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

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

Industrial Wireless enables secure and reliable wireless connections for industrial applications. Depending on requirements, use IWLAN or Bluetooth for real-time communication, WirelessHART for the process industry, or Trusted Wireless 2.0 for large distances. Our wireless solutions comprise access points and clients, as well as suitable antennas and cables.

The ideal wireless technology for your application

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

  • WLAN IEEE 802.11: Wireless Ethernet – for high-performance 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-scale systems
  • WirelessHART: Wireless Serial – for signal transmission in the process industry with proven HART communication

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 geographically large networks can be constructed with several devices. One particular asset they have is roaming, thanks to which freely mobile devices in a large WLAN network can make their wireless connection automatically to the access point with the best wireless signal.
This makes IWLAN perfect for applications such as driverless transport systems 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 different IWLAN products for different applications.

WLAN 5110 installed in a control cabinet

WLAN 5110 installed in a control cabinet

WLAN 5110 – The flexible WLAN solution for control cabinets

WLAN 5110 is a powerful WLAN 802.11n access point and client for establishing large-area WLAN networks over longer distances. External antenna connections allow the flexible use of antennas suitable for the respective application (such as directional antennas for large ranges, omnidirectional antennas for covering large areas, or leakage-cable antennas for track-guided electric monorail systems).

  • Compact design – suitable for control boxes in the field
  • Increased range and reliable wireless communication with IEEE 802.11n standard and MIMO technology
  • Cluster management technology for the central configuration of all access points in a WLAN-infrastructure network through just one web interface
  • Supports the latest WLAN security mechanisms, including hardware-based AES encryption
  • Comprehensive user-friendly functions simplify commissioning and maintenance
WLAN solution for machine building

The WLAN 1100 all-in-one solution

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

WLAN 1100 and WLAN 2100 are the cost-effective WLAN turnkey solutions with integrated antennas and wireless module in a single device. The wireless module mounts easily on machines and automated guided vehicle systems (AGVs) via single-hole mounting.

– Inexpensive complete solution, thanks to wireless module and antennas combined in a single compact device
– Two integrated special antennas for full reception in industrial environments
– Fast and space-saving installation, thanks to single-hole mounting
– Extremely robust housing (shock-resistant in accordance with IK08), extended temperature range, and protection class IP66/68 ensure a long service life in harsh environments (WLAN 2100 only)
– Secure against tampering and misuse, thanks to support for the latest WLAN security standards
– Easy to control via PLC – using CLI commands, such as for secure one-time password assignment

The FL EPA at work in the field

The FL EPA at work in the field

WLAN EPA – Allowing devices to be WLAN-capable quickly and easily

The Ethernet port adapter (EPA) enables WLAN capability in industrial automation devices with Ethernet connection quickly and easily. This IP65 turnkey 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, thanks to 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 known primarily from the fields of mobile communication and computer accessories, but has also become established as a communication option in the field of machine building and systems manufacturing. Bluetooth is extremely robust against disruptions 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 others. 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 exceptionally well suited for transferring Ethernet and PROFINET data and I/O signals to mobile or rotating machine parts.

Robust EPA Ethernet wireless bridge

The robust EPA Ethernet wireless bridge

Bluetooth EPA – Ethernet and PROFINET via Bluetooth

The BT EPA Ethernet port adapter connects your Ethernet-compatible automation modules to the control network wirelessly via Bluetooth – safety included. With the BT EPA, 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 to configure with the Mode button
  • Suitable for safety communication, such as Profisafe and 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.
Transmit your I/O signals reliably using the Wireless MUX

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

Wireless multiplexers – Transmit I/O signals via Bluetooth

The 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. This means that it can replace a 40-wire signal cable.

  • Easy commissioning, 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 2.0

The proprietary Trusted Wireless 2.0 wireless technology was developed by Phoenix Contact specifically 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.

Trusted Wireless 2.0 therefore fills the gap between WirelessHART as a special technology for sensor networks and Wireless LAN high-speed technology. The technology is used in the industrial Radioline 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. Thanks to Trusted Wireless 2.0 technology, Radioline is the ideal choice for reliable use in industrial environments.

