Off-line data collection and tracking using Balluff radio frequency identification-enabled HandHelds can be your key to the success in manufacturing and logistics processes. Being able to read and write data to RFID tags using HandHeld programming units can easily and reliably manage the data available and in some cases dramatically increase 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 reduction in manufacturing and processing errors.
Balluff 's new rugged, industrial-grade HandHeld for portable reading and writing of data carriers in the Balluff BIS RFID identification system is available . This modular expandable device with IP 65 protection and integrated read/write head stands out with nearly double the read/write distances and 100% compatibility with the BIS L/M and C systems. Practical and well-engineered accessories such as an optional pistol grip enable ergonomic and non fatiguing operation. For portable reading of bar or matrix codes with the HandHeld as well, Balluff offers an image or laser scanner.
Thanks to Balluff’s pre-installed software the device is ready to use out of the box and simple to operate. Data can be managed conveniently from a keyboard or using a stylus. A brilliant colour display provides accurate viewing even under difficult lighting conditions. Users can select various display modes; even password management of MIFARE data carriers is possible. An optional software development package allows users to create their own screens and applications. If requested, Balluff can also provide ready to use custom versions. An optional W-LAN module can be used for wireless transmission of data to controllers, printers or PCs having a WLAN interface. Bluetooth is also possible for close-range applications.
For offline Rework Stations Balluff’s RFID HandHeld can access and change data. 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. Balluf RFID HandHelds also allow operators to write rework data to the tag to maintain maximum visibility throughout the process.
In closed loop logistics stations, logistics data written to an RFID tag on totes or skids can again be easily accessed or modified. Data such as identification of contents, destinations for processing, or storage and retrieval location data is readily available. As they also support barcode readers and wireless WAN or Bluetooth options to enable the user to write or retrieve data from network servers, this provides users with maximum real-time visibility for any closed-loop logistics system.
RFID asset tags can also 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.
The Balluff RFID HandHelds are available on 3 separate frequencies including 125KHz and 13.56 MHz (ISO14443 and ISO15963) allowing third party RFID data carriers to be read and edited.