Compact RFID readers have standard interface
Siemens has added three compact RFID readers with standard IO-Link interfaces to its family of Simatic RF200 RFID products.
Two of the readers are cylindrically shaped – the RF210R (M18) and RF220R (M30) models are suitable for small assembly lines with cramped mounting conditions. The block-shaped RF260R (75 x 75 x 40 mm) reader offers a longer sensing range (HF field), ideal for track guided assembly lines and conveyors.
IO-Link is the manufacturer-independent standard for a uniform connection of switching devices and sensors to the control level with an intelligent point-to-point interface. The communication standard enables a continuous transmission of process, parameter and diagnostic data.
The industrial-grade readers’ standardized IO-Link interface makes it easy to integrate them into sensor level automation. No RFID-specific programming is required, further simplifying any application.
In addition to sensor level automation, the IO-Link readers seamlessly integrate into Simatic ET200 distributed control systems using Profinet and Profibus communications networks with one of two IO-Link master modules. The master module ET 200S 4SI is suitable for IP20 control cabinets while the master module of the ET 200eco PN with high a high 1P67 protection rating is suitable for field mounting.
All three readers have an integrated antenna (IP67). Operating status is viewed on a 3-color LED display at the reader.