ROCKWELL Automation says it is making accessing critical production data easier with the manufacturing enterprise through the launch of the Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100 wireless access point (WAP) which features a work group bridge.

Unlike typical wireless clients that only connect a single IP address, Rockwell said the Stratix 5100 WAP enabled engineers to connect up to 19 IP addresses simultaneously – helping reduce design time when integrating machines and equipment into the industrial control network.

The Stratix 5100 WAP is ideal for industrial networks needing secure and reliable wireless connectivity. Enterprise-class silicon and optimized radios deliver a robust mobility experience that includes 802.11a/b/g/n with 3 by 4 multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology and three spatial streams.

“Automation engineers increasingly need access to more detailed production data and to solve automation network connectivity problems,” said Rockwell Automation South Pacific business manager of architecture and software Gordon Bartlett.

“With the Stratix 5100 wireless access point and work group bridge, users can access production data from remote and difficult-to-reach areas.

“They can share this data between automation systems or feed it into information systems for analysis and improved decision making.”

The Stratix 5100 WAP uses Cisco IOS. In addition, the Stratix 5100 WAP provides premier integration to the Rockwell Automation Integrated Architecture system with detailed network diagnostic information. The Stratix 5100 WAP complements the Allen Bradley ControlLogix EtherNet/IP communication modules and full portfolio of Stratix switches from Rockwell Automation.