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WIRELESS DRIVE NETWORK SOLUTION TO IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY RANGE AND RELIABILITY

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248413D
Publication Date: 2016-Nov-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 87K

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Related People

Hu Zhongliang: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The disclosure is related to multiple electric drives connected together. In an environment where there are multiple drive cabinets and/or individual drives, it is possible to equip the drive and/or drive cabinets with a wireless (e.g. Bluetooth or another wireless technology) interface so that the configuration device, e.g. a mobile phone, or another kind of device or entity can connect the drives for configuration or other purposes. This solution provides the wireless interface (e.g. a Bluetooth enabled panel) with the capacity to form a mesh network, where the wireless interface devices can self-organize without a centralized controller. A mesh network generally refers to a network topology in which each node can relay data for the network. All mesh nodes can co-operate in the distribution of data in the network.

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WIRELESS DRIVE NETWORK SOLUTION TO IMPROVE CONNECTIVITY RANGE AND RELIABILITY

The disclosure is related to multiple drives connected together. Examples of drives generally include various electric drives such as AC or DC motor drives. In an environment where there are multiple drive cabinets (e.g. several drives "daisy chained" together within one cabinet) and/or individual drives, it may be difficult to navigate through the physical connections to locate and communicate with any specific drive, e.g. in order to change a parameter setting on one drive within a large drive control room or for any other purpose.

It is possible to equip the drive and/or drive cabinets with a wireless (e.g. Bluetooth or another wireless technology) interface so that the configuration device, e.g. a mobile phone, or another kind of device or entity can connect the drives for configuration or other purposes.

This solution provides the wireless interface (e.g. a Bluetooth enabled panel) with the capacity to form a mesh network, where the wireless interface devices can self-organize without a centralized controller. A mesh network generally refers to a network topology in which each node can relay data for the network. All mesh nodes can co-operate in the distribution of data in the network.

This solution gives the end user the possibility to access the drives through this mesh network without the need of connect directly to the target node. This has at least two benefits: 1) it extends the connectivity range since the information can travel through the mesh network, and
2) it can increase the reliability, since there can be multiple routes that the information flow could travel between the end user configuration device (e.g. mobile phone) or another kind of device and the wireless interface devices due to the mesh net...