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nature of the environment. Plants are constantly changing, with people, parts, and machinery moving around, blocking radio paths, refl ecting or absorbing radio signals, and generally making things diffi cult for the AGVs to find a signal to connect. ProSoft addresses this problem with a unique “clientrepeater” function that allows each AGV in the plant to act as a repeater. That means that if one AGV fi nds itself in a location with poor or no connection to the fi xed radios, it can direct its transmission through another AGV that will pass the transmission along until it can fi nd a clear signal to the master control system. Using this technology, AGV systems virtually eliminate “dead spots,” and can even tolerate the failure of a fi xed radio without interrupting the operations. Finally, technology is helping reduce the risk of installing a new AGV system. Since technology providers such as ProSoft are focused on industrial communications, application expertise can help guide each customer to the best wireless solution for a particular case. Application engineers perform site surveys to identify the optimum location of fixed radios, ideal antenna selections, and the best channels for minimal interference. Also, solutions that are unique to the industrial market, like radiating cable (leaky feeder) systems. Radiating cable can be an ideal solution for AGVs as the cable can follow the AGV’s path through a plant, providing highly consistent RF signal with minimal risk of interference and refl ection issues. Keith Blodorn is the director of product management at ProSoft Technology. A unique “client-repeater” function allows each AGV in the plant to act as a repeater. Applications SOURCE: PROSOFT Nuremberg, Germany 27.2 –1.3. 2018 DISCOVER INNOVATIONS Immerse yourself in the world of embedded systems and discover innovations for your success. embedded-world.de 2ew18P E-code for free admission embedded-world.de / voucher Exhibition organizer NürnbergMesse GmbH T +49 9 11 86 06-49 12 F +49 9 11 86 06-49 13 visitorservice@nuernbergmesse.de Conference organizer WEKA FACHMEDIEN GmbH T +49 89 2 55 56-13 49 F +49 89 2 55 56-03 49 info@embedded-world.eu Fachmedium der Automatisierungstechnik Fachmedium für professionelle Automobilelektronik Media partners


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