Spectrum Analysis: Why Does It Matter?

Whether you are looking to diagnose current RF issues, expand your current radio control operations, or commission a new facility, spectrum analysis helps you navigate what’s “in the air,” reducing RF interference and costly troubleshooting. The RF Spectrum in the industrial workplace has been become increasingly crowded. Modern control panels, wireless networks, bar code readers, and two-way communication devices create signal traffic in a facility, all of which interfere with radio control systems.

One of Magnetek’s customers purchased a radio remote control system and after installation, experienced frequent dropouts, impacting workplace efficiency. Magnetek completed a spectrum analysis and was able to diagnose the interference and recommend a solution—a frequency change from the 900 MHz band to the 2.4 GHz band. This solution optimized the facility’s radio communications.

Our Spectrum Analysis Service includes a scan of your entire facility or a single area, indoor or outdoor. An average of 45-60 scans can be completed in up to an eight-hour period, five scans per location. Locations are determined by facility layout with a minimum of one location per operating area, typically three locations per bay. Scans are conducted on all the commonly used operating frequencies. You will receive:

  • Analysis of our findings
  • Scan screenshots
  • Identification of potential interference
  • Frequency recommendations

Whether an existing system or new radio control system installation, Magnetek’s Spectrum Analysis Service is the easiest way to navigate your facility’s airwaves.

For more information, contact your local Magnetek Sales Representative or 1.866.MAG.SERV (1.866.624.7378) or visit http://www.magnetekmh.com/Spectrum-Analysis-Service.

One thought on “Spectrum Analysis: Why Does It Matter?

  • Frequency management is the most commonly overlooked aspect of wireless control. Today’s technology is producing more and more products that communicate with each other wirelessly. Without a game plan to effectively manage the air ways, the likelihood of interference is increased which can lead to downtime.

    Proper planning based upon accurate record keeping of wireless devices in use at a facility is benefitted greatly by a spectrum analysis to catch all the unknowns that could be reducing the reliability of your wireless links.

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