Balluff Introduces Metal-Mount RFID SystemMarch 1, 2012
Balluff has introduced its direct metal-mount or "M-M" RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system designed to provide tough industrial track-and-trace capability to any manufacturing, assembly or closed-loop logistics process using a non-contact, ISO 15693 compliant passive data carrier technology, the company said. This new technology allows the RFID "tag" to be mounted directly on any alloy or metal surface without the typical interference or loss in range.
Balluff's M-M tags and heads are a new technology in the BIS M series developed by Balluff for flexibility. They offer a range of 52 to 65 mm regardless of the alloy content of the metal, including aluminum, which tends to cause the most loss in range for passive RFID. These new tags are contained in a robust, compact housing to allow flexible mounting and sustainability. They are designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -25 degrees C to as high as 130 degrees C for up to 1,000 hours of continuous, idle exposure. There are two industrial head options to choose from, both designed for maximum read/write performance. One is a self-contained processor and read/write head with a built-in RS-232 serial interface. The other is a read/write head in an identical housing, but it can be connected to any of Balluff's several remote processors. Using a remote processor expands the communication options to include DeviceNet, Profibus, Ethernet/IP and TCP/IP, Modbus-IP or even the new ProfiNet Ethernet bus.
The new M-M ID system is designed to improve the flexibility of mounting RFID in industrial applications. These tags can now be mounted directly on metal pallets, totes or even directly on parts without the use of plastic "spacers," which minimizes complexity and reduces installation costs while providing consistent and reliable read/write performance, the company said. In combination with Balluff's exclusive read-confirmation technology, this metal-mount RFID system is designed to provide reliability while maximizing visibility.
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