Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Rugged components expand the field of application for RFID technology

15.11.2010
With new products, the Siemens Industry Automation Division is strengthening its RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) product portfolio in the UHF (Ultra High Frequency) frequency range.

The newly introduced products include antennas, a mobile reader, and extremely heat-resistant, compact data carriers in the Smart Label format. RFID systems that operate in the UHF range are successfully used in logistics, material handling and more and more in production due to their range of several meters. Their use provides transparency and therefore allows many processes in a company to be optimized. With extremely rugged components, Siemens contributes to the further spread of RFID technology in both proven and new application areas.


Two compact UHF antennas complete the comprehensive RFID product portfolio of the Siemens Industry Automation Division. The Simatic RF640A antenna with dimensions of 185 x 185 x 45 mm operates using circular polarization, whereas the RF642A model with the same dimensions uses linear polarization. Depending on the reader that is used, the range of the antennas can be up to four meters. Both antennas meet the high requirements of degree of protection IP67 and are designed for operating temperatures ranging from -25 to +75 degrees Celsius. Thus they are suitable for indoor and outdoor applications.

Another Siemens innovation is the Simatic RF680M mobile RFID reader. The reader includes a color display with VGA resolution (640x480 pixels) and an ergonomic keypad. The user benefits from the improved readability and can operate the device with only one hand due to the modified arrangement of the keys. Furthermore, the transmit power of the RFID module has been increased to 500 mW ERP (milliwatt; Effective Radiated Power), the CPU performance has been increased to 624 MHz, and the memory has been expanded to 1 GB Flash and 256 MB RAM in comparison to the predecessor model. The pre-installed RF600 software provides service and test functions for reading and writing on data carriers and Smart Labels. Recorded data can be saved and clearly arranged in file structures. An API library (Application Programming Interface) is also included. With these programming interfaces, the customer can create his own RFID applications for the mobile reader. Since RF680M uses the standard Windows CE operating system, the device can easily be integrated into existing IT networks and process infrastructures. With the high degree of protection IP65, the new reader is suitable for use in particularly harsh industrial environments such as production logistics or warehouse management.

In the field of RFID data carriers, Siemens is introducing the heat-resistant Simatic RF680L Smart Label. It can tolerate one hour at temperatures of up to 220 degrees Celsius or six hours at temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius and is therefore suitable for demanding industrial applications such as painting lines and other high-temperature applications. With the new Smart Label, the products can be permanently identified and tracked throughout the entire value creation chain in material handling, production, and logistics. The high memory capacity expands the application area of RF680L even more. The data carrier provides a memory capacity of 240 bits for the EPC (Electronic Product Code) and a further 512 bits for user data.

Siemens has been developing RFID systems for production and logistics for the last 25 years and is the market leader in Europe with more than 300,000 RFID read/write devices installed. The company provides optimized wireless data carriers along with the required software for various sectors and a wide variety of purposes - from RFID middleware to application software.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of environmentally friendly production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies and comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 207,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted sales of about EUR35 billion in fiscal year 2009. http://www.siemens.com/industry

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a global leader in the fields of automation systems, industrial controls and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 39,000 employees worldwide (September 30), Siemens Industry Automation achieved sales of €7.0 billion in fiscal year 2009. www.siemens.com/industryautomation

Reference Number: IIA2010112606e

Peter Jefimiec | Siemens Industry
Further information:
http://www.siemens.com/ident

More articles from Machine Engineering:

nachricht PRESTO – Highly Dynamic Powerhouses
15.05.2017 | JULABO GmbH

nachricht Making lightweight construction suitable for series production
24.04.2017 | Laser Zentrum Hannover e.V.

All articles from Machine Engineering >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Can we see monkeys from space? Emerging technologies to map biodiversity

An international team of scientists has proposed a new multi-disciplinary approach in which an array of new technologies will allow us to map biodiversity and the risks that wildlife is facing at the scale of whole landscapes. The findings are published in Nature Ecology and Evolution. This international research is led by the Kunming Institute of Zoology from China, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

Using a combination of satellite and ground data, the team proposes that it is now possible to map biodiversity with an accuracy that has not been previously...

Im Focus: Climate satellite: Tracking methane with robust laser technology

Heatwaves in the Arctic, longer periods of vegetation in Europe, severe floods in West Africa – starting in 2021, scientists want to explore the emissions of the greenhouse gas methane with the German-French satellite MERLIN. This is made possible by a new robust laser system of the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in Aachen, which achieves unprecedented measurement accuracy.

Methane is primarily the result of the decomposition of organic matter. The gas has a 25 times greater warming potential than carbon dioxide, but is not as...

Im Focus: How protons move through a fuel cell

Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Empa researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals – a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

As charge carriers, electrons and ions play the leading role in electrochemical energy storage devices and converters such as batteries and fuel cells. Proton...

Im Focus: A unique data centre for cosmological simulations

Scientists from the Excellence Cluster Universe at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich have establised "Cosmowebportal", a unique data centre for cosmological simulations located at the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. The complete results of a series of large hydrodynamical cosmological simulations are available, with data volumes typically exceeding several hundred terabytes. Scientists worldwide can interactively explore these complex simulations via a web interface and directly access the results.

With current telescopes, scientists can observe our Universe’s galaxies and galaxy clusters and their distribution along an invisible cosmic web. From the...

Im Focus: Scientists develop molecular thermometer for contactless measurement using infrared light

Temperature measurements possible even on the smallest scale / Molecular ruby for use in material sciences, biology, and medicine

Chemists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) in cooperation with researchers of the German Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM)...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

Plants are networkers

19.06.2017 | Event News

Digital Survival Training for Executives

13.06.2017 | Event News

Global Learning Council Summit 2017

13.06.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

Supersensitive through quantum entanglement

28.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy under real ambient pressure conditions

28.06.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

Mice provide insight into genetics of autism spectrum disorders

28.06.2017 | Health and Medicine

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>