RFID technology makes it possible to identify goods and substances with the help of electromagnetic waves within certain frequency ranges. HARTING regards UHF RFID technology as the right choice for the transportation, automation, machinery and energy markets. This technology stands up to the harsh environmental conditions that prevail in these markets and also reliably registers rapidly moving objects with metal surfaces, such as railway cars. A read range of from 5 cm to 12 m ensures the greatest flexibility for the applications.
Thanks to its special patented transponder properties, the HARTING portfolio is optimally suited for these conditions. The High Performance Reader, which is capable of registering and processing more than 300 transponders per second, is joined by a selection of reading antennas. These allow HARTING to offer modular solutions for the widest range of applications in the RFID field.
In the age of the "Internet of Things" in which goods or even living beings are represented in a virtual Internet structure, UHF RFID is one of the most interesting interfaces. The next logical step in this context is the integration of sensors into passive transponders to enable goods to register additional information about their environmental conditions such as the temperature. This also means an additional step forwards for today's software architecture as industrial processes will achieve a higher level of automation and become more transparent and controllable.
At SPS/IPC/Drives HARTING will be presenting a passive UHF transponder with temperature registration implemented in a real application that demonstrates data acquisition and visualization in a Web interface.