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When Should I Use Which Surge Protector? Four Solutions at a Glance

Whether you control a process with a computer, process control system, PLC, or a field device, a surge protector can eliminate or reduce the risk of damage to sensitive electronics caused by transient overvoltage. In this article, we outline four surge protection solutions.

By |April 13, 2017|Categories: Explosion Protection|

Five Reasons to Use Industrial RFID in Your Meat Processing Plant

If you want to establish internal food traceability in a meat processing plant, you face a number of challenges: Diverse processes, harsh environmental conditions, hygiene requirements and different transport routes demand a flexible and at the same time reliable technology. Industrial RFID offers a solution for this and also, depending on the application, other additional benefits.

By |May 12, 2016|Categories: Applications, RFID|

What Is a Fieldbus Terminator and What Is Its Function?

The fieldbus terminator, also referred to as a terminator, is a component in a fieldbus system. This terminator takes the shape of a series connection featuring a 1 µF capacitor and a 100 Ω resistor. The main task of the fieldbus terminator is to transform the data signal transmitted as a current change into a voltage change that can be detected by all nodes.

By |May 10, 2016|Categories: Explosion Protection|

Ten Application Examples for RFID in Industrial Automation

RFID is one of the most versatile technologies in industrial automation. Whatever industry you may be thinking of—it is highly likely that RFID will be used there. We have compiled ten RFID applications that give you ideas for possible applications and demonstrate the advantages of this identification technology.

By |March 30, 2016|Categories: Applications, RFID|

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on RFID (Part 4): RFID Tags

RFID tags carry information on a certain object or transport container. The size of an RFID tag can vary from the dimensions of a match head to a brick. While some tags are used simply as an attachable ID for an object, others carry a variety of different attributes relating to the object.

By |February 29, 2016|Categories: RFID, Technologies|

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on RIFD (Part 3): Frequencies

To enable noncontact data exchange via an RFID system, radio waves are used for communication. Depending on the application requirements, RFID systems utilize different frequency ranges. As a general principle, most RFID systems use the so-called ISM bands (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Band) in order to avoid cross-talk of radio systems and ensure reliable data information exchange. Commonly, passive RFID systems use either low frequency (LF), high frequency (HF), or ultra-high frequency (UHF).

By |February 25, 2016|Categories: RFID, Technologies|

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on RFID (Part 2): RFID Readers

An RFID reader is an active device that uses radio frequency to read information contactless from a data carrier like an RFID tag. Most of the readers are also able to function as write units. Typically, RFID reading devices contain a microprocessor or digital signal processor. An RFID reader is equipped with an internal or external antenna that grabs the information from the RFID tags. The data is then passed on by the reader to a communication unit that transmits the information via interfaces to an external host system which allows the interpretation of mass data or the targeted search for certain tagged pieces.

By |February 19, 2016|Categories: RFID, Technologies|

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on RFID (Part 1)

RFID stands for “radio frequency identification” and refers to technologies that use radio waves to identify objects or people automatically. RFID makes use of the so-called “air interface,” transmitting electromagnetic waves through the air. Typically, a serial number or other product- /object-related information (“identifier”) is stored on a microchip. This chip is attached to an antenna that enables the chip to transfer the information needed for identification to a reading device.

By |February 16, 2016|Categories: RFID, Technologies|

Boosting Productivity with the Help of Laser Barcode Scanners

Laser barcode scanners have been used in material handling applications for decades. It is an integral part of routing boxes down a conveyor line. Read this blog to find out more about the different types of laser barcode readers.

By |January 29, 2016|Categories: Industrial Sensors|

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