Smart Transducer Interface Standard for Sensors and Actuators

Authored by: Kang B. Lee

Industrial Communication Technology Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9781482207323
eBook ISBN: 9781482207330
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Sensors are used in many devices and systems to provide information on the parameters being measured or to identify the states of control. They are good candidates for increased built-in intelligence. Microprocessors can make smart sensors or devices a reality. With this added capability, it is possible for a smart sensor to directly communicate measurements to an instrument or a system. In recent years, the concept of computer networking has gradually migrated into the sensor community. Networking of transducers (sensors or actuators) in a system and communicating transducer information via digital means versus analog cabling facilitate easy distributed measurements and control. In other words, intelligence and control, which were traditionally centralized, are gradually migrating to the sensor level. This can provide flexibility, improve system performance, and ease system installation, upgrade, and maintenance. Thus, the trend in industry is moving toward distributed control with intelligent sensing architecture. These enabling technologies can be applied to aerospace, automotive, industrial automation, military and homeland defenses, manufacturing process control, smart buildings and homes, and smart toys and appliances for consumers.

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