefore control entire streets.
The portfolio features the option to control state-of-the-art LED drivers using the common DALI communication protocol. This enables you to use the control devices on a large number of LED drivers, regardless of their manufacturer.

  • Improve energy efficiency with needs-oriented lighting
  • Keep lighting points in view always with remote configuration and diagnostics
  • Bidirectional, encrypted communication to the light
  • Compatible with conventional interface standards such as ZHAGA and NEMA
  • Simple extension of the control technology allows retrofits in existing lighting infrastructures
Networked street lighting in a city

LoRaWAN-based street lighting solution

Design future-proof lighting infrastructure

Would you like to integrate individual lighting points into a LoRaWAN network and combine them with other smart city applications? Use our LoRaWAN components to integrate the lights into an intelligent light management system.

We will join forces with you to design a future-proof solution tailored to your application, based on open interfaces and IoT systems.

Omnidirectional and directional antennas

Always ready to receive with the right antenna technology

Antennas and accessories

Ready to receive at all times: Phoenix Contact provides a wide range of omnidirectional antennas for mobile applications and directional antennas for bridging large distances. Leaky wave cables are also available for wireless devices that move along a defined path, such as electric monorail systems. Suitable cabling technology and mounting accessories, such as cables, surge protection, and connectors, complete the portfolio.

The antenna system used greatly influences the performance of a wireless system. You can read about what you need to be aware of during selection and installation in our Flyer: 10 antenna rules.

Employees during the planning of wireless networks

We will be happy to provide you with support in planning high-performance, failsafe wireless systems

Professional planning of wireless networks

Good planning is an important prerequisite for a reliable and high-performance wireless network. We provide you with support during the planning, configuration, and startup of your wireless network, and also with maintenance and support in the event of an error. Do you or your staff want to gain a better insight into wireless technology? We provide instruction and practical training that are tailored to your needs.

For professional wireless coverage

To simplify the planning of wireless networks based on the Radioline wireless system, Phoenix Contact offers free simulation of wireless networks with up to ten stations. Give us the coordinates of the stations to be networked, and we will check the feasibility using our wireless network planning software or by performing wireless path tests on site. A simulation is used to determine whether a wireless connection will work or needs to be tested. The simulation takes altitude data, radio performance, and surface properties into account. You will receive a detailed test report and parts list containing all the necessary components.