Wireless Cloud Networks for Critical Industrial Quality Control

Conference: ISWCS 2013 - The Tenth International Symposium on Wireless Communication Systems
08/27/2013 - 08/30/2013 at Ilmenau, Deutschland

Proceedings: ISWCS 2013

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Savazzi, Stefano (CNR-IEIIT Institute, Milano, Italy)
Spagnolini, Umberto (DEIB, Politecnico di Milano, Italy)
Goratti, Leonardo (JRC of the EU, Ispra, Italy)
Galimberti, Stefano (Pepperl-Fuchs, Sulbiate (MI), Italy)

The use of wireless network technology in the field of industrial quality and process control is becoming a remarkable research topic. This paper illustrates promising network architectures and transmission protocols to support next generation industrial wireless quality control systems. We consider a wireless communication scenario referred to as Wireless Cloud Network (WCN) where messages are flooded from sensors/actuators to Host station (and vice versa) through a self-contained dense network characterized by massively air-interacting “cloud” nodes. The WCN is designed to support the management of realtime critical industrial communication services. Particular focus is on quality control for oil and gas seismic exploration and closed loop networked control. Preliminary experiments based on IEEE 802.15.4 compliant devices show that the WCN system can provide clear performance advantages compared to conventional architectures in terms of control stability performance.