  • High degree of reliability with Trusted Wireless 2.0 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, thanks to the integrated RS-232/RS-485 interface
  • Can be extended with up to 32 I/O modules thanks to 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 directly outdoors for the quick and easy wireless transfer of I/O signals or serial data. Select the wireless modules (either 868, 900, or 2,400 MHz) and the type and number of I/O extension modules required directly when ordering.

  • Ideally suited for outdoor installation with the robust, splash-proof, UV-resistant IP66 housing designed for temperatures ranging from -25°C 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 commissioning and easy configuration

WirelessHART

WirelessHART is a subset of the HART 7 standard and is an energy-efficient wireless technology designed for wireless process measurement applications, eliminating traditional 4...20 mA signal wires. The main feature of WirelessHART is its ability to set up and configure meshed networks autonomously. This enables every end device in the network to communicate redundantly via several different paths. Fully meshed networks are also self-healing, which guarantees long-term reliability and predictability, even under changing environmental conditions. Moreover, the WirelessHART standard allows reliable parallel operation, chronologically synchronized communication for fault-free wireless channel management, and secure transmission of information.

WirelessHART adapter

Easy integration of field devices – thanks to WirelessHART adapter

WirelessHART adapter – Connect remote field devices to the network

The WirelessHART adapter is the clever alternative to cable-based HART programming. Simply connect the WirelessHART adapter directly to the field device or to any accessible point in the analog loop, and just like that, it’s part of your network. The power supply of the WirelessHART adapter is flexible and can be adapted to your requirements.

  • Reduce installation costs by using a 4…20 mA loop-powered power supply, or use a separate DC power supply as an alternative
  • Connect up to four HART devices per adapter without a 4…20 mA signal with multidrop mode: The adapter is supplied via a separate DC voltage, and the connected devices are then supplied by the adapter
  • Integrate 4…20 mA devices that are not HART-compatible into a WirelessHART network: The connected devices are supplied via the power loop of the adapter, after which the power loop is measured and transmitted as a process value
  • Programming with a HART programming tool: Connected HART devices can be programmed directly without having to reconnect the programming tool
The WirelessHART gateway from Phoenix Contact

The WirelessHART gateway from Phoenix Contact

WirelessHART gateway – integrate difficult-to-access sensors into your network

The WirelessHART gateway allows you to integrate hard-to-reach sensors into your network with very little effort. In accordance with the HART standard, the system consists of an access point, a network manager, and a gateway. The access point establishes the connection to the various devices wirelessly. The network manager is the software that controls the meshed network, optimizes data traffic, and ensures security and authentication for field devices. The gateway is the portal between the system network or host system and the WirelessHART network. It includes the physical Ethernet interface as well as the Modbus/TCP protocol.

  • Easily connect up to 250 WirelessHART field devices via the Ethernet port or the integrated WLAN client transceiver
  • Integrate devices into all common asset management systems using Modbus/TCP
  • Convenient configuration and diagnostics using any standard web browser with the integrated web server
  • Secure WirelessHART communication via 128-bit AES encryption. The WLAN data is encrypted via WEP, WPA or WPA2/802.11i.
  • Easy installation thanks to HART-to-Modbus/TCP table
  • Reliable redundancy function and inexpensive network setup with LAN and WLAN interfaces that can be used in parallel
Selecting the right antenna: Increase the performance of your wireless network

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 nodes that move along a defined path, such as electric monorail systems. Suitable cabling technology and mounting accessories, such as cables, surge protection, and connectors, round out 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.

We can provide you with support in planning high-performance, failsafe wireless systems

We can provide you with support in planning high-performance, failsafe wireless systems

Professional wireless network planning

Good planning is an important prerequisite for a reliable and high-performance wireless network. We provide you with support during the planning, configuration, and commissioning of your wireless network – and with service and support in the event of a failure. Do you want to gain a better insight into wireless technology for yourself or your staff? We provide perfectly tailored instruction and practical training.

For professional wireless coverage

To simplify the planning of wireless networks based on the Radioline wireless system, Phoenix Contact is offering 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 into account altitude data, radio performance, and surface properties. You will receive an extensive test report and a bill of materials including all required components.