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By Beth Bacheldor

Balluff Upgrades BIS V Industrial RFID System

Balluff, the U.S. subsidiary of Germany's Balluff GmbH, has released a new version of its BIS V industrial RFID system. Capable of reading three different frequencies of RFID tags, the system now includes support for a BIS C (70/455 kHz) read-write head, in addition to BIS M (13.56 MHz), BIS L (125 kHz) and BIS VM high-speed read-write heads, which are capable of reading 128-kilobyte 13.56 MHz tags very quickly, according to Balluff. BIS V is designed to address the challenges of a flexible manufacturing environment, the company reports.

Balluff's Bis V processor
The Balluff BIS V processor features an IP 65 rating, meaning that testing has confirmed it to be dustproof and waterproof, and it can be mounted directly on a production line instead of employees having to make long runs back to a control cabinet. The processor has four dedicated RFID ports and one IO-Link master port, enabling it to connect with sensors, actuators and SmartLight tower lights. The four read-write heads can operate simultaneously, and each connected read-write head indicates its status and operating state via two LEDs. The multiple heads were designed to address applications in which a part or pallet must be read on-the-fly, Balluff explains, since they can transfer a relatively large amount of data very quickly. In addition, there are multiple form factors available that allow mounting in the tightest of spaces.

The BIS V can connect to all major control systems. Since the processor houses a network In and Out port, the company says, the network can be configured in multiple topologies and make a single connection back to the PLC via Ethernet/IP, Profinet, Profibus, CC-Link or Ethercat.

"The BIS V is like the Swiss Army Knife of RFID," said Wolfgang Kratzenberg, Balluff's marketing manager for industrial identification, in a prepared statement. "Our customers will be able to address a variety of applications with one system. Whether it is standard pallet tracking on a conveyor, high-speed tracking through a transfer system, or machine tool identification, they will be able to do it all and then some with the BIS V."

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