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By Rich Handley

iDTronic Intros Reader-Writer for Industrial IoT

The Bluebox Micro IA UHF is a new reading and writing device in iDTronic's Bluebox line, and is designed for Industry 4.0 and IoT applications requiring intelligent solutions and easy integration. The compact and small shape design (12.0 centimeters by 12.2 centimeters by 3.7 centimeters), the company reports, is suitable for industrial applications in logistics, robotics and assembly line production.

The reader comes with an RS-232 COM interface. This serial port is suitable for connection to monitors, point-of-sale terminals, measuring instruments and printers. Furthermore, the device is equipped with an RS-485 interface. The asynchronous serial connection is suitable for data communication over long distances. It is a bidirectional bus system that can be operated with up to 128 devices on a single bus.

The reader is equipped with an industrial M12 connector and has a power supply of 10 to 36 volts. The output line is up to 27 dBm / 500 mW. The power can be regulated from 10 dBm in 1-dBm steps. The reader is intended for automation processes within various applications.

The Bluebox Micro IA UHF is equipped with an internal antenna, enabling the reader to achieve a reading range of up to 3 meters. The reader operates in the UHF frequency range (865 to 868 MHz). Optionally, the reader can also operate at the UHF frequency of 902 to 928 MHz. Both frequencies support the ISO 18000-6C standard (EPC Class 1 Gen 2), using Alien Higgs 2/3/4, Impinj Monza, NXP UCODE and many other tag types.

The Bluebox Micro IA UHF is suitable for Industrial 4.0 automation processes in automotive production, the company reports. With IP65 protection, the reader can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to +85 degrees Celsius. The reader can be mounted via prefabricated drill holes, even outside the production line. With its 3-meter reading range, parts can be assigned contact-free within the chassis production up to the exterior equipment.

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