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By Rich Handley

Siemens' New RFID Readers for Flexible Applications

Siemens has modernized its Simatic RF300 RFID system by adding three new readers to the product line: the RF310R, the RF340R and the RF350R. These readers are integrated into the company's Simatic Step 7 engineering systems and TIA Portal, Siemens reports, in order to make commissioning easy.

The new devices offer an additional transponder protocol (air interface) for MOBY E transponders (Mifare Classic and ISO 14443 A), with automatic recognition of various types of transponder (RF300, ISO 15693 and Mifare Classic). This makes migration from old systems easier, according to the company, and paves the way for new applications. The compact system is designed for controlling and optimizing material flow in industrial production, such as in closely packed assembly lines and workpiece holder systems.

Siemens' RF340R reader
The new reader generation can be seamlessly integrated into Simatic controllers. It is fully compatible with Siemens' existing RF300 product family, not only mechanically (dimensions and mounting holes) and electrically (power supply and interfaces), but also for systems integration (application software, function blocks and communication modules). For migration, old MOBY I systems need only have the readers and transponders replaced. MOBY E systems can be expanded with RF300 readers, Siemens reports, enabling MOBY E installations to be converted cost-effectively without the need to replace the transponders.

A user-friendly setup helps users find the optimal position for the antenna to achieve high reliability, especially in metallic environments. In this way, users can optimize the reader transponder's position during installation and commissioning, without requiring additional equipment. Both the RF310R and RF340R models have an integrated antenna, while an external antenna can be connected to the RF350R. Antennas are available in various shapes and sizes to suit a user's particular application.

According to Siemens, further devices and functions of the Simatic RF300 RFID system will be modernized at a later date.

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