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Balluff presents the BIS V processor which is designed to offer frequency-dependent use for the first time.
The new processor meets the needs of modern production and assembly plants where RFID systems with various read/write distances and resulting frequency ranges are finding increasing use.
Featuring a compact processor unit, which is available for every commonly used bus system in the world, the processor allows up to four read/write heads to be connected. Both HF (13.56 MHz) in accordance with ISO 15693 and ISO 14443 as well as LF (40…455 kHz) read heads can be connected simultaneously from the front via plug-and-play.
The processor also allows UHF antennas to be integrated for the short range band. A single controller type is sufficient for setting up a continuous RFID structure within (from unfinished parts delivery and manufacturing to shipping). This results in savings on hardware and installation.
An IO-Link master port is also included as standard for connecting IO-Link compatible sensors and actuators, allowing the RFID processors to go beyond the actual identification role and to send signals cost-effectively.
The processor can be used in several typical application areas. For instance, it can be used in identification tasks for material flow control in production systems.
The Wenglor True Colour Sensor OFP401P0189 can detect extremely fine colour shades quicker and more accurately then the human eye.
The colour sensors can be used for a number of applications. They are suitable for the detection of colour markings on print marks, labels and packages.
They can sort objects according to colour and check colour values for paint operations. They can also monitor how ripe fruit is, can measure colours in printing processes and have a LED function control. They can basically be used anywhere where colours or contrasts need to be detected.
The sensors can pick up colours in just 60 seconds. They can evaluate up to three colours at the same time with 3 switching outputs and 2 digital inputs. They supply RGB, XYZ or HSL colour values via the RS-232 port, and the settings can be configured via the teach-in function or teach2 software.
The sensor can accurately detect objects over large working ranges, due to its single-lens optics. The configurable emitted light and graphic display allows for easy use.
The values produced by the sensor can be read out via the interface or digital switching outputs. The sensor also has a password protection to offer security against unauthorised access.