RFID device

Contactless recognition

Technology - Wednesday, 12 September 2018

A new device recently developed by Gimatic in line with the Industry 4.0 principles is the RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) module for robot grippers. In addition to identifying precisely and without error the tool required, this device is even able to transfer data to the operator or directly to the robot.

The information related to process monitoring, transmitted on the web service, includes production batch, part lists, lead times and the number of cycles carried out for predictive maintenance. For this latter case, in particular, on reaching the preset number of cycles, the device emits a signal alerting the personnel in order to carry out the maintenance operation, thus avoiding unforeseen events that might affect the production process.

The system is mounted on the tool changer and consists of an RFID reader and a memory TAG. In addition, thanks to binary encoding via eight 24-Vdc digital outputs, it can distinguish up to 255 different tools. The company has also developed a free app that makes it possible to communicate with the RFID device via a smartphone or a tablet in order to control all gripper data quickly and intuitively without the use cable connections.

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