RFID transponders in outdoor areas

RFID transponders in outdoor areas

Strong product customization combined with the demands for flexible series production represent a major challenge in industry. In “Integrated Industry”, the requisite industrial automation technology will be more intelligent. Methods of self-optimization, self-configuration, self-diagnosis and cognition will drive this development forward. Employees in production will be given efficient assistance – something urgently needed in the face of increasingly complex work processes and ever increasing quality requirements.

In this context, it is imperative that components critical to a process possess their own ID and that this be communicable. The intent here is that machines configure themselves.

Here, RFID will assume a key role. Under this approach, components are equipped with an RFID transponder and share their specific data with the control system via radio frequencies.

In this context, a major challenge at present is to perfectly integrate transponders in an environment in which metallic surfaces cause reflections. Similarly, these data media must also be able to withstand harsh environments, large temperature fluctuations and the use of corrosive liquids such as cleaning chemicals or oils. With these requirements in mind, HARTING has continually expanded and improved the Ha-VIS RFID transponder portfolio. High operational reliability under extreme deployment conditions characterizes HARTING’s Ha-VIS RFID transponders.

However, HARTING developers are driving development forward even further: In addition to identification of the individual components, in the future increased memory employing the "write once function" will permit HARTING‘s RFID transponders to securely and immutably allocate a type of memory to the component and thus its own history. Moreover, the latest chip technologies will even create the ability to allow components to perceive their ambient conditions.