Starting in May 2017, the intelligent Systems Division of the NIST is forming a technical working group (TWG) to develop best practices guidelines in selecting and deploying industrial wireless solutions within industrial environments such as process plants and discrete manufacturing factories. Guidelines will consider the entire wireless ecosystem within factories with emphasis on wireless systems operating on the factory floor. This includes factory/plant instrumentation, control systems, and back-haul networks.
The guidelines will be technology and vendor agnostic and will address the current needs of industry to have independent guidelines based on user requirements and measurement science research. The guidelines will be kept concise and will be targeted to the plant/factory floor for tracking of materials, observation and control of processes, improvement of personnel safety, and improvement of plant/factory operational objectives. Classes of control systems will include both feedback and supervisory forms of control.
The guidelines TWG will be led by NIST and will developed in collaboration with members from the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society, the ISA, and members of industry. The user community and system integrators are strongly encouraged to participate. Those interested in participating should on technical working group should contact the project leader of the Wireless System for Industrial Environment project. To request participation, please send an email to iwstwg [at] nist.gov.
Supplemental project information may be found at:
Technical Points of Contact:
richard.candell [at] nist.gov (Rick Candell), Project Leader, NIST
Kang Lee, Engineer, NIST