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RFID solution for forklift vehicles

The RFID (radio-frequency identification) industrial reader Bluebox Micro IA from Idtronic, is suited for industrial applications within intralogistical processes with a forklift vehicle.

(Source: Idtronic)

The reading device is equipped with a M12 plug connection and has a power supply of 10 V to 36 V. The output line is up to 27 dBm / 500 mW. The line can be regulated from 10 dBm on, in 1 dBm steps.

The product has pre-drilled holes and therefore can be screwed on a forklift vehicle. The reader possesses a EIA-232 COM interface. This serial alignment is optimal for a connection to a monitor in the operators cab of a forklift vehicle. Furthermore, it is equipped with an EIA-485 Interface. The asynchronic serial alignment performs well for data communication over long distances to a warehouse.

The device is optionally available with CAN (SAE J1939 or CANopen). The CAN system is serial and enables data exchange between several ECUs (electronic control unit). Long cable lines are avoided by this interface. The network protocol J1939 is used for the transmission of diagnostic data and control information. The CANopen connection is a communication protocol suitable for automation processes within warehouse processes. Complex devices can be networked with it.

The Bluebox (Source: Idtronic)

The product supports the global UHF frequencies 865 MHz to 868 MHz and 902 MHz (Etsi) to 928 MHz (FCC). Due to its integrated antenna and the long reading distance of three meters, the reader is optimal for high rise racks and big storehouses. Pallettes and goods can be identified, from the mounted RFID transponders or from RFID tags via the Bluebox Micro IA, and assigned to shelves.

The product transfers the data to the monitor inside the forklift vehicle and displays the information about the content and the storage location. The RFID industrial reader suits different applications within logistical processes such as goods receipt / goods issue, warehouse management, intralogistics, as well as distribution.

The use of the Bluebox Micro IA automates the storehouse booking and provides a real-time control of the location of the goods. The device reduces wrong assignments and stockpiling. The lead time of orders are shortened by the RFID technology and optimized. The product is supplied with a software development kit and enables connection to existing systems.


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