RFID Sensor – the SICK RFU61x, Big Ability in a Small Package

What is RFID Technology?

RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is a method of transferring information between two entities, these being an RFID tag that carries information and a RFID scanner or reader to decode that data. Using electromagnetic field technology, when an item adorned with an RFID tag passes a suitable scanner that information is captured, extracted, and acted upon, or not, by the control system that is interpreting the data.

RFID tags and readers do not need a line of sight to function, they merely need to pass within the detecting range of each other. RFID Sensor tags can be found in many applications, such as attached to clothing in a store, under the skin to identify pet ownership, in a car key fob or in production operations, monitoring the progress of a product through each stage of manufacture, all of them containing data that is accessible by a suitable reader.

RFID technology exists in many forms and for many purposes and SICK, world-renowned manufacturers of sensors and sensing solutions are no strangers to RFID technology, here we preview the RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor.

The RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor, Small and Powerful

The RFU61x RFID Sensor from SICK, is one of the smallest read/write device of its type on the market, ideally suited for IIoT applications involving the identification of production workpieces or components.

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

The diminutive stature of this RFID Sensor enables versatile application possibilities even in the most limited installation spaces, and the rugged design provides reliable operation even in demanding industrial environments.

Installation is quick and easy thanks to the integrated process logic which means data gathered by the sensor can be processed directly within the device itself, performing triggering, reading, and writing which is passed onto the control system for interpretation.

Easy to connect, the RFU61x has a wide range of interface options allowing for the direct connection of trigger sensors meaning this capable RFID Sensor can be used as a remote, self-supporting unit.

 

The RFU61x UHF RFID Sensor – Packed with Features:

  • Extremely compact design, ideal for demanding environments
  • Frequency band UHF 860 – 960 MHz (region specific)
  • Read range up to 0.5 metres (depending on transponder and ambient conditions)
  • Connection option for trigger sensors
  • Connectivity – Ethernet (TCP/IP, PoE, OPC UA), Profinet, EtherNet/IP, USB
  • Link option to PC control systems or directly to the cloud
  • Antenna and data processing integrated in the sensor
  • Configuration via SOPAS ET and/or AppSpace Software or integrated web server
  • Rugged design in accordance with IP67
  • Large range of differing region-specific radio approval versions available

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

Configuration and set-up can be simplified further by using the free-to-download SICK SOPAS ET software or the integrated web server which helps reduce commissioning time. The versatile SICK APPSpace software (available via a monthly licence), which can also be used with other SICK Radio Frequency Units (RFU), helps provide users with maximum flexibility when programming. The RFU61X is available in a range of radio approval variants to cater for the individual broadcasting demands of specific countries and regions.

 

Typical Fields of Application

  • Component identification on assembly lines
  • Identification of production material in machines
  • Load identification on mobile platforms
  • Material procurement in E-Kanban
  • Container identification in conveyor systems

 

RFID Sensor Technical Data

  • Supply voltage 18 to 30 VDC
  • RFID standard EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Generation 2, ISO/IEC 18000-6 C
  • Modulation – PR-ASK, Read range ≤ 0.5 m
  • Integrated antenna, adjustable transmitting power, circular polarisation
  • Housing construction – die cast aluminium
  • Dimensions (L x W x H) 92 mm x 80 mm x 38 mm
  • Optical indicators 4 LEDs, multi-colour (device status), 4 RGB LED (Process feedback)
  • Memory card type – microSD (for parameter cloning, data storage)
  • Protection class III
  • Weight 313 g

RFID Sensor SICK RFU61x

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APM-MAX 21 and 23 Panel Meters, Process Signal & Power Monitoring in Full Colour!

The APM-MAX 21 and MAX 23 panel meters have been designed especially for engineers who need an effective way to monitor and display a range of power monitoring, process signals and analogue data. The capable metes combine the instant visual representation of an analogue meter with the unrivalled speed and accuracy of a digital meter. Accepting a wide range of electrical inputs, the APM-MAX 21 and 23 Panel Meters can display essential data via their full colour RGB LCD in a positive or negative format.

