Wireless Reduces Downtime
Banner’s SureCross® DX80 wireless network was chosen to replace the cables. The network is built around a Gateway capable of two-way communication with multiple end-point Nodes. It operates on the 900 MHz frequency band for robust communication across distances and through obstructions. Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology and Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) control architecture ensures reliable data delivery between devices.
A SureCross DX80 FlexPower Node is installed on each of the company’s 15 robots. Each node is connected to four inductive proximity switches near the end effector. The switches detect gripper position and communicate it to the Node. The Node transmits this information to the SureCross DX80 Gateway located at the control panel. An internal 3.6V lithium battery powers the Node and the switches.
By deploying a SureCross DX80 wireless network, the company eliminated the need for long cable runs between the proximity switches and the control panel. Downtime and repair and replacement expenses were significantly decreased. The combination of reduced expenses and increased productivity allowed the company to save over $100,000 each month.
Create point-to-multi point networks that distribute I/O over large areas. Input and output types include discrete (dry contact, PNP/NPN), analog (0 to 10 V dc, 0 to 20 mA), temperature (thermocouple and RTD), and pulse counter.