Tool-ID and workpiece tracking come together

RFID systems with various frequency ranges are finding increasing use in modern production and assembly plants. Each system is designed for different applications. Low-frequency (LF) systems are suited mainly for applications in metallic surroundings. High-frequency (HF) systems are the ideal choice where a greater read/write distance and high speed are paramount. Since each system until now required its own RFID controller type, this was not only cumbersome but also expensive for the user. With the BIS V All-in-One RFID processor from Balluff the situation has changed. This model represents the best of both worlds, since it allows up to four read/write heads to be operated simultaneously regardless of whether LF or HF.
Support is provided for the BIS M (13.56 MHz, ISO-standard), BIS L (125 kHz) and BIS C (70/455 kHz), and UHF (868/928 MHz). Just one version of the RFID processor is all that is needed to handle many tasks in parallel and simultaneously. This makes the new controller an important component for Industry 4.0.
The goal of Industry 4.0 is the smart, adaptive factory with short changeover times and decentralized control for achieving short throughput times and delivery deadlines. But it also means having all the relevant information available in a highly automated process in real time. Parts find their way independently through production systems while individualized parts down to lot size 1 can be manufactured quickly and cost-effectively for the prices of a mass-produced product. RFID is a key underlying technology here, since it offers uninterrupted documentation and provides data for controlling the automation of the entire production process.
And the good news: You don't have to wait for it any longer. It is all possible today using existing technology, ready to use for Industry 4.0. Workpiece tracking and Tool-ID represent such examples.

Two techniques – one technology

For example, a well-known automobile manufacturer is using RFID identification systems in his engine plant both for workpiece tracking and tool management. Their modern production techniques with increasing volumes, high workloads and shorter production times require the reliable identification of components to be manufactured as well as the dependable classification of machines and production data.
Up to four read/write heads can be operated simultaneously with the new All-in-One RFID processor
Tool-ID supports condition-based maintenance and provides more transparency in tool handling
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