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Balluff has designed a direct, metal-mount RFID system that provides a tough industrial track-and-trace capability for any manufacturing, assembly or closed-loop logistics process.

The Ferroident non-contact, ISO 15693-compliant passive data carrier technology allows the RFID tag to be mounted on any alloy or metal surface without typical interference or loss in range.

The Ferroident tags offer read/wire ranges of up to 65mm regardless of the alloy content of the metal, including aluminium, which tends to cause the most loss in range for passive RFID.

These new tags are contained in a compact housing to enable flexible mounting and sustainability.

Designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -25C to +130C, the Balluff Ferroident tags provide up to 1,000 hours of continuous, idle exposure.

A passive design with no batteries enables these tags to be maintenance free.

Two industrial head options are designed for maximum read/write performance; one is a self-contained processor and read/write head with a built-in RS-232 serial interface, while the other is a read/write head with the same housing that can be connected to any of Balluff’s remote processors.

Using a remote processor expands the communication options to include Devicenet, Profibus, Ethernet/IP and TCP/IP, Modbus-IP or the Profinet Ethernet protocol.

Tags can be mounted directly on metal pallets, totes or even directly on parts without the use of plastic spacers, minimising complexity and reducing installation costs while providing consistent and reliable read/write performance.

Balluff has over 50 years of sensor experience and is a leading global sensor specialist with its own line of connectivity products for every area of factory automation and industrial control.

Everyday, all over the world, Balluff sensors are increasing production throughput and product quality for thousands of satisfied users striving to improve their manufacturing processes and lower their costs. No matter what the application, Balluff has the practical experience, expertise, and product range to make that improvement. Products include:

  • inductive, photoelectric, magnetic field, ultrasonic, capacitive, vision sensors 
  • linear transducers, linear encoders systems 
  • distance  measurement and level sensors
  • industrial RFID 
  • power supplies
  • connectivity and bus systems.

Our manufacturing, sales, and service offices are located around the world. That means the excellent service we provide in England, Germany, or Brazil is the same as we offer in the United States, Japan, or India.

Fast delivery, global pricing, attention to detail and the ability to lower our customers’ costs, no matter where our customers are located. Although our programs are global, our customer relationships are local.

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