Latest Publications https://www.rfid-im-blick.de Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:00:08 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Contrinex: RFID technology in high temperature applications https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711204158/contrinex-some-like-it-hot.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711204158/contrinex-some-like-it-hot.html Continex HF RFID transponders for temperatures of up to 180 degrees Celsius can be mounted level into metal objects.

RFID creates visibility in automation and logistics

In numerous areas of automation and logistics, RFID technology with its sender-receiver system is providing the automatic and contactless identification of pre-products and products. To enable identification, the object in question is permanently fitted with electronic tags. Their memory contains a unique pre-defined number as well as a space to save additional object data with the help of a read/write device. With this, it becomes possible to track the history of an object or enter all information necessary to process it further.

The advantages of the RFID system compared to a traditional barcode system or laser marking lie in the readability of information without a direct line of sight contact with the read/write head and in enabling amending, modifying or deleting this information. The data is stored with the object itself in an RFID transponder. A contactless radio transmission ensures that the technology works even when the object or the tag are covered in dirt.

Resistant in all industrial environments

Swiss sensor manufacturer Contrinex supports tracking and tracing processes with its RFID systems. For the use in high temperature areas with up to 250 degrees Celsius, specialised resistant transponders suitable for high frequency systems have been developed. Typical areas of use for RFID systems are industrial processes in which products are manufactured in numerous different variations, but on the same production line. Examples include packaging lines in the food industry or paint lines in the automotive industry. The high environmental temperatures that commonly are a side effect of these manufacturing processes pose a special challenge to RFID systems. This concerns both the casing and the memory of the RFID transponder.

The full article has been published in the "Company & Application Guide 2017 RFID | NFC | Smart Cards". Download your free copy  today and continue reading on page 112!

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info@contrinex.de (Contrinex Sensor) Articles Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:01:43 +0100
Meet SAG at SPS IPC Drive for 0806 Dynamic Tag Module and 0503 NFC Ferrite Tag https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711174181/sag-praesentiert-0806-dynamic-tag-module-und-0503-nfc-ferrite-tag-auf-sps-ipc-drive.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711174181/sag-praesentiert-0806-dynamic-tag-module-und-0503-nfc-ferrite-tag-auf-sps-ipc-drive.html

RFID no doubt plays an important role in this revolution and SAG is eager to take part. Come and see how our 0806 Dynamic Tag Module and 0503 NFC Ferrite Tag make RAIN RFID and NFC magic. In addition, our Overmolded Uni Metal Tag and Rain Overmolded Pear Keyfob can help you plan your RFID deployment.

Meet SAG at SPS IPC Drive 2017:

  • Nuremberg, Germany
  • 28-30 November 2017
  • Booth no. 4A-555
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stanley@sag.com.tw (Securitag Assembly Group) Press Releases Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:26:21 +0100
COMPRION Design Validation Platform Among Finalists of SESAMES Awards https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711174180/comprion-design-validation-platform-among-finalists-of-sesames-awards.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711174180/comprion-design-validation-platform-among-finalists-of-sesames-awards.html COMPRION Design Validation Platform Among Finalists of SESAMES Awards

“The main advantage of the Design Validation Platform is that the solution reduces the time-to-market of NFC readers drastically and keeps a lid on the development costs. Thus, end users benefit from more reliable NFC services even sooner,” states Michael Jahnich, Director of Comprion’s business unit for contactless test solutions. “What makes the solution so special, is a small but ingenious measurement antenna, the Vector Field Probe,” Jahnich adds.

The electromagnetic coil measures the magnetic field of contactless readers detecting its x-, y- and z-components at customer-defined positions. The results are visualized by the Design Validation Center software, indicating the directions of the magnetic flux lines. Furthermore, the software offers various charts for in-depth analysis that help the user to optimize the design of a contactless reader.

The new Design Validation Platform consists of the measurement devices CL Verify A and CL Quantify, the platform software Design Validation Center, and various antennas. Demos of the solution are available at the Comprion stand during TRUSTECH.

