ProSoft Insights / Referenzen

A communications upgrade for the ultimate thrill ride

Search Insights

Kategorien

Tags

Newsletter

Yes, I would like to receive marketing information from ProSoft Technology, Inc., and its affiliates, subsidiary companies and brands indicated below.

I therefore provide my consent to the use of the personal information submitted here for the purpose of providing me marketing information related to ProSoft Technology, Inc. and its affiliates’ and subsidiaries’ products, services and marketing events. I understand that I may withdraw my consent at any time. Additional information regarding ProSoft’s data privacy policies, including how to withdraw this consent, is available at www.prosoft-technology.com/privacy. ProSoft Technology, Inc. is a subsidiary of Belden Inc., and their affiliates, subsidiary companies and brands include ProSoft Technology SAS, ProLinx Comunicacao Industria, LTDA; Global Blue Networks Inc., and ProSoft Technology (Asia Pacific) SDN BHD.

Letzte Posts

Your Guide to Water and Wastewater Connectivity and Security

22 Sep, 2021 / Application Guides

To make automation work in your water and wastewater application, connectivity and data...

How ProSoft Connect Stays Secure

10 Sep, 2021 / Technologie Focus

At ProSoft, we’ve been getting questions about how to use ProSoft Connect, so we put to...

Your Frequently Asked Questions: Modbus and Modbus TCP/IP

26 Aug, 2021 / Videos

We recently talked with Chris Hines, ProSoft’s Global Technical Support Director, to ge...

How System Integrators Benefit from Always-On Remote Connectivity

12 Aug, 2021 / Work Smarter

Always-on, managed remote connectivity is especially helpful for utilities. For system ...

A communications upgrade for the ultimate thrill ride

Antonio Zamperla SPA, a major theme-park attraction company whose rides can be experienced worldwide, offers something for everyone: coaster-lovers of all ages and their less thrill-seeking friends. Even for the former group, the Disk’O Coaster is surely an adventure: It essentially rocks and spins riders who sit in pedestal seats that face outward, offering a visual smorgasbord while speeding along a 300-foot (100-meter) track at up to 43 miles per hour (70 km/h). All in all, it’s a ride for which you’d want to have as many safety checks as possible.

Three years ago in Altavilla Vicentina, Italy, Zamperla started conducting testing to make the Disk’O Coaster even safer. They had been using a non-Safety I/O PLC with a more conventional Bluetooth wireless system that was based on standard OMNI antennas. Different solutions were considered, and Zamperla eventually decided to opt for a setup involving a Rockwell Automation CompactLogix™ L43S. That solution also involved the communications implementation of ProSoft Technology’s Industrial Hotspot Ethernet radios for safety I/O, along with a Power DC and PowerFlex™ 7S drive on the remote side of the solution. 

The main goal in the new communications system was to replace the previous Bluetooth communication setup, incorporating distributed Safety POINT I/O™.  The Safety POINT I/O™ was used on board the ride to monitor the safety belts and the doors of the coaster. ProSoft’s radios also increased reliability and throughput, working in conjunction with the CompactLogix to provide a smooth, safe ride for thrill-seekers. 

"The Industrial Hotspot radios have helped improve the communications system," according to Fabio Berti, chief engineer for Zamperla. The radios support fast RF data rates up to 300 Mbps, delivering great packet-per-second performance and ensuring reliable communication. The company also appreciated being able to monitor the radios’ performance and status using an HMI, thanks to diagnostic tags. Between the system performance and ease of use, Zamperla saw that ProSoft’s radios within a Rockwell Automation infrastructure offered a solution that was too good to pass up.

“The goal was to improve the efficiency and the security of the application,” Mr. Berti said. “Thanks to ProSoft’s wireless Ethernet-based solution, it is possible to use Safety I/O and improve the data rate of communication, satisfying Zamperla’s needs.”

Learn more about solutions for Amusement applications. For more information about A. Zamperla S.p.A, visit www.zamperla.com