Compact RFID readers have standard interface

Simatic RF200 is a compact RFID system that consists of cost-effective HF-readers, especially designed for intra logistics and small assembly lines, with an IO-Link interface.


Simatic RF200 is a compact RFID system that consists of cost-effective HF-readers, especially designed for intra logistics and small assembly lines. Courtesy: SiemensSiemens 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.


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