The Use of Radio Technologies in the Fieldbus Area -Using INTERBUS as an Example

  • Michael Peter


Until recently, data transmission by radio in the fieldbus area was inconceivable. The available radio technologies were too susceptible to interference, cumbersome, expensive and slow. However, new radio technologies such as DECT or the 2.4 GHz ISM band used in 802.11 offer promising new possibilities for fieldbus links which were only previously made possible using costly connection technology. This offers the user both straightforward installation and a higher degree of flexibility, without increased costs. Through the joint project supported by BMBF (German Federal Department of Education, Science, Research and Technology), “Wireless Fieldbuses in the Production Environment” (FUNBUS), and cooperation with the technical college FH-Lippe, initial experiences of using radio technologies on Interbus have been collated from various viewpoints and a product-related prototype has been developed for use on Interbus.


Radio System Radio Technology Radio Transmission Radio Interface Radio Path 
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    EN 50254 „High Efficiency Communication Subsystem for Small Data Packages, Volume 2 (INTERBUS)“, October 1998Google Scholar
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    IEEE 802.11-Part II: „Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC) and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications“, Jun 1997Google Scholar
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    „Wireless Fieldbusses in the Production Environment (FUNBUS)“, BMBF-Project 02PV4062, 1997-2000Google Scholar
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    D. Fischer, J. Konopka, „Development and Construction of a Wireless Subscriber Link for INTERBUS“, Fachhochschule Lippe (Prof. Meier), Dissertation March 1999Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Peter
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  1. 1.Concept DevelopmentPhoenix Contact GmbH & Co.BlombergGermany

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