Smart Machines & Factories
HARTING’S RFID reader now comes with wireless capabilities
Published:  21 May, 2018

Based on its extremely robust MICA® edge computing system, HARTING's new Ha-VIS RF-R3x0 RFID reader is now more flexible and adaptable, thanks to the addition of W-LAN, 3G/4G (LTE) and Bluetooth capabilities.

With M12 circular connectors and pressure-cast aluminium housing, the RFID readers are durable and have undergone special product testing and approval procedure in the HARTING Group's certified and independent laboratory. As a result, there are no more obstacles to tool recognition by an injection-moulding machine or platform detection in a tram system.

As an alternative to wired Ethernet communication, the reader family is now available with W-LAN, 3G/4G (LTE) and Bluetooth, making it even easier to integrate and use the UHF RFID technology in a wide range of applications. A wireless connection can now replace Ethernet cabling when required, whether that be in UHF RFID forklift applications, train identification in a shunting yard or simply in retrofitting installed tracking and tracing solutions.

Data can also be sent directly to the Cloud via LTE without complicated integration in an end customer's existing IT infrastructure. Radio sensors can also be combined with RFID technology. For example, a simple brightness sensor in a production hall can activate an RFID reader when a plant is in operation.

The flexible and open software concept used in the RF-R3x0 family means more functions can be added, in the same way as they are on a smartphone. For RFID applications, the devices are already pre-set up. Depending on the application the correct function can easily be activated, whether it is LLRP connecting to HARTING's GS1 certified middleware, OPC UA according to the OPC Foundation’s Companion Specification, modbus TCP for simple communication with existing control systems or the middleware for raw data processing embedded in the reader.

With the addition of this new range, HARTING has made a significant enhancement to its range of robust and railway-tested UHF RFID readers. In total, with all the software and hardware configuration levels available, HARTING now offers fourteen different UHF RFID readers.

Please click here for more information about the HARTING RFID range.