RFID is a key technology for Industry 4.0. With new RFID read/write heads, Pepperl+Fuchs is expanding its IO-Link portfolio and taking another step toward efficient industrial networking. These devices offer an IO-Link interface (V1.1) in accordance with the international standard IEC 61131-9. RFID read/write heads with IO-Link offer simplicity and flexibility. With auto-start functionality, they simplify integration dramatically. By combining the new RFID read/write heads with the Ethernet IO-Link master, Pepperl+Fuchs offers a complete, flexible identification solution.
RFID IO-Link read/write heads operate in the HF range according to ISO 15693 and offer a read/write range of up to 13 cm. The housing designs are rugged and compact, ideal for use in harsh industrial environments.
A standardized IO-Link interface enables connectivity to most common bus systems. The new RFID components can be easily connected to a PLC with integrated IO-Link master or to any IO-Link master on the market. For this purpose, Pepperl+Fuchs’ Ethernet IO-Link master offers optimal connectivity and consistent configuration. The ability to connect up to eight IO-Link devices reduces costs per channel and makes data transfer more efficient.
RFID IO-Link read/write heads offer users the flexibility to choose between easy mode and expert mode. Easy mode is a simple but powerful option that is suitable for most applications. Expert mode is available for demanding applications that require high-speed transmission of large quantities of data.
Easy mode offers simple commissioning with no programming. With auto-start functionality, it reduces the complexity of RFID. And function blocks are not required, which simplifies implementation considerably.
Expert mode is designed for high-performance data access using a handshake procedure. This mode requires a function block, which is available for download with corresponding instructions from our website.
The new RFID read/write heads come in three housing sizes. Each has unique advantages based on user application needs. A complete solution of RFID components and Ethernet IO modules streamlines communication between all levels of automation, paving the way for Industry 4.0 and Sensorik4.0® applications. Pepperl+Fuchs provides a complete system solution, perfectly matched for flexibility and efficient identification. Each read/write head has a number of RFID tags to suit a variety of applications.
Filed Under: TECHNOLOGIES + PRODUCTS