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New Balluff White Paper – What Makes RFID Systems Industrial Strength?

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 11:03am
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Read Balluff's new white paper to learn the three fundamental qualities that determine if RFID systems will perform reliably in demanding production environments.

Florence, KY – In Balluff's new White Paper, Balluff experts explain the three fundamental qualities that determine if RFID systems will perform reliably in demanding production environments. It answers three main questions: will the RFID system integrate seamlessly with industrial control systems?; will it provide the reliability and speed that production and information systems require?; and can it maintain uptime and performance long term?

A brief excerpt from this white paper:

The retail environments where products are sold look nothing like the industrial environments where they are produced (think of the difference between a new car dealership and an automotive manufacturing plant). Yet the same RFID products developed for retail stores and supply chain operations are heavily marketed to manufacturers for production operations. These products may have different housings or IP ratings than their general-purpose cousins and may work fine in warehouses, but that does not necessarily qualify them as industrial grade. Production environments often have their own ruggedness, performance and connectivity requirements that only purpose-built industrial equipment can reliably satisfy. For example, general-purpose RFID equipment may have the physical Ethernet port needed to connect to a PLC, but will not support EtherNet/IP, Profibus or other industrial protocols that run PLCs and other industrial automation equipment. The reader will need to be supported with additional protocol conversion, which slows system performance and adds to implementation time and expense.

Read more in the complete White Paper. See the attached PDF or download it on Balluff's website.

Learn more about Balluff’s full line of industrial RFID products and solutions.

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