HARTING is developing sensor-equipped passive UHF RFID systems, a concept with great potential to unlock new productivity and product quality benefits for a wide spectrum of businesses. It’s one of the newest innovations the company is pursuing to become a leading global one-stop shopping resource for all RFID requirements: software, hardware, systems integration as well as consulting.
At the recent SPS/IPC/Drives automation trade show in Germany, the global leader in industrial connectors, showcased a passive UHF transponder with temperature registration in a real application that demonstrated data acquisition and visualization in a web interface. UHF RFID technology is ideal for the transportation, logistics, automation, machinery and energy markets. This technology stands up to harsh environmental conditions and reliably registers rapidly moving objects with metal surfaces, such as railway cars. A read range of 5 cm – 12 m ensures maximum flexibility for tracking and other such applications. Endowing passive transponders with sensors can enable goods to register ambient conditions such as temperature.
In 2012 alone, HARTING expanded its RFID offer with the introduction of HARTING RFID Box, a ready-to-use reception box containing an RFID reader, power supply, fusing protection, network switch and all other components needed to begin capturing RFID data. With its IP 65 protection rating, the HARTING RFID Box is ideal for open air applications in ports, rail yards and construction sites to monitor the comings and goings of trucks and railway and transit rolling stock. The company also introduced Ha-VIS middleware products that provide easy and cost-effective integration of RFID hardware including Ha-VIS RFID reading devices into existing software systems. And for system integration and visualization, HARTING’s new RFID eKanban solution can bring data from back-end systems (SAP, ERP, HYDRA-MES) via a Kanban loop and present it in concentrated form on a large eKanban screen, making possible many major productivity enhancements in a manufacturing environment.