The DTE102 Ethernet RFID controller from ifm electronic and the associated antennae complement a long list of radio-frequency identification devices from this automation equipment manufacturer.
ifm electronic now supplies RFID in a variety of guises for different installations and purposes. If a simple work piece carrier is needed, the AS-interface-based DTA system is easy to use. This consists of nothing more than read or read/write heads with a built-in AS-i chip, so they can easily be added to an existing AS-interface, or an RFID set-up can be created using the simple AS-interface two-core cable and master / gateway, which itself is stand-alone or links seamlessly into a higher level bus. For more complex systems handling greater amounts of data over longer distances and with the ability to read multiple tags, ifm electronic offers the DTE800/900 system. This UHF system is offered in two variants to comply with frequency allocations in the European and North American markets.
Now the the DTE102 can accept antennae working in the 125kHz or 13.56MHz ranges. These antennae, such as the ANT410, or ANT512 are designed in the same package as ifm's inductive sensors, so are suited to harsh industrial usage.
One major highlight of the DTE102, (following the DTE100 with Profibus) is the built-in Ethernet/IP for connection to several common PLC systems. Additionally, the DTE102 has its own web server on board, allowing the user to remotely access the device via an http address.
The four sockets on the DTE102 are designed for the connection of antennae, but can alternatively be used for digital inputs or outputs. An unused antenna connection can accept two digital inputs, or switch one actuator, allowing simultaneous "mixed operation" of antennas, digital sensors and actuators. Even power up to 1A is supplied via the DTE102, keeping the wiring to a minimum.
For further information about DTE102 Ethernet RFID controller go to www.ifm-electronic.co.uk.