Sick shrinks read/writing unit

Louise Smyth

Sick has launched the RFU610, creating new opportunities to integrate the smallest RFID track and trace capability in automated machines and mobile vehicles across production, materials handling, and logistics environments.

Almost half the size of the next-level, mid-range RFU620 reader, the RFU610 needs an installation space of just 80 x 92 x 38 mm and achieves a scanning range of ≤0.5 metres.

The RFU610 is designed for short-range auto-ident applications such as tracking of smaller parts, sub-assemblies and electronic components, materials handling in e-Kanban processes, automating validation of correct tool set-up on industrial machines, as well as monitoring consignment transfers onto smaller Automated Guided Vehicles and Carts.

It combines antenna, intelligent control and connectivity into a single IP67 aluminium housing. There is no need for a separate connection box, and cabling is minimised.  

The RFU610’s in-built antenna monitors a focused reading zone that avoids misreading of unwanted tags in the vicinity, while still reliably mastering bulk tag identification, an advantage when handling small components at short ranges. 

Developers or system integrators wishing to adapt it to develop custom applications can use the Sick AppSpace software platform to programme it for individual tasks.


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