Seamless identification – even without visual contact
RFID technology makes reliable, radio-based identification possible without visual contact. Even under harsh ambient conditions, dozens of transponders can be read and written simultaneously with UHF devices from up to 10 m away. This makes RFID read/write devices the ideal product wherever process-relevant data needs to be collected seamlessly and conveniently.
Simple integration – intelligence included
Antenna and data processing integrated in the sensor Read range up to 10 m Linkage option to superior control systems or directly to the cloud Up to 4 external antennas Configuration via SOPAS ET or integrated web server Can be used with SICK AppSpace Rugged design in accordance with IP67
Identification in tight spaces in machine and plant engineering
Reading and writing of transponders in accordance with ISO/IEC 15693 Types: M18, M30 and 40 x 40 mm Read range: Up to 80 mm IO-Link interface: COM3 data transmission rate (230.4 kBaud), process data size 32 bytes Standard IO mode for operation as binary sensor Rugged design in accordance with IP67 Ambient temperature: –25 °C to +80 °C
The measuring RFID device with integrated passage and direction detection
Antenna and data processing integrated in the sensor Read range up to 10 m Linkage option to superior control systems or directly to the cloud Direction and position detection Configuration via SOPAS ET or integrated web server Can be used with SICK AppSpace Rugged design in accordance with IP67
Non-line-of-sight object identification of material flows in groups using RFID
Intelligent algorithm for correct assignment of RFID transponders to objects Reliable filtering out of other RFID transponders in direct proximity Modular design Variable data output tailorable to customer requirements Detection of object directions and speeds Description of individual RFID transponders in the object flow
Clever little helpers for solving identification tasks
Passive transponders Compliance with standards Mounting on various materials possible, even on metallic surfaces No visual contact required Reading and writing Ambient temperature range from −40 °C to +230 °C
Reliable identification - in any situation
Read range up to 10 m for UHF antennas Rugged design in accordance with enclosure rating IP67 Ambient temperature ranges from −40 °C to +70 °C Integrated feedback LEDs Circularly polarized UHF antennas
Extremely compact design Scanning range up to 0.5 m Connection option for trigger sensors Flexible interface concept (e.g. PROFINET, EtherNet/IPTM, OPC-UA, IO-Link (via IO-Link master)) Integrated antenna and data processing Configuration via SOPAS ET Ethernet-based variants: Compatible with SICK AppSpace Rugged design (IP67)
UHF for small read ranges
Antenna and data processing integrated in the sensor Read range up to 2 m Linkage option to superior control systems or directly to the cloud Excellent antenna characteristics Configuration via SOPAS ET or integrated web server Can be used with SICK AppSpace Rugged design in accordance with IP67
The benefits of radio-based identification
RFID technology can be used to uniquely identify objects where other technologies reach their limits due to heavy contamination, harsh ambient conditions or lack of visual contact.
Flexible thanks to large reading field RFID devices enable identification from zero to several meters. This enables flexible object distances and easy commissioning.
Requires neither visual contact nor service Even dirty, dusty or packaged objects can be identified without a problem, since no direct visual contact is required. The RFID devices themselves are immune to contamination and wear, which enables maintenance-free operation and results in a long service life.
Reads many transponders at one time Bulk reading speeds up identification processes, as it can read hundreds of transponders at the same time within a very short period.
Can read and write RFID transponders can also be written with RFID devices from SICK. This allows for information to be added, protected with a password, or the transponders to be reused for future tasks.
Reliable – even at speeds of 300 Even at speeds of 300 km/h, reliable identification is possible with RFID read/write devices.
Identifies the correct units Thanks to the intelligent adjustment options, the reader detects the correct transponders, even when the distance between objects is small.
Supports omnidirectional reading Transponders can be read in nearly any orientation. This ensures tolerance when aligning the reader to the objects and simplifies installation.
Connected worldwide Global data standards allow for RFID data to be used across companies. This means the technology can be used along the entire supply chain.
