Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Electrolab wireless IoT suite targets oil and gas

Steve Rogerson
March 6, 2019



Texas-based Electrolab has announced a suite of wireless radios (nodes) and IoT gateways for the oil and gas market.
 
The Class I, Division One rated wireless products complement Electrolab's existing line of automation products for the industry, while also interfacing with a variety of third-party equipment.
 
"For many years, Electrolab customers have asked us for a suite of quality wireless devices," said Todd Mathias, president of Electrolab. “With a reputation based on products and technologies that work reliably, relationships built on best-in-class service and a supply chain that meets customers' needs, we knew we needed to offer the market a line of proven wireless devices that met our customers' demands and Electrolab's high standards.”
 
Electrolab has brought the IoT platform to market through a private label agreement with Banner Engineering.
 
“Over the years, Banner's commitment to delivering proven products of the highest quality, fulfilling the needs of customers, and operating with honesty and integrity garnered our attention," Mathias said. “Banner and Electrolab share a vision of success for this product line.”
 
The wireless and IoT product line, optimised for Electrolab customer applications, provides oil field technicians with the ability to install and configure a complete, robust, wireless communications network. The nodes connect all instrumentation on a pad site, regardless of brand, and share information between local and remote equipment.
 
Various communications protocols facilitate the connection of local wireless networks with the internet and/or host systems, such as PLCs and scada devices. Long battery life, durability, safe and easy configuration are highlights. The suite includes five node options, based on the sensor and data transmission required, and two gateway options:
 
The five nodes are: discrete and analogue node; model 2100 node, compatible with Electrolab digital level sensors; extended warm-up node; thermocouple node; and RTD temperature sensing node.
 
The D80 gateway configuration is accomplished in three steps using two thumbs and a screwdriver. Users can even initiate a site survey from the device itself. The D80 gateway communicates through Modbus protocols with local flow computers.
 
The D100 IoT gateway controller offers Ethernet, IP and cellular connectivity, along with local IO and wireless connectivity, to provide a proven platform for industrial IoT applications. With a built-in logic controller, the D100 has easy-to-use programing to ensure dependable connectivity and communications.
 
"Wireless solutions from Banner from sensor to cloud are built to work together for easy configuration and use," said Chris Dales, global business development manager at Banner Engineering. “Electrolab's expertise and history of success in the oil field and knowledge of customer requirements will ensure these products offer reliable, long-lasting wireless communications to the industry.”