Turck Australia have expanded their BL ident RFID product portfolio with the release of a Simple RFID (RFID-S) slice for their BL20 modular I/O system. Each RFID-S slice contains two channels of RFID. Additional RFID slices, as well as traditional discrete and analogue I/O slices, may be added to the system, as it allows the combination on the same node on the network.
The flexible design facilitates the integration of RFID into both new and existing systems. The RFID-S slice does not require special software for integration into a PLC system, further simplifying the entire process. According to Turck Australia, if users can program a push button to turn on a pilot light, they can then program Turck’s RFID system.
The RFID-S slice is compatible with Turck Australia’s IP 20 rated BL20 non-programmable and programmable gateways, available for use on PROFIBUS-DP, PROFINET, DeviceNet, Modbus TCP/IP and EtherNet/IP networks. All RFID channels operate in parallel, so there is no time delay during communication between the tag and the read/write head, optimising production speeds. The RFID-S slice is designed with digitised communication, allowing up to a 50mm separation between the transceiver and slice without noise induction to ensure clear and unobstructed application results.