The foundation for the precise simulation of WirelessHART networks rests on the exact simulation of the onsite circumstances. That is where the modeling tool WiNCMod comes into play. It enables plant engineers to create an accurate image of the plant where the WirelessHART network shall be established. If 2-D and 3-D plant data is available, users directly import the information from their CAD tool to WiNCMod. If this data is not available, users can create their plant using preconfigured, typical plant elements that are already contained in the software.
After that, users assign different materials (for instance, steel, concrete, or stone) to the parts, as these have a strong influence on range and transmission of the WirelessHART signals. The WirelessHART devices (like adapters, gateways, repeaters, or temperature converters) and their quantity are set up and named in Gateway DTM (Device Type Manager), which runs within PACTware software.
During the next step, WiNCSim – the simulation tool of the 3-D planning software – acquires the exported component list from Gateway DTM as a CSV file. The user then places the WirelessHART components across the plant map at ideal distances to one another while paying attention to optimal mounting height.