Turck has added an RFID module with an Open Platform Communication Unified Architecture (OPC UA) server to its TBEN-L family, paving the way for the integration and implementation of RFID systems for the Industrial Internet of Things.
OPC UA is a global industry protocol for use on any platform or device, regardless of operating system or programming language. The protocol offers features, including:
• Direct provisioning of information to higher-level systems (MES, ERP, cloud, PLC, etc);
• A seamless integration process, independent of manufacturer or platform;
• Built-in security protocols to protect data from unauthorized users
The TBEN-L5-4RFID-8DXP-OPC-UA provides large volumes of data quickly and simply without requiring fragmentation or a reduction of the data volume. Additionally, the module supports optional commands of the companion specification, such as lock, kill, and password functions for UHF.
The module is suitable for applications involving logistics or tool machines, such as tool monitoring. The fully encapsulated housing and IP67/IP69K rating also allows use in harsh environments or in the field.
Up to four Turck HF and UHF read/write heads – as well as sensors and lights – can be connected via eight digital inputs/outputs (DXPs).
The module is capable of logging operating data, plant availability and utilisation level. This data can then be used to analyse and optimise production processes throughout the supply chain.