Transparency creates efficiency
In order to make the use of process data even more meaningful, networking must get stronger and stronger. RFID data helps make logistics and automation processes transparent, to link them within the system and beyond, and to increase efficiency.
The compact and rugged read/write devices from SICK can be flexibly integrated into various control systems thanks to the fieldbus interface. Captured data can also be transmitted to a wide variety of target systems using common Industry 4.0 protocols such as OPC UA and MQTT. Compliance with local radio regulations makes RFID use possible worldwide.
Can be traced along the entire supply chain Smooth processes are based on seamless documentation of goods flows. RFID devices can be used to clearly identify where which goods are at any given time. Automated recording, whether at incoming and outgoing goods or within the production facility, delivers valuable information for a high-resolution image of the value chain and allows for optimized global as well as local production and logistics processes.
Available from the sensor into the cloud The future is in the cloud. Cloud data ensures that all automated production processes interact seamlessly, with sensor information available exactly where it promises greater efficiency. RFID devices from SICK can be integrated into the most common fieldbus networks at the machine controller level and simultaneously connected to applications at higher company levels and to the cloud via Ethernet.
At home in many industries
With its RFID read/write devices, SICK is offering optimal identification solutions for a wide range of applications in networked automation. Always in focus: Complete transparency, high flexibility and efficient system management. Always in view: The specifics of the respective industry.
Automotive industry RFID transponders create the ideal basis for an effective and transparent material enterprise system (MES). The RFID devices are particularly rugged and can cope with the ambient conditions of a wide range of production steps, from car body construction to the paint shop all the way to final assembly.
Industrial vehicles and mobile platforms Whether for driver assistance systems guided by ground transponders or for the identification of tagged cargo, RFID devices read all the information needed to reliably transport the current cargo to its destination.
Electronics Automated guided vehicles reliably bring filled printed circuit board magazines to the warehouse – and empty ones to the production site. RFID tags enable smooth processes due to the automated inventory management and seamless tracking.
Mechanical engineering For the identification of workpiece carriers, the compact RFID devices can be easily integrated into existing systems – and also very flexibly thanks to IO-Link. The tracking of individual components guarantees the greatest possible transparency throughout the entire value-creation process.
Storage and conveyor technology Resistant RFID tags ensure the reliable identification of pallets and containers, even if they are contaminated or subject to heavy wear due to cleaning processes. Thanks to bulk reading, several containers on a pallet can also be read at the same time.
Traffic When does which train run on which track section, and which vehicles are allowed onto certain premises? Rugged RFID solutions automatically capture live data for intelligent traffic monitoring. They also transmit measured values from other sensors, thereby enabling timely maintenance measures.
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RFID expertise Discover our detailed knowledge and FAQs on RFID technology as well as its possible applications: RFID knowledge
Everything from a single source: Readers, transponders, antennas In addition to RFID read/write devices, antennas and matching mounting accessories, SICK also offers transponders tailored to a wide variety of applications such as metal assembly or high-temperature environments.
Perfect identification? More than a vision. Whether laser, camera or RFID: Each identification technology has its advantages – and sometimes it takes more than just one of them. In order to find an optimal solution for the respective application, we compare the different technologies and provide a practical identification explorer to help you make a decision.
Reliable assignment of several transponders RFID system solutions are optimally suited for quickly identifying transponders and reliably assigning them to the object. Based on the information stored in the transponder, bags, parcels and containers can be sorted and directed with extreme accuracy. At the same time, dozens of objects on a pallet can be identified and accounted for at the same time, then used for other processes. Unwanted transponders can also be precisely filtered out for unique assignment. RFID technology can also be combined with other identification technologies for 1D and 2D codes.
The future has a home: 4D SICK is combining a wide range of identification and machine vision solutions under the umbrella of the pro 4D. The connection technology, user interface and accessory concept of the solutions are uniform. This also means that all sensors, including accessories, are compatible with each other. This reduces the number of components required and offers precisely the flexibility needed for efficient automation – with minimal integration work and lower storage costs. pro
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