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info@comprion.com (COMPRION) Press Releases Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:08:23 +0100
New Validated Comprion GSMA TS.27 Test Cases Activate GCF WI-249 https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711164179/new-validated-comprion-gsma-ts-27-test-cases-activate-gcf-wi-249.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711164179/new-validated-comprion-gsma-ts-27-test-cases-activate-gcf-wi-249.html Comprion is the worldwide leading manufacturer of test solutions for smart card interfaces, terminals and smart cards.

“The work item covers several technologies such as card emulation, Bearer Independent Protocol (BIP), general device support, and Android-specific device support,“ says Hajo Sandschneider, Marketing Director at Comprion. “The referenced test cases are defined in the GSMA TS.27 NFC Handset Test Book. We are proud that 100% of the conformance test cases were validated by GCF so that work item 249 UICC based NFC Services (Rel-9) could be activated.”

The new work item extends the test coverage for NFC-related conformance certification criteria in accordance with the conformance test cases defined in various chapters of the GSMA TS.27 document.

The newly added test cases reached 100% validation on the Comprion UT³ Platform listed as TP 118. UT³ Platform is Comprion's universal conformance platform for contact-based and contactless terminal testing.

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info@comprion.com (COMPRION) Press Releases Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:24:04 +0100
Mojix Solves Static RFID Tag Challenge With New Antenna Concept https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711164157/mojix-solves-static-tag-challenge-with-new-antenna-concept.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711164157/mojix-solves-static-tag-challenge-with-new-antenna-concept.html Mojix TurboAntenna

Turbo Antenna for static tags

“RFID reading requires energy. Stationary tags – for example, textile tags on shelf articles – do not provide the necessary movements to read all tags properly. When a reader is placed on a metallic shelf, for example, reflections from the metal surface lead to a phenomenon called 'standing wave'. This results in areas of no energy where tags cannot be read.

The Turbo Antenna solution by Mojix randomises the standing wave, so that 99.9 percent of the tags receive energy receive energy and thus can be read properly. Moreover, the Turbo Antenna reading capacity exceeds competitive solutions that traditionally achieve reading rates of 85 percent. Hence, the Mojix antennas offers a higher probability of registering all tags,” Scot Stelter, Vice President Products US, Mojix, states.

Antenna comes in the shape of a 60 millimetre ceiling tile

“The Turbo Antenna can easily be fitted into various store environments. It has the shape of 60 millimetre ceiling tile and can be dropped into different form factors including closed and open spaces ceilings or a drop-in replacement for standard ceiling tiles. Backroom readings for stocktaking are possible as well. The antenna enables real-time, hands-free inventory not only on the sales floor but also in storage and at the POS,” Scot Stelter explains.

Instead of outfitting a room with multiple expensive readers, Mojix offers a solution with one single reader and one single cable. The cable links the reader with the antennas via daisy-chain connections between the individuals antennas. The solution does not require any supporting energy network like other solutions. Mojix solves the main challenge in fashion retail with its Turbo Antenna: the readability of high numbers of tags in close proximity that may overlap. At the moment, Mojix is running pilots in departments stores in the UK, small concept stores in Sweden, as well as stores in the US.

Combination of handhelds and fixed RFID infrastructure

In fashion retail, different approaches compete with each other with regard to stock taking and inventory solutions: “Handhelds or fixed readers is a question often asked in fashion retail. Mojix offers hands-free hardware solutions to its customers that enable automated inventories where no handhelds and employees are needed. Handheld solutions always have to rely on employee compliance. As every employee has an individual approach to stocktaking, results are not repeatable. The turnover rate in the US and in Europe is close to 50 percent each year.”

“A fixed hands-free hardware antenna solution has the advantage that it can not only be installed on the sales floor but also at the POS and the backroom. Furthermore, real-time inventory at all times can reduce or replace cycle counts via handheld. Most retailers use a combination of different types of RFID infrastructure and Mojix believes in the combination of handhelds and hands-free hardware such as the Turbo Antenna.”

The full article has been published in the "Company & Application Guide 2017 RFID | NFC | Smart Cards". Download your free copy  today and continue reading on page 110!

