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Simple communication via Ethernet in RFID applications using TCP/IP


The Siemens Industry Automation Division has developed a new communication module for the connection of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) read/write devices to Ethernet. The primary application areas of the Simatic RF182C module are in machine building, conveyor systems, assembly lines in the automotive and supplier industries as well as in ancillary assembly lines. The new product is designed for Ethernet communication by means of TCP/IP protocol and supplements the modules already available for Profibus and Profinet.

The new Simatic RF182C communications module is suitable for the read/write devices of all RFID systems except Moby R. The high IP67 degree of protection facilitates distributed installation outside the control cabinet directly in the plant process and rapid commissioning is possible with the plug-in connection technology. Up to two RFID read/write devices can be connected in parallel to the basic unit. The RF182C can be integrated in the field level using one of three different technologies - the RJ45 push-pull plug, M12 7/8 5-pin or M12 7/8 4-pin connection blocks.

Simatic RF182C is programmed with standard XML commands. This means the communication module can be easily integrated in a PC environment or connected to commercially available controllers. Since the Ethernet parameterization is stored in the connection block, the user can simply replace the basic unit in case of servicing without interrupting the network.

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The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 222,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted in fiscal year 2008 a profit of EUR3.86 billion with revenues totalling EUR38 billion.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg, Germany) is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to solutions for whole industrial sectors that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services. With around 42,900 employees worldwide Siemens Industry Automation achieved in fiscal year 2008 total sales of EUR8.7 billion.


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