Pepperl+Fuchs introduces IDENTControl Compact — one- and two-head RFID controller solutions to complement the company's family of four-head IDENTControl RFID controllersIDENTControl Compact delivers the same easy-to-use software features and robust operation as the company's four-head solutions but in a compact housing that is four times smaller, and that enables users to connect all read/write heads, even with different frequency ranges, to a single control interface.
"Until now, Pepperl+Fuchs' RFID connectivity for Ethernet and PROFIBUS systems was limited to four-head RFID controllers. This was great for large systems because of the high read head density and the advanced diagnostics available from the graphical display and keypad, but didn't work well for systems requiring just one or two read heads," says Tim Cicerchi, Product Manager.  "Our new one- and two-head RFID controllers have a completely new design ideally suited for smaller panels that require only one or two heads, while providing a more distributed RFID control system for larger installations. Read heads can come back to their own controller rather than be consolidated into four-head controller blocks," he says.
These Ethernet controllers have additional features including two onboard Ethernet connectors with a built-in switch.  This allows for multiple Ethernet topologies including linear, star, and ring.  Ring topologies are especially interesting because they incorporate media redundancy.  If the ring is broken for whatever reason the communication path is rerouted to keep the system up and running.  The same controller supports all common Industrial Ethernet protocols, including Ethernet/IP, PROFINET, Modbus/TCP, and TCP/IP.  Buy one model and all protocols, customers, and applications are covered.
All of the IDENTControl Compact controllers have quick disconnects so they can be mounted where required - in a panel or out in the field - without switching hardware.  All IDENTControlread heads - including low-frequency 125 kHz for machine tooling, high-frequency 13.56 MHz for pallet tracking and logistics, and microwave 2.45 GHz for automotive applications, can be connected, so the applications are limitless.
IDENTControl Compact is especially suitable for use in small assembly lines, specialty machine, and AGV applications.
Pepperl+Fuchs is a world leader in the design, manufacture and application of high quality factory and process automation products and services. Pepperl+Fuchs pioneered the development of proximity sensors 50 years ago, and has set the standard for innovation and quality ever since. 
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