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patrick.huettemann@mojix.com (MOJIX) Articles Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:45:34 +0100
SSI Schaefer builds e-commerce center in Hong Kong https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711164175/ssi-schaefer-builds-e-commerce-center-in-hong-kong.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711164175/ssi-schaefer-builds-e-commerce-center-in-hong-kong.html SSI Schaefer was awarded the contract by HKTV at Logistica.

Currently, HKTV Group is developing the HKTVmall, which will be the region's largest 24-hour online shopping mall. This comprehensive platform provides a one-stop shop for entertainment, shopping, and delivery services. Such a strategy entails complex logistical processes – a challenge SSI Schaefer is meeting head-on by implementing an efficient, tailor-made intralogistics solution.

In the 5,000-m2 picking and warehouse area of the existing building, as well as in the new extension building, the material flows for pick-to-order activities will largely be based on the goods-to-person picking strategy. As well as the dynamic bin conveying system, this includes the installation of a 4-aisle automated miniload system (AMS) with more than 30,000 bin storage locations and around 730 flow storage locations.

In addition, the intralogistics specialist will erect a Schäfer Carousel System (SCS) with nearly 15,000 storage locations and four connected Pick to Tote workstations for picking. The installation of 27 further workstations, of which 17 will have integrated Pick by Light systems, will optimize quality control and the manual repacking and picking processes in the new HKTV Multimedia and E-commerce Center. For the replenishment and storage of items, which cannot be kept in bins, the intralogistics solution provider will also install various pallet racks and a Schäfer Orbiter® system with 270 pallet storage locations. Here storage and retrieval will be carried out according to the FIFO principle.

The two-phase installation will be completed by the end of 2019 and the system will eventually reach a performance capacity of around 1,800 consignments per hour – with the help of software support provided by SSI Schaefer. The general contractor's logistics software WAMAS® and the visualization system WAMAS® Lighthouse ensure end-to-end transparency and efficient process control of order fulfillment.  

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info@ssi-schaefer.com (SSI Schäfer) Press Releases Thu, 16 Nov 2017 08:00:03 +0100
OPC Foundation organizes an OPC Interoperability Workshop in Phoenix on January 26, 2018 https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711154174/opc-foundation-organizes-an-opc-interoperability-workshop-in-phoenix.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711154174/opc-foundation-organizes-an-opc-interoperability-workshop-in-phoenix.html

All OPC Foundation members are once again encouraged to use this upcoming test session as not only a mechanism to validate their products, but to also debug and diagnose any interoperability problems that may be discovered. This year's session will allow up to 60 vendors to validate OPC Unified Architecture, including information model testing for MDIS and PackML.

Unified Architecture Testing

The complete OPC Foundation technology portfolio is expected to be represented with Server and Client products supporting OPC Unified Architecture, including information model testing. Some of the models that will be tested include MDIS and PackML.

The OPC Foundation will also provide the latest development version of the CTT for evaluating each individual product against the latest automate testing. The CTT work will include configuration support.

The workshop will run from 1:00 PM on Monday, January 22, 2018 through Noon on Friday, January 26, 2018. OPC members wishing to attend can use the event page to register. All products brought for interoperability testing must be specified ahead of time.

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Stefan.Hoppe@opcfoundation.org (OPC Foundation) Press Releases Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:14:32 +0100
Swedish Herpa Tech offers tailor-made RFID, stick-to-skin, and security products https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711084160/herpa-tech-offers-rfid-stick-to-skin-and-security-products.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711084160/herpa-tech-offers-rfid-stick-to-skin-and-security-products.html Herpa Tech offers customised RFID, stick-to-skin, and security products, for healthcare, industry, and more.

Herpa Tech specialises in tailor-made customer solutions

Formed one and a half year ago as German label specialist Herpa Tech's Swedish-based RFID division, Herpa Print specialises in tailor-made products.

Peter NilssonPeter Nilsson “Herpa Tech only produces according to customer inquiries. We have no standardised products or solutions in stock. With the exception of inlays and digital printing processes, all our products are produced 100 percent in Sweden. Due to former business relations with Herpa Print prior to the new establishment as Herpa Tech, the company can rely on previously gained know-how, established procedures and reliable technology and machinery.