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Feature packed,  including:

  • 16 million colour, RGB display, back light
  • 60 segment curve bar graph with programmable scale
  • 2 independent alarm set points
  • Combined digital and bar graph display
  • Positive or negative display type
  • Programmable 4-digit starburst display, custom messages and annunciators
  • 2 digital outputs, 1 analogue output
  • Modbus, RTU comms with optional TCP/IP connectivity
  • Selectable to measure voltage, current, frequency or watts

 

The MAX 23 is ideal for use as a process meter or a shunt meter, perfect for low-voltage applications, while the MAX 21 is perfect for measuring amps, voltage, frequency and power in high voltage applications.

Easy to configure, you can plug your APM-MAX 21, or MAX 23 into a computer using a USB cable and easily upload and download new configurations using the free-to-download configuration software.

Versatile and dependable, the MAX 21 and Max 23, with a 25% larger screen than the standard APM Panel Meters, are easily installed into electrical cabinets and display panels and come as standard with two digital inputs and one serial input providing a capable colourful solution for your power display needs.

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The APM-Max 21 Full Colour Panel Meter

AMP MAX 21

The APM-MAX M21, with either a negative or positive full colour RGB display, can be configured to measure amps, voltage, frequency or power (Watts, VA, VAR & Power Factor) and almost any analogue signals and feature an array of configuration options, ideal for high voltage industrial and commercial applications.

 

APM-Max 21 Panel Meter Specifications

  • Full-colour, 4 digit, RGB backlight for endless configuration options
  • Positive or negative LCD display options, 2-line display
  • Measures and displays amps, voltage, frequency, power,  analogue signals
  • Frequency 0-400 Hz, Input range (V1) 0 – 600 VDC/AC (47-63 Hz)
  • Current input range, direct- 0-5 A DC/AC (45-65 Hz), with shunt 0-500 mV DC
  • Outputs – 1) digital (open collector), 2) digital (open collector), 3) Analogue (4-20 mA)
  • Power measurement – Watts, VA & Power Factor
  • Accuracy (DC & Frequency) 0.1%, AC – 0.5%, RMS display modes
  • Power supply – 100-240 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions 108 x 108 x 45 mm, Screen size 81.5 x 66 mm
  • Certifications – CE, cUL, UL

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The APM-Max 23 Full Colour Panel Meter

APM MAX 23

The APM MAX 23 is an all-round panel meter with endless configuration options. This panel meter, with positive or negative full colour RGB display and Modbus RTU communication as standard and optional TCP/IP, can be configured as a process meter or a shunt meter for multiple low voltage applications, ideal for monitoring almost any analogue signals.

APM-Max 23 Panel Meter Specifications

  • Full-colour, 4 digit, RGB backlight for endless configuration options
  • Positive or negative LCD display options, 2-line display
  • Monitor universal process signals such as 0-10 V and 4-20 mA
  • Frequency 0-400 Hz, Input range (V1) 0-10 VDC, input range (V2) 0-5 A DC
  • Current input range, direct – 0 -50 mA DC, with shunt – 0-500 mV DC
  • Outputs – 1) digital (open collector), 2) digital (open collector), 3) Analogue (4-20 mA)
  • Accuracy (DC & Frequency) 0.1%, AC – 0.5%, RMS display modes
  • Power supply – 100-240 Vac, 50-60 Hz
  • Dimensions 108 x 108 x 45 mm, Screen size 81.5 x 66 mm
  • Certifications – CE, cUL, UL

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Contact Kempston Controls today to and let us help you choose which APM MAX Panel Meter is suitable for your application. Call us on +44 (0) 1933 411 411, email us at sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk, or use the enquiry form below.

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RocketLinx – Industry 4.0 Ethernet Switches you can depend on from Pepperl + Fuchs

Dependable production and industrial processes rely upon a whole series of activities and events to take place concurrently when required, from the press tool forming component parts to film packaging machines at the end of a conveyor. Ensuring these events occur when they should typically relies upon digital communication between the various mechanisms at play such as PLCs, computerised monitoring systems and the machines themselves.

