01 September 2011
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RFID for tracking components during manufacture

An Allen-Bradley radio frequency identification, which is based on the open 13.56MHz I-Code standard, delivers a rugged plant floor RFID solution for both tracking and real-time localised data storage, with seamless data communication from shop floor to enterprise systems.

What is more, its use of an open standard provides much more flexibility for expansion and integration.

Industrial Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems have emerged as a rugged and reliable way to track and document products as they move through the manufacturing process. Unlike barcode systems used for similar, less demanding applications, industrial RFID systems are designed to withstand harsh environments. Plus, reusable read/write tags allow for flexibility in information and application.

Designed to address these needs, the 56RF modular system, which is available from Rockwell Automation, comprises Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock interfaces, transceivers (read/write heads) in sensor housings and a wide selection of re-usable data carrier tags in different styles for standard and special environments. Flexibility and scalability is maximised as ArmorBlock units offer interfaces for one or two RFID channels, standard I/Os and embedded Ethernet switches with device level ring (DLR) function in order to save wiring and installation costs.

Rockwell tell us that applications sure to benefit from this new system will include asset tracking; tracking and tracing of raw material, parts, trays, bins, work piece carriers, tooling and containers; intelligent object routing and automotive body assembly, paint and body shops.

Paul Gay

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