The high-performance UHF RFID system 

SIMATIC RF600

SIMATIC RF600 for transparent processes in the digital enterprise

As an essential element in digital infrastructure, SIMATIC RF600 offers end-to-end supply chain solutions with an integrated, scalable portfolio of readers, antennae, and tags.

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The SIMATIC RF600 UHF system

Highlights

  • Scalable portfolio of high-performance UHF readers – now including compact versions
  • Large selection of labels and tags for industrial applications
  • Wide range of external antennae for all ambient conditions
  • Transparency in production and logistics, thanks to simple cloud connections via OPC UA
  • Reduced project expenditure thanks to quick and easy access to proven configuration, commissioning, and diagnostic tools via a Web browser
  • Proven ‘UHF for Industry’-algorithms
  • Reduced engineering costs: Easy integration into the SIMATIC automation environment, for example, the TIA Portal
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SIMATIC RF600

RFID system SIMATIC RF600 meets the cloud

Unlock the benefits of digitalization for manufacturing and logistics industries with the next generation of RFID.  RF600 with built-in OPC UA interoperability opens the door to new applications, spanning wider geograhies and includes cloud-based analytics.

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The future is digital

SIMATIC RF600 delivers data to the cloud

The analysis and use of huge amounts of data opens up unimagined potential. You can now use your data efficiently using MindSphere: the cloud-based, open IoT operating system. As a link between the real and digital worlds, SIMATIC RF600 allows operating resources that couldn’t previously be mapped digitally to be registered and tracked. Subsequent analysis makes KPIs like system availability, capacity utilization and energy-saving potential transparent. This enables the optimization of production processes and supply chains, for example, in order to improve efficiency and quality in production, logistics, asset management, and other areas.

Tap potential with the latest solutions 

Thanks to SIMATIC RF600, you’ll benefit from an end-to-end solution that ranges from sensors and connections to digital services and cloud-based applications. The easy and secure connection to cloud applications utilizes an industrial IoT gateway, like RUGGEDCOM RX1400 with CloudConnect – SIMATIC S7-1500 and CP1545-1. This is supported by Siemens MindSphere, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud.

New from Siemens: A scalable portfolio of high-performance UHF readers

SIMATIC RF610R

Ultra-compact UHF-RFID reader

This compact, cost-efficient reader without digital inputs and outputs or external antenna connection can be used directly in plants with a range of up to 1 m. Two functions make commissioning, error tracking, and servicing easier: The ability to access proven configuration, commissioning, and diagnostic tools via Web-based Management. And the presentation of operational status and error messages on a framed LED status display. 

 

Your benefits:

  • Compact design: 133 x 133 x 45 mm
  • Internal antenna with circular polarization
  • Simple, standardized, secure connection to cloud applications via an industrial IoT gateway

SIMATIC RF615R

Highly compact UHF RFID reader

The SIMATIC RF615R reader is ideally suited for use in mechanical engineering and plant construction as well as in material handling, wherever compact dimensions and a short read range of up to 1 m are required. An integrated antenna with circular polarization and an external antenna connection allow it to be mounted right where it’s needed and operated with no need for accessories. You also benefit from increased plant availability, thanks to diagnostics during live operation and a diagnostic history in the logbook.
 

Your benefits:

  • Especially compact design: 133 x 155 x 45 mm
  • Proven “UHF for Industry”-algorithms
  • Cloud connection via OPC UA interface and IoT gateway: for example, RUGGEDCOM RX1400 with CloudConnect

SIMATIC RF615A

Especially compact UHF antenna

The especially compact design of the SIMATIC RF615A and its protection class (IP67) make the antenna ideal for installation in tight spaces – and for use under the toughest industrial conditions. Linear polarization also reliably reduces the impact of reflection and over-ranges. The antenna is easy and convenient to attach to the SIMATIC RF600 reader using a pre-assembled UHF antenna cable.

 

Your benefits:

  • Extremely compact design (52 x 52 x 16 mm)
  • High protection class (IP67) for harsh environmental conditions
  • Read distance of up to 1.3 m

SIMATIC RF642L

Self-adhesive label on metal

The new passive, self-adhesive SIMATIC RF642L smart label was designed for metal surfaces and offers a read range of up to 2.8 m. Its protection class (IP68) and temperature resistance from -20° Celsius to +85° Celsius make it especially appropriate for use in challenging industrial conditions. For example: RFID-assisted asset management or to identify load transfer devices, containers and other metal devices.
 

Your benefits:

  • Can be directly mounted on metal, with a read distance of up to 2.8 m
  • Large 448-bit EPC and 2048-bit user memory
  • Small, compact design (50 x 22.5 x 1.6 mm)

SIMATIC RF645T

Tag for metal mounting

The sturdy, maintenance-free, passive SIMATIC RF645T tag (52 x 36 x 12.5 mm) was specifically designed for mounting directly on metal surfaces. Depending on the environment and the readers and antennae used, it can achieve a read/write distance of up to 6 m. The tag’s broadband operating frequency (865 MHz to 928 MHz) makes it globally usable – in production control, in supply chain and asset management, and in tracking and tracing. 

