BOULDER, CO -- FreeWave Technologies, manufacturer of the most reliable, high-performance spread spectrum and licensed radios for critical data transmission, announced that together with its partner, Pan-Tech Controls, it has deployed hundreds of I/O Expansion Modules for a major natural gas producer in the Barnett Shale in Texas, one of the largest producible reserves of any on-shore natural gas field in the United States. For Pan-Tech Controls and its customer, FreeWave's I/O modules serve as remote I/O and control technology for tubing pressure, casing pressure, chemical tank levels and arrival sensors. The I/O Expansion Modules increase the degree of monitoring, control and optimization, and offer the most flexible and easily expandable wired and wireless I/O solution available in the market today.
"FreeWave has been our partner in the oil and gas industry for many years and, for this particular customer, we felt that I/O expansion was the best possible solution," said David Savells, Upstream Oil and Gas Sales Lead at Pan-Tech Controls. "There were several hundred sites that required remote data monitoring and we already were facing high Radio Frequency (RF) noise congestion from existing equipment that was in place. With FreeWave's newest line of I/O Expansion Modules, we were able to drastically minimize the number of base radios required by installing the Expansion Modules where more I/O points were needed at well head locations. The results were so impressive that the gas producer plans to continue adding I/O Expansion Modules as needed at sites with multiple wells."
Deploying Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) at every well is quite costly. Pan-Tech's customer had many locations with multiple wells at the same location. Coupling the flexibility of the remote I/O and the power of the PLC, the gas producer was able to maximize the utilization of the PLC and reduce costs by deploying FreeWave's remote I/O modules at these multi-well sites. At the time, the gas producer already was using FreeWave's HTplus backhaul radios and was familiar with the company's offerings. With the help of Pan-Tech, the gas producer decided to give the I/O Expansion Modules a try at multiple well pad sites. The result not only minimized the amount of hardware used, but led to an overall cost savings and has been reliably delivering data since deployment.
FreeWave is the only wireless data radio provider with expandable I/O devices that offer universally configurable I/O channels for analog input/ output, digital input/ output and sensor power. The I/O Expansion Modules provide fast access times for up to 192 I/O points and distributes data points that can be connected by hard wire or wireless connections. They also offer internal user-selectable pull up and pull down resistors for all non-isolated inputs to ease product installation and reduce the number of external components. Additionally, the I/O Expansion products offer high accuracy analog inputs, configurable I/O points at each location and can interface to FreeWave radios or connect to any other serial communication device, thereby leveraging customers' existing hardware investments. The flexibility of I/O Expansion allows it to be used for a variety of applications.
"Pan-Tech is a valued partner and its work in the oil and gas production industry is a great example of how our I/O Expansion Modules serve these critical applications," said Ashish Sharma chief marketing officer at FreeWave Technologies, "Our I/O expansion technologies offer ease-of-use for extremely reliable data transmission alongside today's advanced production techniques, such as multiple well pad sites and plunger lift. We also offer a three-year warranty on our I/O Expansion Modules, which is a testament to our customer focus and an integral part of the FreeWave difference."
About FreeWave Technologies
Founded in 1993, FreeWave Technologies manufactures the most reliable, high performing, lowest power consumption, spread spectrum and licensed radios for mission-critical data transmission. Through engineering excellence and a relentless commitment to best-in-class manufacturing, FreeWave customers enjoy superior radio up-time, range and the lowest cost of ownership available. Based in Boulder, Colorado, FreeWave designs and manufactures radios that are the leading choice for oil and gas, utility, military and numerous other industrial applications. Organizations that count on radio data communications for operational success—where failure and down-time are not an option—trust FreeWave for custom network design, system engineering and customer support that are unparalleled in the market.