The new production facility was ISO-certified after six months. Hence, customers who contact us with an inquiry can expect the highest technological standards. Our R&D division serves customers with ideas, different models and approaches, as well as extensive try-out phases and pilots. It is Herpa Tech's motto to look at an inquiry from all angles from a unique, out of the box perspective,” Peter Nilsson explains.

Stick-to-skin and RFID products for healthcare sector

One major application area for Herpa Tech products is the healthcare sector. “The company not only produces RFID solutions but also other medical devices such as stick-to-skin applications for the healthcare market. One of our stick-to-skin solutions allows wireless ECGs from home so that patients benefit from fewer hospital visits. Moreover, we offer stick-to-skin plasters of cannulas for diabetes patients. We also provide tracking and monitoring solutions for medical labelling.”

“The pharmaceutical industry mostly uses disposable products, for example, disposable liquids in pharmaceutical test equipment or disposable test tube material, as well as disposable electronic components that we can label. Medication is another possible application area. Moreover, Herpa Tech products can ensure product security and process security in the healthcare environment via RFID to ensure that only suitable components are used,” Herpa Tech's CEO states.

The full article has been published in the "Company & Application Guide 2017 RFID | NFC | Smart Cards". Download your free copy today and continue reading on page 120!

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wlentzsch@herpa-print.de (herpa print) Articles Wed, 08 Nov 2017 12:23:37 +0100
Neosid introduces RFID interface sensors https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711074159/neosid-introduces-rfid-interface-sensors.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711074159/neosid-introduces-rfid-interface-sensors.html Active RFID dataloggers can save temperature curves and other sensor data.

Quality control for sensitive materials

One of many possible areas of application for the tag, according to Lead Developer Matthias Höß, is in pharma and medicine: “The thermal sensor provides quality control for sensitive areas. When transporting medicinal implants, for example, the constant temperature of the shipment has to be strictly and reliably monitored. Stents, for example, are treated with an antibiotic and have to be stored and transported at stable temperatures. If the cold chain is interrupted, the product is damaged and rendered unusable. In order to establish valid documentation, a temperature transponder can be transported in the same container as the items themselves.”

The new SensorTag was created on the basis of the established NeoTAG transponders and combines the RFID tag and sensor functionalities in a compact form – a diameter of 26 millimetres and a thickness of 3.9 millimetres. Because of the Neosid's developmental capacities, the tag size can be adapted to customer demand.

Matthias HößMatthias Höß “The company is always open to inquiries for customised tags,” Höß underlines. “The impulse to develop this new transponder came from our clients, who approached us with the need for a reliable transponder for sensitive areas of application. After the first talks, development of the SensorTag took approximately one year.”

Active sensors save temperature curves

Because of the different requirements of its customers, Neosid offers a passive and an active version of the SensorTag. While the passive sensor registers the current temperature and can transmit it via HF RFID communication, the active sensor can save temperature curves. Alternatively, gradients of other physical properties of their combinations can be measured. An application oriented parameter control enables adjusting measuring time, limits and signal resolution. This way, the effectiveness of transported medicine or the freshness of food items can be controlled and documented.

The full article has been published in the "Company & Application Guide 2017 RFID | NFC | Smart Cards". Download your free copy  today and continue reading on page 118!

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Yilmaz.Benzer@neosid.de (Neosid Pemetzrieder) Articles Tue, 07 Nov 2017 07:20:20 +0100
Tool identification with Tool-ID from Balluff at Volkswagen engine plant Salzgitter https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711064153/tool-identification-with-tool-id-from-balluff-at-volkswagen-engine-plant-salzgitter.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711064153/tool-identification-with-tool-id-from-balluff-at-volkswagen-engine-plant-salzgitter.html The tool magazines in the machining centres are equipped with Balluff Tool-ID read/write heads.

Automobile manufacturers such as Volkswagen secure their competitiveness especially with attractive and competitive products as well as through high quality, innovative production techniques and managed costs. At the same time, changing customer desires, especially in times of increasing market saturation, demand more product diversification, which for the customer takes the form of a wider selection of variations and greater product innovations.

