Small RFID reader supports OPC UA

November 23, 2018 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Siemens is expanding its Simatic RF600 Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) device family with a new RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) reader. The Simatic RF615R has a particularly compact design, an integrated circularly polarized antenna and an additional external antenna connector.

By connecting the additional external antenna, it is possible to set up a cost-efficient small RFID gate. The device supports OPC UA as IoT (Internet of Things) interface and communicates via the data model of the OPC UA AutoID Companion Specification V1.0. This enables manufacturer-independent communication in automation and standardized connection to cloud applications such as the open, cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere via an industrial IoT gateway such as Ruggedcom RX1400 with CloudConnect. The analysis of the collected data makes KPIs such as system availability, capacity utilization or energy saving potential transparent. In this way, supply chains can be optimized - and efficiency and quality in production, logistics, asset management and other areas can be increased.

Thanks to the proven "UHF for Industry" algorithms, users also benefit from reliable operation even in difficult radio environments.

Due to the circular polarizing antenna, the reader offers high flexibility in the alignment of the RFID transponders to be detected. With one digital input and one digital output each, the Simatic RF615R offers a simple trigger option for decentralized reading points as well as local reaction to reading events. Configuration, commissioning and diagnostic tools can be accessed in the proven manner via a web browser. The user benefits from fast commissioning and diagnostics as well as reduced project planning effort. Other functions that increase system availability are diagnostics during operation and the diagnostics history in the logbook. The new reader is particularly suitable for use in machine and plant construction, conveyor technology and, thanks to its high IP67 degree of protection, also in harsh industrial environments.

More information: https://w3.siemens.com/mcms/identification-systems/en/rfid-systems/simatic-rf600/Pages/simatic-rf-600.aspx


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