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Frequently Asked Questions on RFID (Part 1)

Posted by Klaus Schmitt on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

General questions about RFID technology

1. What is RFID?

RFID stands for “ radio frequency identification” and refers to technologies that use radio waves to identify objects or people automatically. RFID makes use of the so-called “air interface,” transmitting electromagnetic waves through the air. Typically, a serial number or other product- /object-related information (“identifier”) is stored on a microchip. This chip is attached to an antenna that enables the chip to transfer the information needed for identification to a reading device. The combination of antenna and chip is called an “ RFID tag” or “ RFID transponder.”
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Topics: RFID

5 Reasons to Use Industrial RFID in Your Meat Processing Plant

Posted by Bill DeCarlo on Fri, Feb 05, 2016

When you want to handle identification applications within meat processing facilities, there are numerous challenges you have to overcome:

  • Track & trace products through the entire facility
  • Track products through multiple processes
  • Trace products across various routing channels
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Topics: Applications, RFID

Tag, You’re It: 4 Ways to Choose an RFID Data Carrier

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Wed, Nov 25, 2015

How do you choose an RFID tag?  Below are four factors to consider.

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Topics: RFID

Industrial UHF RFID Easily Integrates into Studio 5000 Logix Designer

Posted by Tim Cicerchi on Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Industrial RFID systems are not that difficult to use. If you use a UHF RFID system, however, the complexity is increased.  The reason is because of the overall large amount of possible data sets that can be retrieved and sent to the user.  Below is a video on how to integrate our UHF RFID systems into an Allen-Bradley PLC using Studio 5000®.

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Topics: RFID, Software

Boosting Productivity with the Help of Laser Barcode Scanners

Posted by Tim Cicerchi on Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Laser barcode scanners have been used in material handling applications for decades.  It is an integral part of routing boxes down a conveyor line.  The production of products such as liquid soaps, lotions, and shampoo will use barcode readers also.  They are used in two places.  First, to read the pallets of raw material bottles at the beginning of the production line, then secondly, at the end of the line after barcodes are applied to the bottles.  The barcode readers have to read at very high read rates of over 200 bottles per minute.

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Topics: Applications, RFID, Laser Sensors

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 10

Posted by John Appleson on Fri, Jun 19, 2015

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

  1. What lengths of WCS absolute linear encoder system rails are available, and how do they connect?
  2. We are designing a cargo door locking system that has to be tamperproof. Would RFID technology work for this application?
  3. I was planning to use photoelectric sensors for people detection in a specific area. Which photoeye should I use?
  4. How do the wires connect in cable connector 42308C?
  5. How do I incorporate an AS-Interface network into an Allen-Bradley PLC?
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Topics: AS-Interface, Photoelectric Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID, Positioning Systems

Industry 4.0 Comes to Hannover Fair 2015

Posted by Patricia Stafford on Wed, Apr 01, 2015

The Internet of Things is an up-and-coming technology which is set to transform the way we live. Simply put, it allows machines to communicate directly with each other over the Internet. This connection between machines will lead to greater convenience and efficiency based on a more rapid exchange of information. Everyday examples might include a car telling a garage door when to open or close, a stove turning itself on to boil a pot of tea that will be ready for you when you come home from work, a timer setting thermostats, and your refrigerator letting you know when you’re running low on groceries.

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Topics: Terminology, Ultrasonic Sensors, HART, Photoelectric Sensors, Hazardous Area Enclosures/ Equipment, RFID

Industrial RFID: UHF Parameters Revealed

Posted by Tim Cicerchi on Wed, Jan 21, 2015

A UHF RFID system is a bit more more complicated to configure and set up than an inductive short-range RFID system.  The Pepperl+Fuchs IUH-F190-V1-FR2-02 read head is a UHF head that makes many of the tough decisions for you.  You don’t need to know about anti-collision algorithms, sessions, inventory queries, or select flags.  We use simple concepts and a reduced parameter list to make it easy for anyone to set up an RFID system.

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Topics: Troubleshooting, RFID, Software

Ask an Expert Industrial Sensors - Episode 6

Posted by John Appleson on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

This episode of Ask an Expert for industrial sensors examines and provides answers to interesting sensing questions we've received from customers just like you. We explore and answer these questions:

1. I'm looking for an ultrasonic distance sensor to beam a signal to the top of a heavy steel column on an elevator (6 meters height). The column base might have some slack jerk. Can fog, gas, vapor, or loud noises affect the ultrasonic sensor?

2. I need updated software to program UC3000 ultrasonic sensors. Is there an update that will allow us to set up these sensors in a Windows 7 program?

3. I would like an ultrasonic sensor that can reliably detect falling objects in a harsh environment (mining operation). We are trying to set off an alarm when there is rock-fall.

4. I have an RFID controller IC-KP-B17-AIDA1 with 4 read heads. We are hooking them up to a 24 VDC power supply and need to know what size/type of fuse to put on the incoming side?

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Topics: Ultrasonic Sensors, Ask an Expert, RFID

High-Capacity RFID Tags

Posted by Tim Cicerchi on Thu, Nov 06, 2014

Industrial RFID systems are composed of a read head, controller, and transponder.  The transponders, or tags, are used to carry information from one process to another.  The RFID tags could require a fixed pallet number that is programmed once, a fixed unique identifier that can’t be written such as a license plate, or a large database of information that describes everything about a specific part or manufacturing process.  This post focuses on high-capacity tag databases.

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Topics: RFID

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