RFID antennas over IO-Link

29 January 2019

The onward march of IO-Link seems unstoppable and for good reason, with advantages such as much more data and diagnostics for minimal extra cost. Ifm electronic has one of the largest offerings of IO-Link sensors on the market and an established range of RFID systems which combine the technologies.

The latest range of RFID antennas from ifm electronic is suited to a range of applications. The range covers none housing variants, including robust designs for harsh industrial environments with ratings up to IP69K, and temperature resistance from -20º to 60ºC. 

The range is 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. 

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