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Balluff’s direct metal-mount Ferroident radio-frequency identification (RFID) system is designed for track-and-trace applications in manufacturing, assembly or closed-loop logistics processes.

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

The Ferroident tags and heads offer a range of 52-65mm, regardless of the alloy content of the metal.

They work on aluminium, which tends to cause the most loss in range for passive RFID.

The tags are contained in a housing to allow flexible mounting and can operate in temperatures ranging from -25C to as high as +130C for up to 1,000 hours at ambient operating temperature.

Being passive and requiring no batteries means these tags are maintenance free.

Two industrial head options include: a self-contained processor and a read/write head with a built-in RS-232 serial interface; and a read/write head in an identical housing for connection to any of Balluff’s remote processors.

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

The Ferroident tags can be mounted directly on metal pallets or in carts used in storage/retrieval applications and closed-loop logistics systems.

In addition, they can be mounted magnetically for temporary use with the aid of a magnetic strip attached to the back of the tag, which is especially beneficial when tote/bin or cart assignments change.

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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