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By Rich Handley

iDTRONIC Offers HF Mid-Range Reader Module With SMA Antenna

iDTRONIC has announced its HF Mid-Range M500 integrated module, which measures 10.95 centimeters by 6 centimeters by 1.7 centimeters. An integrated SMA antenna port can be connected to a variety of HF antennas. The HF Mid-Range M500 module is suitable for applications in industrial automation, retail and access control, the company reports.

The module is equipped with a 15-volt DC power supply, comes with various interface options, such as TTL or RS232, and operates at the 13.56 MHz HF frequency. It can read tags and transponders according to the ISO 15693 and ISO 18000-3 standards, with a read range of up to 40 centimeters. An integrated anti-collision function can interrogate up to 30 tags or transponders simultaneously.

A software development kit and configuration tool for Microsoft Windows operating systems is provided, as well as an OS-independent command protocol. Adjustments of firmware and hardware are possible upon request for a particular project. The module can be implemented within industrial-automation processes. Robot arms or an entire automated process can be controlled via this compact embedded module.

On long automation lines, the company notes, accurate identification of components for an end-product is vital. RFID technology allows an individual transponder to be attached to each component, ensuring that the correct part is provided to a product at each section of automation. Failures and incorrect product combinations can thus be avoided.

If a product requires several screws, the module identifies these in the scope of up to 30 pieces per bulk acquisition. This saves time within the production process, according to the company. Additionally, the module is suited for environments containing high temperatures, such as in welding shops. The HF Mid-Range Module M500 can withstand temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius.

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