RFID antennas over IO-Link

14 January 2019

The latest RFID antenna range from ifm electronic is suited to a range of applications thanks to flexible parameter settings, improved diagnostics and simple implementation.

The range covers nine housing variants, including robust designs for harsh industrial environments with ratings up to IP69K and temperature resistance of from -20º to +60ºC. 

The new IO-Link enabled antennas opens up new opportunities for the low cost implementation of RFID in the industrial environment. They are said to be suited to the identification of workpiece carriers in conveyor technologies where only a small amount of data needs to be transmitted. 

In machine tools the new IO-Link enabled antennas can be used to confirm correct selection and monitor usage of magazines and component moulds as part of a QA and preventative maintenance process. In automotive production, body components or engines are compared to order numbers via RFID in order to control processing steps, or to check the final assembly. 

Building IO-Link into the antenna gives the user access to set-up tools that ensure that any RFID solution can be implemented simply into existing or new machinery. The IO-Link enabled Fieldbus module range from the company support EtherCAT, Ethernet TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP or ProfiNet interface for communication to the PLC. 

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