Industrial ethernet has a long-established history of providing reliable and dependable factory floor communication in numerous industries and applications.  When a demanding working environment calls for an capable industry 4.0 ethernet installation solution the RocketLinx Range, designed by Pepperl + Fuchs, is the perfect go-to solution which is available to buy from Kempston Controls.

Meeting and exceeding digital communication demands

Pepperl + Fuchs RocketLinx Ethernet Switches have been designed to meet the demanding requirements of industrial ethernet networking and industry 4.0. This impressive offering consists of managed and unmanaged industrial Gigabit and Fast Ethernet switches to suit numerous applications and budgets.

RocketLinx Communication

RocketLinx switches are robust, with a rugged metal construction, (either steel or aluminium depending on the model) which increases thermal conductivity and heat dissipation, extending operating temperature ranges. The slim, space-saving design of these ethernet switches allows for easy integration within control cabinets and panels, while compliance with industry standards including Class I, Div 2, CE, FCC, and UL508 ensure safety and reliability.

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Unmanaged Ethernet Switches

  • Cost-efficient -industrial-grade solution
  • Simple plug-and-play network expansion at the field level

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Managed Ethernet switches

  • Rapid reliable expansion of Ethernet connectivity, Industry 4.0 ready
  • Advanced management, security, network redundancy, mission-critical reliability

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Reliable Industrial Communications

These capable Ethernet switches combine reliable and cost-efficient RJ45 connections for short distance communication and SFP fibre ports for areas with high electronic noise or for long distance communication up to 120 km. Ideal for PROFINET IO and EtherNet IP, Industry 4.0 applications.

RocketLinx CommunicationDepending on your installations requirements the connections can be individually tailored to the network application. Even if the configuration needs to be adjusted due to network infrastructure changes, hot-swappable SFPs allow for individual transceivers to be replaced rather than the entire switch.

 

 

 

 

RocketLinx Security and Performance Features

  • Improve reliability and supports deployment in a wide range of industrial environments
  • Incorporated VLAN support for network segmentation enhances security and performance
  • Redundant power inputs offer guaranteed uptime in the event of a power supply failure
  • Rapid Spanning Tree and ring protocols, loops are eliminated and network redundancy is established
  • Built-in configurable alarm relay provides on-site notifications for port link and power events

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Configuration Software

PortVision DX is free software from Pepperl + Fuchs, that allows you to configure network settings of all of their managed Ethernet switches within the network. In addition to simplified configuration, this software also provides real-time monitoring and diagnostics of connected switches and easy firmware updates.

 

Kempston Controls has a long-established relationship with Pepperl + Fuchs which gives us access to the RocketLinx range along with their entire product portfolio. Speak to us today either by phone on +44 (0) 1933 411 411, email via sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk or using the contact form below. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and help you ensure that your new installation or retrofitting project goes exactly as planned.

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Talking Intrinsically Safe with the Ex-Handy DZ Feature Phones

When it comes to mobile communication in dangerous working environments where there may be a chance that an errant spark or excessive heat could ignite a volatile atmosphere, your mobile communication device needs to be intrinsically safe.

What are intrinsically safe devices?

Intrinsically safe devices are defined as: ‘Equipment and wiring that is incapable of releasing sufficient electrical or thermal energy under normal operating conditions that could lead to the ignition of a specific hazardous atmospheric mixture in an easily ignited concentration’.  It stands to reason that in environmental conditions like these the equipment used in those areas will need to certified to specific intrinsically safe directives such as ATEX and IECEx.

Most modern smartphones may be feature-packed with all the latest hardware and software but when it comes to keeping users safe in potentially dangerous atmospheric conditions they are sadly lacking by not being intrinsically safe and potentially dangerous in certain locations.

ecom, a Pepperl + Fuchs Brand has the intrinsically safe answer to on-site mobile communications in the harshest of environments in the form of the Ex-Handy 10 DZ1 & DZ2 ATEX safe feature phones.

