HARTING announces that its new RF-R3x0 UHF RFID reader offers flexibility in deployment. The maker says the new reader is versatile and combines software flexibility with an extremely robust and compact design enabling its deployment in a wide range of application scenarios.
The company say it holds a lot of its thanks to the use of M12 industrial connectors and aluminium die-cast housings. The reader itself is rugged enough to meet the most demanding requirements – as found in railway applications, for example – while the flexible software concept means that a few clicks are all it takes to switch the unit to a completely different application.
The company say that typical applications might range from a simple PLC connection to the integration of signals with an ERP system or a connection to a train control system.
The UHF RFID reader is based on four basic versions: the LLRP 1.1, which is also designed to connect to the HARTING Ha-VIS middleware; a unit with OPC UA support that meets the Companion Specification for Auto ID Devices for uniform connection to ERP and PLC systems; a Modbus TCP version for easy connection to PLC systems (which is also suitable for communication with older PLC systems); and a version containing embedded middleware for complete standards-based data pre-processing. The maker says various communication facilities such as web services, database connections, UDP and TCP telegrams are available for configuration.
HARTING recognises that such latter capabilities make it very easy to create additional project-based or industry-specific solutions; adding that, thanks to the software container concept of the HARTING MICA industrial computer platform – which serves as the basis of the new Ha-VIS RF-R3x0 reader family – there are virtually no limitations on the system’s versatility. Whether HARTING’s own extensions, for example the interpretation of the sensor data from a HARTING ETB sensor transponder or extensions created by system integrators – the diversity of applications knows no bounds.
For an easy start to a new project, the maker says its Ha-VIS RF-R300 contains all the basic functions listed above for testing. These can then be activated or licensed in an application-specific manner.