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Turck reveals new CODESYS-programmable RFID interface module ••• Smartrac to showcase temperature sensor portfolio ••• MSM Solutions launches RFID and bar-code website ••• AIM, AIM North America invite 2018 awards nominations ••• Computype invests new resources to develop RFID technology.
By Rich Handley
Sep 28, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Turck; Smartrac; MSM Solutions; AIM; and Computype.

Turck Reveals New CODESYS-Programmable RFID Interface Module

Turck has introduced its TBEN-L-RFID interface module with PLC capabilities via CODESYS, to streamline RFID integration and data processing in HF and UHF applications. The compact module's controller function can filter and pre-process RFID data and link to broader control operations, enabling high-speed dynamic or multi-tag RFID applications.

The TBEN-L-RFID's design makes this module suitable for retrofitting RFID applications, the company reports. An IP67 rating allows its use outside a cabinet, and actuators and sensors can be connected via HF and UHF RFID read-write heads simultaneously. These features reduce the installation and wiring efforts required for industrial identification solutions.

"This device expands on the powerful combination of advanced features and simplistic integration in our recently released ultracompact TBEN-S-RFID interface," said Don Eichman, Turck's fieldbus technology product manager, in a prepared statement. "The new TBEN-L-RFID offers our users a fully programmable package, with ample RFID and I/O to meet the majority of industrial applications all while staying outside of the cabinet."

For additional flexibility, users can set the multiprotocol device to an Ethernet protocol—PROFINET, EtherNet/IP or Modbus TCP—via the CODESYS environment. The module offers 256 MB of flash memory and runs on an 800 MHz CPU, which accesses a 128 MB DDR3-RAM. It is connected via an M12 connector to the Ethernet layer, with power supplied via a 7/8-inch connector.

The TBEN-Lx-4RFID-8DXP-CDS offers four RFID ports for HF or UHF readers, as well as eight universal DXP I/Os for sensors or actuators. The TBEN-S-RFID contains two RFID ports and four configurable digital I/O points for external devices, as well as an IP67 rating for integration into existing applications.

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