SIMATIC RF 200 IO-Link

Transparency all the way to the lowest field level

Description

SIMATIC RF200 is the compact RFID system according to ISO 15693 in the SIMATIC RF product family. The system consists of space-saving RF readers that are especially suitable for applications in intralogistics or in small assembly lines.

The RF210R, RF220R, RF240R, RF250R and RF260R readers that are available in an interface version for IO-Link handle standardized identification jobs (e.g. reading an identification number or reading and writing any user data). IO-Link allows for easy and cost-effective integration of data read by the reader into the automation level. By means of a corresponding IO-Link master module, the SIMATIC RF200 readers can be integrated not only into SIMATIC S7 controllers but also into the automation solutions of many well-known manufacturers. The read/write devices are characterized by their compact and rugged design in a high level of protection. They are especially suitable for use in harsh industrial environments.

The SIMATIC RF200 product family with IO-Link interface has been expanded according to the IO-Link Standard V1.1. Their read/write speed is more than ten times higher than that of the existing series according to the IO-Link Standard V1.0. The IO-Link readers according to Standard V1.1 are connected in the usual way by means of the standardized IO-Link interface to IO-Link master modules from Siemens or many other well-known manufacturers. Existing readers according to IO-Link Standard V1.0 are still available.

A comprehensive portfolio of maintenance-free and passive ISO 15693 transponders from Siemens is available for a wide range of applications. From low-cost smart labels for permanent attachment to the product, to screw-type transponders for easy mounting - also by robots - all the way to transponders for flush-mounting in metal, for example, on a workpiece carrier. The transponders are available in different designs and storage capacities and are especially suitable for use in harsh industrial environments.

Product-specific IO-Link advantages

  • Easy to operate: No programming required for basic identification tasks, ideal for RFID newcomers

  • Affordable price: Low channel costs per read point

  • Open standard: RFID can be connected to controllers and bus systems of many well-known manufacturers


Details

With the IO-Link interface, the readers of the SIMATIC RF200 RFID system can be connected by means of a corresponding IO-Link master module to controllers as they are already offered by many well-known manufacturers of automation solutions. With its master modules for SIMATIC ET 200eco PN distributed I/O systems for the field level and ET 200S/SP for the control cabinet as well as for the S7-1200, Siemens offers seamless integration into the established PROFINET and PROFIBUS field buses and therefore into the world of Totally Integrated Automation. The master modules support the connection of up to 4 SIMATIC RF200 IO-Link readers. RFID-specific programming is often not necessary. The RFID system automatically provides the data read by the transponder. Not only the unique identification number (UID) can be read, but also any user data from a predefined memory area. The data appears in the process image of the controller as soon as a transponder is located in the field of a reader.

Parameter assignment is easy and convenient thanks to the Port Configuration Tool (PCT). This tool is integrated in the TIA Portal and can also be called in STEP 7 Classic V5.4 SP5 and higher in the hardware configuration. A free stand-alone version is available on the Internet for connection to automation systems from other manufacturers. A device description file (IODD file) is also available on the Internet which enables the PCT tool to recognize the IO-Link reader immediately with all variable names and parameter settings.

Areas of application

  • Assembly and handling technology, assembly lines (identification of workpiece carriers), especially small assembly lines

  • Production logistics (material flow control, identification of containers and other vessels), intralogistics