RFID & Wireless IoT Global, Issue 06/2021
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Rugged RFID Read/Write Heads with Condition Monitoring Functions

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RFID Read/Write Heads with Condition Monitoring Functions

One Part of Balluff's Smart Automation and Monitoring System!

The Smart Automation and Monitoring System (SAMS) represents the comprehensive automation philosophy of Balluff. Thanks to its uniform and standardized operating and configuration concept, long startup times, great training effort and time-consuming troubleshooting when a device fails unexpectedly are a thing of the past.

In addition to the process and condition data, Balluff's intelligent components provide valuable diagnostics data. This opens up vast new possibilities – from condition monitoring of the machines and equipment to predictive maintenance to entirely new business models.

One part of the SAMS are the new RFID read/write heads (13.56 MHz) which are used for track and trace, for production control or for automatic interchangeable part assignment and detection. The maximum transmission rate of 230.4 kBaud (IO-Link COM3) enables fast reading and writing of the data carriers.

These read/write heads with IO-Link interface are designed for use in harsh industrial environments and thanks to hygiene compatible materials also ideal for washdown applications. In applications where aggressive cleaning agents and high pressure are used regularly, Balluff's Washdown-Plus promise guarantees withstanding of at least 1000 cleaning cycles.

In addition to reliable identification these read/write heads also offer numerous condition monitoring functions, such as temperature and signal quality monitoring as well as additional multi-functions.


  • Fast read/write times with IO-Link COM3 (230.4 kBaud)
  • Hygiene approved materials (stainless 1.4404/PBT)
  • Washdown-Plus promise: Exceeds IP69K and guarantees 1000 cleaning cycles
  • H2O2 resistant
  • Expanded IO-Link functionality with Smart Features

Get to know our products

UHF RFID Processor Units BIS-U
HF Read/write Heads with Integrated Processor Unit BIS-M
RFID Universal Processor Unit BIS V
UHF Short-Range Reader BIS VU 320
Flush-Mount Read/Write Head BIS VM
13.56 MHz All-in-One Reader BIS-M
Marina Huber
Marina Huber
Communications Manager, Global Marketing
Neuhausen a.d.F., Germany
Rainer Traub
Rainer Traub
Product Cluster Manager Identification
Neuhausen a.d.F., Germany
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