Linux Version of the RFID-UHF-Readers Q300 (left) and Turck's TBEN-L-RFID interface (Picture: Turck)

Turck Presents Extended RFID Product Portfolio

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Linux Expansion for RFID-UHF Readers

Turck is presenting a Linux variant of its versatile Q300 RFID-UHF reader.

The operating system particularly offers benefits for system integrators who can carry out extensive programming on the read/write head – for example, for the decentralized preprocessing of data or for connecting to higher-level goods management systems.

Bernd Wieseler
Bernd Wieseler
Director Product Management RFID Systems
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Klaus Albers
Director Marketing Services & Public Relations
Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

The Q300 was put on the market a year ago as the “Multitool for Industry 4.0”.

The two-watt reader makes it possible to connect up to four passive UHF antennas and can be used, for example, in applications with bulk detection.

Trigger signals or LED lights can be controlled via the four digital I/Os. The switchable antenna polarization increases the read and detection rates in environments with a lot of metal. The read/write head in IP67 supports “Power over Ethernet” (PoE), and therefore only needs an Ethernet cable for the power supply and the communication with industrial controllers, ERP or other systems as required.

In addition to the existing Codesys and new Linux variant, Turck is also presenting Q300 devices based on Windows Embedded Compact 2013 as well as OPC-UA.

IP67 RFID Interface Simplifies Integration

The HF bus mode of the TBEN-L-RFID enables up to 128 read/write heads to be connected on four RFID ports.

Turck's TBEN-L-RFID interface combines easy handling with the rapid integration of the compact TBEN-S-RFID and the robustness of the larger TBEN-L design. Its HF bus mode can connect up to 32 compatible HF read/write heads in series on each port. This reduces the wiring effort and costs required in applications involving a large number of read and/or read positions.

Several predefined commands and operating modes for the most common application scenarios reduce the programming required in the PLC. Filters and different data export options also often make any middleware unnecessary. The mixed operation of HF and UHF read/write heads is also possible

Besides the HF bus mode, the TBEN-L-RFID can also perform commands such as the Inventory command for single tag and multitag applications, as well as Idle and Continuous mode, by which the most common applications can be depicted.

The RFID interface is designed for direct connection to controllers via Profinet, Ethernet/IP or Modbus TCP. In addition to four RFID ports, it also comes with eight universal I/Os for connecting triggers or actuators. The power supply is implemented via 7/8 inch connectors, the network connection via M12 connectors.


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