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Powerful Profinet communication for RFID applications


Erlangen, Mar 1, 2006, Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) has developed two new communication modules for connecting RFID read/write devices to Profinet communication networks. With the Simatic RF180C module, the read/write devices are connected direct to Profinet, and with the Simatic RF170C, the connection is established via the Simatic ET 200pro distributed I/O device. The primary application areas are in mechanical equipment manufacture, conveyor technology, assembly lines in the automobile and supplier industries, and in small assembly lines.

The read/write devices of all RFID systems can be operated on the new communication modules, and the high degree of protection IP67 enables installation outside the control cabinet, direct in the field. Integrated connections guarantee fast startup. Full software compatibility enables simple migration from Profibus to Profinet.

The RF170C is integrated into the Simatic Step7 engineering system using the Object Manager, and for other automation systems, a GSD (generic station description) file is available. With RF180C, a GSDML (GSD Markup Language) file is always used.

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Reference number / Informationsnummer: A&D PT 200602.1019 e


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