RFID System provides manufacturing tracking and control.

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Combining read/write module and miniature ID tag that provides data transmission, RFID System generates 125 kHz electromagnetic field and is designed for closed-loop manufacturing applications. Measuring 55 x 24 x 41 mm, read/write module includes control interface, reader, and antenna. Unit exchanges data with re-usable ID tag at distance of 20 mm and can be mounted to pallets and workpiece carriers. Tag's 15-bit data can be read at travel speeds up to 0.5 m/s.

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ifm efector Introduces RFID System For Tracking and Control Throughout The Manufacturing Process

EXTON, PA - November 21, 2005 - ifm efector introduces the RFID System for tracking and control throughout the manufacturing process, ifm's RFID system includes a compact read/write module and miniature ID tag that provide reliable data transmission. The system is designed for "closed-loop" manufacturing applications including pallet tracking, component identification, intelligent part routing, error-proofing and assembly verification.

Reliable read/write technology, flexible mounting, and universal connectivity enable the ifm RFID system to be applied in industrial process control. The read/write module combines three components in one - a control interface, reader and antenna - that measures only 55 x 24 x 41mm.

The module exchanges data with a re-usable ID tag at a distance of 20 mm. The module stores transmission errors that can be retrieved for a targeted fault analysis. The tag can be directly mounted to pallets and workpiece carriers, or the tag can be inserted into ifm's miniature tag fixture.

The system generates a 125 kHz electromagnetic field for reading and writing data. The electromagnetic field emitted by the antenna induces voltage in the passive ID tag. This activates the ID tag that returns its code. The tag's 15-bit data is reliably read at travel speeds of up to 0.5 m/s.

Electrical connection is made directly to the AS-i network via an M12 connector. AS-i's design flexibility makes RFID implementation simple by eliminating the need for a separate control interface for each module. AS-i enables the connection of up to 31 read/write modules to the system.

ifm's RFID system connects to all common PLCs and industrial bus systems. The system features easy configuration and allows direct access to the data without the need for complicated software.

Contact information: ifm efector inc., 782 Springdale Drive, Exton, PA 19341.
Tel: 800-441-8246* Fax:800-329-0436 o e-mail: info(giifmefector.com o Website:

ifm efector inc. is a premier technology partner for sensors and controls. Products include proximity switches, photoelectric sensors, fiber optics, condition monitors, speed monitors, pressure sensors, flow sensors, temperature sensors, level sensors, valve position sensors, mobile control solutions, ID systems, AS-i networking and Safety at Work products.

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