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Being able to read and write data to RFID tags using handheld programming helps to easily and reliably manage data, and in some cases increases the visibility and effectiveness of the process.

This is especially true for manual rework stations or at manual delivery and inventory collection points, such as shipping/receiving or stocking areas.

The availability and access to the process data at these points can also lead to significant reductions in manufacturing and processing errors.

Advantages include: easy access with simple transmission of RFID tag data; increased visibility of data at manual access points; significant error reduction in manual processes; simple RFID reader interface and battery operation; wireless access and data transmission to networks; and the combination of RFID with barcode-reading capability.

The RFID handheld allows an operator to easily and reliably access and change data on an RFID tag in an offline rework station for palletised manufacturing.

The handheld is used to access the parts’ manufacturing data, such as part identification, assembly progress and testing results.

This eliminates the need for paper records and therefore error-prone, paper-based part or rework information.

Handhelds also allow operators to write rework data to the tag to maintain maximum visibility throughout the process.

For closed-loop logistics stations, by using an RFID-enabled handheld unit, logistics data written to an RFID tag on totes or skids can be easily accessed or modified.

Data such as identification of contents, destinations for processing or storage and retrieval location data, is readily available.

These handhelds also support barcode readers and wireless WAN or Bluetooth options in order to write or retrieve data from network servers.

This provides maximum, real-time visibility for any closed-loop logistics system.

An RFID-enabled handheld unit simplifies assessing, tracking and identification.

The RFID asset tags can be used to track mobile assets, such as quality apparatus, welding guns and hand tools.

These assets can be ‘tagged’ temporarily or permanently and the data on the RFID tag can be used to identify and track the whereabouts of the assets anywhere in the facility.

This data can then be immediately transferred to a database to maintain maximum visibility of these assets, improving operational efficiency and record keeping.

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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