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New range of RFID antennas operates over IO-Link

13 November 2018

ifm electronic now offers simple radio-frequency identification over IO-Link.

With a wide range of IO-Link sensors, the company has also been supplying RFID systems for several years, so it says it makes sense to combine the technologies. 

The latest range of RFID antennas covers nine housing variants and combines robust designs with ratings to IP69K and -20 to 60°C. They also complement the ifm's range of RFID, creating solutions suitable for applications from tooling to conveying. Easy integration of the new RFID antennas via IO-Link opens up new opportunities. 

The new antennae are especially suited to the identification of workpiece carriers in conveyor technology, when only a small amount of data needs to be transmitted.

The new antennas demonstrate ifm’s competence as a supplier of both identification systems and IO-Link, providing masters, sensors and software from a single source. Depending on the version, the IO-Link masters have an EtherCAT, Profibus, Ethernet TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP or ProfiNet interface for communication to the PLC. On the RFID side, they can be used with all RFID tags to HF standard ISO 15693, handling 32 bytes of process data and 28 bytes of user data.