IDENTControl Compact is comprised of one- and
two-head RFID controller solutions offering easy integration of RFID into
common PLC networks. This product family
uses a metal housing offering the highest level of noise immunity and
robustness. Complementing the company's
four-head IDENT Control solution the compact
housing is four times smaller while still enabling users to connect all
read/write heads, even with different frequency ranges, to a single control
interface. Pepperl+Fuchs' RFID connectivity for Ethernet and PROFIBUS systems
was historically limited to four-head RFID
controllers. The new one- and two-head RFID controllers
are designed for space-limited installations requiring only one or two heads,
while providing a more distributed RFID control
system for larger installations. Read heads can come back to
their own controller rather than be consolidated into four-head controller
blocks. These Ethernet controllers have additional features including two
onboard Ethernet connectors with a built-in switch. This allows for multiple Ethernet topologies;
ring topologies are especially interesting because they incorporate media
redundancy. If the ring is broken for
whatever reason the communication path is rerouted to keep the system up and
running. The same controller supports
all common Industrial Ethernet protocols, including Ethernet/IP, PROFINET,
Modbus/TCP, and TCP/IP. One model covers
all protocols, customers and applications. All of the IDENTControl Compact
controllers have IP67 quick disconnects so they can be mounted where required -
in a panel or out in the field - without switching hardware. All IDENTControl read heads -
including low-frequency 125 kHz for machine tooling, high-frequency 13.56 MHz
for pallet tracking and logistics, and microwave 2.45 GHz for automotive
applications,can be connected, so applications are limitless.
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