This results in smaller production quantities per variation in spite of the same or even in-creased total quantities. For this reason it was decided at the Volkswagen engine plant in Salzgitter to change the machine concept from specialty and transfer systems to highly flexible machining centers. Considering, however, the high number of cutting tool changes needed on such machining centers, it becomes quickly clear why finding solutions for reducing the changing times to a minimum becomes paramount.

How tool handling can be made faster, simpler and more reliable is seen in the example of one of their production lines in which the 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter motors are machined. These production lines are broken down into various work sequences, of which one of the more complex processes was selected in order to begin a pilot project with tool identification using industrial RFID.

This stage consists of eight dual-spindle machining centers for various drilling, milling and high-speed cutting operations. In this area around 800 tools are kept at the ready in the tool magazines. The total production line however includes around 3,000 tools carrying a Balluff RFID data carrier on 16 machining centers. Since cast iron is machined here and there are great demands on surface finish quality, tool changes are relatively frequent. The tool planners are Volkswagen are talking about over 200 tool change cycles per month in this production stage alone.

The required time just for exchanging the tools on the machines and including entering the necessary parameters in the machine controller is estimated to be as much as 30 or more man hours per month. This includes removing the tools from the machines and manually entering the tool life for example on the respective tool identity cards.

The intention was to replace the usual cards with industrial RFID data carriers in the tool holders in order to eliminate manual entry of the tool data in the machine controller. This also has the advantage of preventing entry mistakes when replacing the exchanging the tools. All the tool-relevant data are stored on the RFID data carriers in full, without the possibility of any error or mistake.  

This article was published in the "Company & Application Guide 2017 RFID | NFC | Smart Cards". Download your copy for free today and continue reading on page 102.

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oliver.puetz-gerbig@balluff.de (Balluff) Use Cases Mon, 06 Nov 2017 09:17:28 +0100
For Pepperl+Fuchs, RFID is a Building Block of the Smart Factory https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711034152/for-pepperl-fuchs-rfid-is-a-building-block-of-the-smart-factory.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711034152/for-pepperl-fuchs-rfid-is-a-building-block-of-the-smart-factory.html With its multi-tag reading of more than 200 transponders, the Pepperl+Fuchs F192 is ideal for standard logistics applications.

One such aspect is flexibility in the use of automation solutions. Producers increasingly want system solutions that quickly and easily adapt to production changes. This applies both to the actual production as well as the provision of materials and logistics for intermediate and end products. The adaptation of production capacities though flexible system expansion should also be taken into account. This is driven by the expectations of the customer. This calls for an expansion of the delivery range and the production of smaller batches. In addition, the customer expects a quick delivery of the ordered components as well as a short turnaround time to market for new developments.

In order to achieve this flexibility, the individual components of a production plant, as well as the workpiece itself, must become smarter. This makes it possible to design processes to be decentralized, thus driving as much intelligence as possible into the actual manufacturing process. The individual component provides information that is converted into a production step by the processing machine. This is logged in the RFID tag so that the added information is also available in the next step. RFID is the only available transmission technology that enables the product ID to be both read and also written. It is therefore a sensory key to Industry 4.0.

At the lower level of production, RFID can significantly contribute to reducing costs, improving quality, and above all securing transparency in the automated production of variant products. RFID is the only economically viable technology for constantly reading and writing data in a single cost-efficient process.

In order to make the necessary adjustments to production, besides the appropriate overall concept, innovative RFID products that offer flexibility, possible worldwide use and perfect read/write properties must be used. With the IDENTControl system from Pepperl+Fuchs, an excellent piece of technology is available that combines all these requirements.

This article was published in the "Company & Application Guide 2017 RFID | NFC | Smart Cards". Download your copy for free today and continue reading on page 92.

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fa-info@de.pepperl-fuchs.com (Pepperl+Fuchs) Articles Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:00:35 +0100
SAG Overmolded Pear Keyfob is now available in UHF RFID https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711014164/sag-overmolded-pear-keyfob-is-now-available-in-uhf-rfid.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201711014164/sag-overmolded-pear-keyfob-is-now-available-in-uhf-rfid.html In addition to LF and HF, the Overmolded Pear Keyfob from SAG is now available in UHF RFID (RAIN RFID) as well.

