RFID systems are cost-efficient, versatile, and ensure reliable processes—like in intralogistics. Wherever a large number of identification points is needed, identification tasks are now easier due to the latest development: the new HF RFID read/write heads. These devices come with an IO-Link interface for easy integration via point-to-point connection—working with any IO-Link master. With these new products, Pepperl+Fuchs has taken a further step towards flexible and modern system integration.
The RFID read/write heads are available in three different housings, featuring a compact and rugged design for applications in harsh industrial environments. In addition to the previous connection to the tried-and-tested evaluation units of the IDENTControl family, the new read/write heads support the fast, open and future-proof IO-Link standard V1.1.
The new read/write heads are easy to handle and offer users maximum flexibility when it comes to application solutions. Users can choose between two operation modes that are designed for both easy and complex applications:
The read/write heads are easily integrated into the plant via point-to-point connection to any desired IO-Link master. In the fieldbus module product range, Pepperl+Fuchs offers corresponding Ethernet IO modules with integrated IO-Link master for an optimized connection and end-to-end parameterization. In addition to the multi-protocol capability that supports the traditional hierarchical fieldbus connection—meaning the communication between PLC and the field level—the integrated 8-way IO-Link master provides the new Ethernet IO modules with cross-hierarchy connectivity for communication structures—in the sense of industry 4.0. Up to eight IO-Link-enabled RFID read/write heads can be connected. This leads to maximized efficiency and reduced channel costs.