AutomationDirect has added RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Read/Write modules from Contrinex. RFID technology uses radio frequencies to read and write data to/from electronic labels called tags. As opposed to standard barcode readers, RFID technology doesn’t require a line of sight between the tag and the Read/Write module to operate, and tags store a large amount of data that can be edited.
Contrinex RFID R/W units are available in 18mm or 30mm diameters and a 44mm x 44mm cube style with transmission ranges of up to 78mm. These units can communicate to a PLC or other intelligent device using the popular IO-Link protocol.
RFID tags are available in 9mm, 16mm, 20mm, 30mm, and 50mm sizes with user memory from 316 to 2,000 bytes using either EEPROM or FRAM memory. A high-temperature tag model is also available, and all products are IP67 and IP68/69K rated.
The new Contrinex RFID R/W units start at $158.00, tags start at $9.50, and all RFID R/W units and tags come with a one-year warranty.