EX handy 10 DZ1 ATEX rated intrinsically safe phone

The EX-Handy 10 DZ1 & DZ2 – Intrinsically Safe Mobile Feature Phones

The Ex-Handy 10 DZ1 & DZ2 are simple to use and extremely robust impact-resistant intrinsically safe feature phones that have been designed for use in potentially hazardous environments, meeting worldwide approvals for Zone 1/21, 2/22 & Class 1 / Div 1 & Div 2.  These Android 8.1 based phones are ideal for a wide range of intrinsically safe uses from push-to-talk (PTT), general phone communication, lone worker protection (LWP) and have the ability to function seamlessly with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

EX Handy DZ1 Atex intrinsically safe phone and mike

Complete with many of the familiar apps you would find on a regular Android smartphone the Ex-Handy DZ1 & DZ2 enables the use of push-to-talk over 4G, private LTE and WiFi networks via an external Zone 1/21 speaker microphone, ensuring it has optimal safe network coverage in working areas and situations for when workplace safety demands it.

Ex-Handy 10 DZ1 & DZ2 Intrinsically Safe Mobile Phone Features:

  • Worldwide approvals for Zone 1/21, 2/22 & Class 1 / Div 1 & Div 2
  • Push to talk over 4G, LTE and WiFI providing optimal low latency coverage
  • Specials buttons for one-touch (PPT) and lone worker protection (LWP) functions
  • 4G/LTE standard (SIM unlocked) – Nano SIM
  • WiFI 802.11 a/b/g/n/e/k/r/k: 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz support
  • Bluetooth 4.2 BLE, GPS and NFC
  • IP68 rated dust and waterproof housing, MIL-STD-810G
  • Designed for the IIoT
  • Temperature range -20 to +60°C

Android 8.1 Driven and Packed with Hardware:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8909 processor
  • 2GB Ram, 16GB ROM – SD card up to 128GB
  • 2.6-inch capacitive extra-tough Gorilla glass screen with excellent readability
  • 8 MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 3.5mm jack connection with special ecom mounting
  • 7 -pin waterproof magnetic USB 2.0 connector
  • Forward-facing speakers ensure optimum sound quality even in noisy environments
  • Cabling systems allows the use of Radio Speaker Microphones or headsets
  • Long rechargeable battery life 3920 mAh

 

Certification:

ATEX
DZ1

  • II 2G Ex ib op is IIC T4 Gb IP64
  • II 2D Ex ib op is IIIC T120°C Db

DZ2

  • II 3G Ex ic IIC T4 Gc IP64
  • II 3D Ex ic IIIC T120°C Dc
IECEx
DZ1

  • Ex ib op is IIC T4 Gb IP64
  • Ex ib op is IIIC T120°C Db

DZ2

  • Ex ic IIC T4 Gc IP64
  • Ex ic IIIC T120°C Dc
NEC & CEC
DZ1

  • Class I, II, III, DIV 1, Groups A-G, T4

DZ2

  • Class I, II, III, DIV 2, Groups A-G, T4

 

Android apps for the EX Handy intrinsically safe series

Useful Apps

There is also an extensive application library featuring many Ex-handy 10 DZ1 and DZ2 compatible apps that can help with a variety of communication, tracking and data gathering solutions and IIoT applications, the perfect addition to your intrinsically safe mobile communication solution.

You can never be too safe when it comes to operating within an environment that demands intrinsic safety. Whether it’s the equipment operating the machinery or the mobile communication devices used by personnel working in these areas. Kempston Controls, as a supplier partner of ecom, Pepperl + Fuchs is able to source all the intrinsically safe mobile devices and equipment you will need.  Give our dedicated sales team a call on +44 (0) 1933 411411 or email sales@kempstoncontrols.co.uk  to order your Ex-Handy 10 DZ1 & DZ2 and to discuss your intrinsically safe requirements.

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