Pepperl+Fuchs Presents Its Latest RFID Read/Write Heads with Auto-Start Functionality

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The RFID Read/Write Heads are designed to operate in HF range and provide a read/write range of up to 13 cm. The units feature a standard IP-link interface that provides connectivity to bus systems. They can connect up to eight IO-link devices and are offered in rugged housing for use in harsh industrial environments.

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Pepperl+Fuchs Introduces New RFID Read/Write Heads with Integrated IO-Link Interface

Standardized IO-Link interface unlocks the potential of Industry 4.0

Twinsburg, OH - RFID is a key technology for Industry 4.0. With new RFID read/write heads, Pepperl+Fuchs is expanding its IO-Link portfolio and taking another step toward efficient industrial networking. These devices offer an IO-Link interface (V1.1) in accordance with the international standard IEC 61131-9. RFID read/write heads with IO-Link offer simplicity and flexibility. With auto-start functionality, they simplify integration dramatically. By combining the new RFID read/write heads with the Ethernet IO-Link master, Pepperl+Fuchs offers a complete, flexible identification solution.

RFID IO-Link read/write heads operate in the HF range according to ISO 15693 and offer a read/write range of up to 13 cm. The housing designs are rugged and compact, ideal for use in harsh industrial environments.

A standardized IO-Link interface enables connectivity to most common bus systems. The new RFID components can be easily connected to a PLC with integrated IO-Link master or to any IO-Link master on the market. For this purpose, Pepperl+Fuchs' Ethernet IO-Link master offers optimal connectivity and consistent configuration. The ability to connect up to eight IO-Link devices reduces costs per channel and makes data transfer more efficient.

RFID IO-Link read/write heads offer users the flexibility to choose between easy mode and expert mode. Easy mode is a simple but powerful option that is suitable for most applications. Expert mode is available for demanding applications that require high-speed transmission of large quantities of data.

Easy mode offers simple commissioning with no programming. With auto-start functionality, it reduces the complexity of RFID. And function blocks are not required, which simplifies implementation considerably.

Expert mode is designed for high-performance data access using a handshake procedure. This mode requires a function block, which is available for download with corresponding instructions from our website.

The new RFID read/write heads come in three housing sizes. Each has unique advantages based on user application needs. A complete solution of RFID components and Ethernet IO modules streamlines communication between all levels of automation, paving the way for Industry 4.0 and Sensorik4.0® applications. Pepperl+Fuchs provides a complete system solution, perfectly matched for flexibility and efficient identification. Each read/write head has a number of RFID tags to suit a variety of applications.

About Pepperl+Fuchs

Pepperl+Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture, and application of high quality factory and process automation products and services. Pepperl+Fuchs pioneered the development of proximity sensors 50 years ago, and has set the standard for innovation and quality ever since. A perennial Reader's Choice Award winner in both Control and Control Design magazines, Pepperl+Fuchs has also been named by Control magazine and the ARC Advisory Group as one of the Top 50 Global Automation Companies. Pepperl+Fuchs' global headquarters are in Mannheim with a North American base in Twinsburg, Ohio.

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