In addition to LF, HF, or a combination of dual technologies, the Overmolded Pear Keyfob is now available in UHF RFID (RAIN RFID) as well. The theoretical reading range of the UHF tag is 4 meters, making it ideal for parking lot or dock door applications where long read ranges are required. Besides the usage in access control, the industrial grade plastic (PA6) makes Overmolded Pear Keyfob suited for other areas, such as manufacturing and logistics.

SAG helps realize your smart life with a good taste and we endeavour to do more than you expect.  

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stanley@sag.com.tw (Securitag Assembly Group) Press Releases Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:05:39 +0100
Leading research: TU Munich makes the invisible visible through holography https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201710254144/leading-research-tu-munich-makes-the-invisible-visible-through-holography.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201710254144/leading-research-tu-munich-makes-the-invisible-visible-through-holography.html Hologram technology could be used to track assets and products in manufacturing.

Fotograph 2.0: creating wifi visibility

Microwave radiation is everywhere: mobile phones, routers, and numerous other devices emit microwave radiation. These waves are absorbed or dispersed by objects in their path. Researchers of TU Munich have succeeded in creating a three-dimensional image of the environment using wi-fi holography. Friedemann Reinhard PhD, head of the Emmy Noether Group for Quantum Sensing, Walter Schottky Institute of TUM, explains the basic outlines of the project:

"Holography shows the world as if we had eyes for wifi radiation. The 3D image created can be looked at from all sides. Shadows and reflections on the walls can be made visibile as well. Holography is capturing the entirety of the object. The hologram is a sort of fotograph 2.0, with added object information."

Wi-fi holography looks behind objects!

During the experiment, the researchers deployed a common wi-fi router with a mobile antenna and a fixed antenna. The mobile antenna was mounted on a mobile platform in order to enable movement along one axis. The fixed antenna served as a point of reference, recording an interference-free set of data

The hologram itself is digitally created by comparing phase and amplitude of both signals at each point. In this reconstructed three-dimensional image, bright spots are emitters and dark spots indicate objects. The larger the scanned area, the better the depth perception reached by the hologram - up to and including the possibility of looking behind objects!

TU Munich received Research & Solutions Award!

At RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2017, the RFID & Wireless IoT Research & Solutions Award was presented for the first time. With the award, the organizers of the event want to project a signal for innovation and digital transformation. The Emmy Noether Group for Quantum Sensing, Walter Schottky Institute, TU Munich, was honoured for its work on wi-fi holography for object tracking applications. The award ceremony took place on September 27, 2017, directly following the lectures of Developer Day.

Friedemann Reinhard accepted the award on behalf of his team. He was thankful for the opportunity to present the innovative holography process to an expert audience at Europe's leading wireless IoT event:

"The RFID & Wireless IoT Research & Solutions Award has been a door-opener for our research group. Many potential partners have been made aware of our work, which facilitates continuing our research. RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2017 has been an excellent opportunity to discuss the results of our research project with users. This kind of feedback is valuable to us in order to know which projects have to be solved for deployment."

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presse@rfid-im-blick.de (PR RFID im Blick) Articles Wed, 25 Oct 2017 14:15:41 +0200
SICK celebrates ten years of operations in the Middle East https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201710254147/sick-celebrates-ten-years-of-operations-in-the-middle-east.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201710254147/sick-celebrates-ten-years-of-operations-in-the-middle-east.html SICK celebrated its 10th year of operations in the Middle East at its Dubai-based subsidiary SICK FZE in the presence of Renate Sick-Glaser (sixth from the right).

From its base in Dubai, SAI then both consolidated and further established its network of Distributors and channel partners across the Middle East, with responsibility for supporting 14 countries. Due to the strong growth of the local company as well as SICK AG’s further commitment to invest into the region, the branch office of SAI was converted into a wholly-owned subsidiary of parent company SICK AG of Waldkirch, Germany, and renamed SICK FZE (Free Zone Establishment) within the Jebel Ali Free Zone.

