An Oil and Gas System integrator in Texas does oil pad site installations in the Eagle Ford shale region. Each oil pad site has a combination of oil pumps, water tanks, flare stacks and scrubbers that need to be monitored and controlled from one central location.
All the instruments in an oil field need to be constantly monitored and controlled. Typically, they wire all the instruments to a local PLC and then use cellular communication to send that information back. The time it takes to trench all the signal wire and the labor costs of doing the installation have continued to rise and they were looking for a better, more efficient way to do this. Not only did they need to monitor all these devices, in the event of an emergency, they need to be able to shut down everything on the site to prevent any accidents or explosions.
Using the Radioline product, they were able to get rid of the wiring from the different instruments to the PLC and instead send that information wirelessly back to one central location. They were able to network multiple pad sites to one master due to the ability of Radioline to have up 98 remote devices connected to it in an IO to Modbus application. The PLC could then monitor the instruments, and in the case of an emergency, send one signal to shut down any one instrument or a whole pad site. Doing these installations wirelessly allowed the integrator to decrease install time and labor costs when implementing a new pad site.
The Radioline wireless system distributes signals easily with I/O mapping. Phoenix Contact’s Radioline wireless platform offers wire replacement for simple I/O and serial communication. With software-free wireless module setup, Radioline offers a cost-effective wireless solution where it is too costly or not possible to run a wire.
The Radioline platform is available in two frequency ranges – 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz.
High-performance Radioline 900 MHz – Designed for North American use and suitable for either short-range, non-line-of-sight applications or for long-range applications of up to 20 miles
Radioline 2.4 GHz – Designed for International use and suitable for short-range, clear line-of-sight applications
- Easy, software-free configuration
- High-speed communications, up to 500 Kbps
- Radioline wireless module operation in the 2.4 GHz and 900 MHz frequency range
- Hot-swappable modular I/O via extension modules for common industrial signals
- All-in-one wireless platform: I/O-to-I/O, I/O-to-Modbus, serial-to-serial monitoring
- Real-time I/O diagnostics via free software
- A five-year warranty upgrade when purchased and installed with recommended power supplies and surge suppression device