Emerson Supports Process Manufacturing’s First
Global Wireless Standard
Unanimous certification a major industry milestone; wireless control benefits plant operations and lowers
costs, company says
April 12, 2010 01:17 PM Eastern Daylight Time
AUSTIN, Texas--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson
(NYSE:EMR), applauds the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) unanimous vote to certify
WirelessHART technology as the first global standard for wireless communications for industrial process
measurement and control.
The new standard was developed by major process automation suppliers, including Emerson, working within the
not-for-profit HART Communication Foundation. To be known now as IEC 62591, the standard makes it easier for
refineries, chemical plants, energy producers, and other process businesses to add wireless technologies to their
operations, at substantially lower cost than traditional wired technology. It also provides customers with multi-vendor
interoperability and protects their technology investment. The IEC is the world's leading organization that prepares
and publishes International Standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
"The commission’s endorsement of this standard confirms what Emerson and many others have known: this
technology is a reliable, versatile, and economical tool for improving process operations and enabling a significant
return on investment," said Steve Sonnenberg, president of Emerson Process Management. "IEC 62591 compliant
technology will have as great an impact in process plants as Wi-Fi has in offices."
Emerson was the first to offer WirelessHART products and continues to lead the industry with a broad portfolio of
devices using the technology. Likewise, many other suppliers are building broad support for IEC 62591 by
developing products based on the standard.
Beyond typical process measurement and control applications, customers are increasingly using wireless