 

Your benefits:

  • Read/write distance of up to 6 m
  • Sturdy, passive, and maintenance-free
  • Large user memory for both central and local data management

SIMATIC  RF682T

Tag without heat limit

The silicon-free and chemical-resistant SIMATIC RF682T tag can be used fault-free, even at temperatures of up to 220° Celsius. Combined with its high protection class (IP68/IPx9K), this makes it suitable for use under the toughest industrial conditions: for example, in washing plants, painting lines, and drying ovens. It also comes with a huge memory capacity and can be used for both central and local data management. Its broadband configuration means it can be used in many different countries.

 

Your benefits:

  • For applications involving exposure to high temperatures of up to +220° Celsius
  • Large 256-bit EPC and 3072-bit user memory
  • Can be mounted directly on metal, with a read distance of up to 3.5 m
Versatile applications with SIMATIC RF600

Quality and efficiency along the value chain

Individual solutions for all applications, reliable tag recognition, and easy commissioning, maintenance, and servicing: Benefit from multiple advantages united in a single system. Learn how from the following use cases.

Requirements

  • The transportation of similar types of objects via modular and space-saving conveyor systems.

Solution

  • SIMATIC RF615R and SIMATIC RF650A UHF antenna together form a small gate.
  • SIMATIC RF610R is connected directly to a PC on the conveyor system as a standalone solution.

Benefits

  • Compact reader is easy to integrate in small spaces.
  • Local response to trigger signals and read events using integrated, digital IOs.
  • Cost-efficient gate configuration. 

Requirements

  • Equip each workstation with one read point to track objects on the line.

Solution

  • SIMATIC RF680R and R685R can be networked together with two integrated PROFINET connections each.

Benefits

  • PROFINET networking prevents an unfavorable star structure.
  • This makes it easy to implement production controls, for example, and one-time manufacturing to customer specifications.

Requirements

  • Monitor incoming, outgoing, and the distribution of goods.

Solution

  • SIMATIC RF680R with four antennae monitors the incoming goods gate.
  • Sender data on the tag is read and sent wirelessly to higher-level systems.
  • Individual packages commissioned according to order, with new recipient data on tags.
  • After the packages are checked the gate for outgoing goods is opened or a warning message issued.

Benefits

  • Saves time and prevents errors, thereby increasing throughput.
  • Integrated OPC UA interface keeps integration cost and effort low.


Requirements

  • Automatic, cross-location tracking and tracing of goods.

Solution

  • Installation of SIMATIC RF650R with up to four antennae, sensor technology, and signal at one gate.
  • Sensor starts/ends the read process for the tags attached to the product.
  • Signal shows red for “error” and green for “clear to go”.
  • The data automatically acquired is forwarded to a cloud platform via an Industrial IoT gateway.

Benefits

  • Creates transparency in material flows and prevents errors.
  • Worldwide availability of data that is always up to date – including across company boundaries. 

Requirements

  • Consistent, end-to-end identification of car bodies, from shell construction to final assembly.

Solution

  • Heat-resistant SIMATIC RF680L smart labels automatically attached to automobile bodies
  • SIMATIC RF685R connected via PROFINET or using ASM456 via PROFIBUS
  • Additional SIMATIC RF680A adaptive antenna ensures reliable read results, even in challenging environments

Benefits

  • Uniform identification system reduces costs
  • Continuous identification improves quality and productivity

Requirements

  • Acquiring up-to-date information on asset location, condition, and content at all times.

Solution

  • Information via RFID gates and read points in the area where the assets are located.
  • Comprehensive documentation for each process step.
  • Information on asset status and contents is written to the tags.

Benefits

  • Transparency over inventory and degree of utilization.
  • Comprehensive documentation of product quality and legal requirements.
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The right device for your requirements

Components for the SIMATIC RF600 RFID system

Our portfolio of SIMATIC RF600 solutions provides you with a wide range of components for almost all identification tasks. Regardless of capacity, design, or degree of protection required.

Technical data

Read/write distance 
up to 8 m
Frequency

865–868 MHz (ETSI for Europa)

902–928 MHz (FCC for USA)

920–925 MHz (CMIIT for China)

920–924 MHz (ARIB for Japan)

Standards

EPCglobal Class 1 Gen 2

ISO 18000-63

ISO 18000-62

Communication protocols

XML, PROFINET, OPC UA and EtherNet/IP integrated via Industrial Ethernet

References

SIMATIC RF600 RFID system in practice

SIMATIC RF600 is used in many different sectors. We have compiled an interesting selection of references for you here.
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