New Bedford Panoramex (NBP) typically focused its integrated wireless access system (IWAS) products for the aviation, petroleum, utilities, and power industries. Its newest system targets air traffic control systems, lighting systems, navigation and landing aids, and other systems used in the aerospace and aviation industries.
The IWAS is a subsystem of NBP’s integrated control and monitoring system (ICNS) which is a larger, hard-wired system based in a control tower.
Key components of the new system are Opto 22 SNAP PAC System programmable automation controllers and SNAP I/O systems that interface to General Electric (GE) wireless transceivers that establish the connections from the field equipment to the IWAS base station. The system supplies two separate wireless signal paths for the redundancy necessary to safeguard against any losses in communication.
The base station offers a connection to any device that requires a wireless connection to the field. These devices include an Opto terminal that is used to interface to lighting equipment and some personal computers that are occasionally used to aggregate data from other types of field equipment.
Each IWAS is configured for a specific type of equipment. Each remote SNAP PAC System includes a controller and I/O modules for monitoring and controlling the equipment. These modules connect to and receive various types of operational data from field equipment, and then process and communicate the data as logic signals used by computers and controllers.
Base station PACs connect to any device that requires a wireless connection to the field. Devices include an Opto Terminal used to interface various types of equipment including computers that send and receive data from field equipment.
For instance, using the IWAS, serial modules provide a bi-directional interface to read and write to the GE transceivers. Analog input modules monitor power supply voltage in put status. Digital input modules track the systems’ on/off status and detect operational faults. Digital output modules enable remote on/off switching.
The Opto Terminal-G75 serves as a user interface for receiving and viewing data and exercising control. It is National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)-4 rated and graphics-based. Its color display terminal can be used to monitor, send commands to, and receive real-time data from the lighting systems, or any other devices or equipment connected to the Opto 22 PACs and I/O systems.
New Bedford Panoramex Corporation
Filed Under: Aerospace + defense, I/O modules, Networks • connectivity • fieldbuses, PLCs + PACs