Siemens Division Industry Automation is expanding its range of write/read devices in the UHF range with two compact RFID (radio frequency identification) readers. The Simatic RF620R is equipped with an integrated UHF antenna, and up to two external UHF antennas can be connected to the Simatic RF630R.
With Simatic RF communication modules, the devices can be integrated directly into Simatic S7 and Profinet/Profibus communication networks. For this purpose, standard function blocks are available for the Step 7 engineering software.
The two stationary readers from the Simatic RF600 family can be installed in restricted spaces thanks to their compact design, and they can be used in harsh industrial environments due to the high degree of protection (IP65).
Siemens says the new devices are capable of reliable selective ‘tag’ identification and secure data communication. They are suitable for directly identifying objects at short to medium write/read distances of up to 3m.
Application areas for the readers include projects already utilising Simatic automation technology and transponders conforming to the standards EPC Gen2 and ISO 18000-6C. These applications are typically found in production control, material handling control and in tracking and tracing.
The new readers now allow the setting up of process chains that are completely equipped with UHF technology according to ISO and EPC standards, from goods receipt, through production, to goods issue.
Further information can be found on the internet at www.siemens.com/simatic-sensors/rf.