Due to the steady growth of SICK’s regional business and its investment into local sales support resources, a move to a bigger premises was required only a few years after SICK FZE’s incorporation. As a result, early in 2017 SICK FZE moved to a dedicated facility in the Business Plus Showrooms cluster within the Jebel Ali Free Zone.

These recent investments into new premises and resources at SICK FZE takes the solid platform already established over the last ten years to the next level, allowing SICK to further enhance its sales and service support to its Middle Eastern customer base, and therefore setting the stage for further growth and development over the next 10 years, with the sole aim of continuously increasing regional customer satisfaction.

SICK FZE – an intercultural place for great cooperation

Now in its 10th year of operations, SICK FZE is responsible for supporting all industry verticals - including Process, Factory and Logistics Automation – as well as for the full SICK portfolio of serial products, systems and service. As such, SICK provides a complete sales and service package to its wide network of end-user customers, distributor partners, EPCs, system integrators, and re-sellers across the region.

The local SICK FZE team that provides this support is made up of highly experienced solution engineers for pre-sales and technical support; product managers for ensuring that the product and applications meet the unique demands of the Middle East market; service and project coordinators to manage project roll-outs and after-sales support; as well as industry sales managers that ensure that the customer expectations are exceeded across the whole value chain.

“Our local team is made up of many different nationalities interacting together and this multicultural diversity further enhances effective communication, mutual understanding and close collaboration with our varied customer base across the many countries and language groups in the region”, says Martin Palmer, General Manager of SICK FZE in Dubai.

The SICK FZE team also works very closely with the corporate SICK AG head office in Germany as well as regional and international SICK entities in order to provide a seamless experience for the customer, irrespective of the global origin or destination of the customer’s sales or service requirement. In addition to SICK AG’s robust centralized Research and Development programs, SICK FZE is also proactively involved in conducting product or application trials locally in order to provide complete customized solutions as far as possible for its Middle East customers.

The local office is also highly active in participating at key exhibitions and trade shows where demonstrations of the latest product innovations and system solutions are regularly made. This further enables SICK FZE to help shape and support local industry trends and the future-proofing of sensor technology, especially in relation to Industry 4.0 and adding ever more value to data acquisition and the smart utilization thereof.  

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info@sick.de (Sick) Press Releases Wed, 25 Oct 2017 12:31:36 +0200
New readers to supplement RFID systems from Siemens https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201710254146/siemens-erweitert-rfid-portfolio-mit-neuen-lesegeraeten.html https://www.rfid-im-blick.de/en/201710254146/siemens-erweitert-rfid-portfolio-mit-neuen-lesegeraeten.html With the new Simatic RF380R, Siemens is supplementing its RFID reader portfolio by a read/write device to address the most stringent demands in terms of speed, data volume and diagnostic functionality.

 Rugged, compact and flexible – the new Simatic RF280R and Simatic RF380R read/write devices from the Simatic RFID portfolio from Siemens comply with many of the demands imposed by application in industrial environments. These include a compact design for space-saving installation, a high protection rating, simple engineering through integration in the TIA Portal using technology object “Ident” and an integrated antenna.

For the most stringent requirements

The Simatic RF380R read/write device is part of the RFID system Simatic RF300. This high-performance RFID system is designed to meet the most stringent standards in terms of speed, data volume and diagnostic functionality, and is around seven times faster than required by the ISO15693 Standard.

The new generation of the RF380R read/write device comes with a convenient set up guide for reliable determination of the ideal antenna position, the additional Mifare classic air interface, the mixed transponder mode and extended functionality for the simple integration of Moby I/E. Ranges of up to 240 millimeters as well as RS422 and RS232 interfaces round off the functions offered by the Simatic RF380R. The new generation of the Simatic RF380R read/ write device is mechanically and electrically fully compatible with the predecessor generation.

Solid and efficient

Simatic RF280R is an addition to the Siemens RF200 system, which works according to the international ISO15693 standard. In applications with lower performance requirements, this offers a cost-efficient alternative to the RF380R read/write device. The RF280R, which comes with an RS422 interface and integrated antenna, is particularly suited for use in dynamic applications.

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simatic-ident.industry@siemens.com (Siemens) Press Releases Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:57:52 +0200