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Whether in production or logistics, communication modules allow you to connect our SIMATIC Ident systems (radio frequency identification [RFID] and optical identification systems) to SIMATIC controllers, PC-based systems, or controllers from third-party suppliers. The new RF18xC communication modules even support RFID-based digitalization solutions in industrial automation, thus paving the way for connecting HF RFID systems to the cloud. As part of TIA, the communication modules can be efficiently integrated in the SIMATIC world.

Integration in TIA Portal enables simple parameterization and provides for fail-safe planning. Standard function blocks, also integrated in TIA Portal, ensure that existing Ident applications are operational immediately, even if you change readers.

Communication modules at a glance

Versions with different interfaces are available for optimally integrating the SIMATIC Ident systems in Totally Integrated Automation (TIA). The communication modules are ideal for use in all areas of automation. Their particularly compact design and high degree of protection enables the devices to be used in harsh industrial environments and wherever space is restricted.

  • SIMATIC RF18xC for PROFINET/OPC UA

  • ASM 456, SIMATIC RF160C for PROFIBUS DP

  • SIMATIC RF170C for distributed SIMATIC ET 200pro

  • SIMATIC RF120C for SIMATIC S7-1200

  • ASM 475 for SIMATIC S7-300 and ET 200M

Areas of application

  • Machine building and systems engineering, automation systems, conveyor technology

  • Ancillary assembly lines in the automotive industry / suppliers

  • Small assembly lines

  • Production machines

System benefits

  • Various connector concepts (M12, RJ45, push-pull, or ECOFAST) for flexible application connection

  • Comprehensive diagnostic functions for fast fault detection

  • Modular systems integration with standard function blocks

  • Simple connection, thanks to support of Ident profile (PNO)

  • Access to configuration, commissioning, and diagnostic tools via TIA Portal using an “Ident” technology object

  • Seamless integration from the field level to the cloud-based, open IoT operating system MindSphere

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