Siemens introduces Simatic RF185C, RF186C and RF188C communication modules

  • November 20, 2018
  • Siemens
Siemens introduces Simatic RF185C, RF186C and RF188C communication modules
Siemens introduces Simatic RF185C, RF186C and RF188C communication modules

November 20, 2018 - Siemens is extending its portfolio of Simatic Ident communication modules. The first devices of the series to launch are the Simatic RF185C, RF186C and RF188C. Available options allow one, two or four readers to be connected and operated via Ethernet/Profinet, ensuring a match to the required number of readers. The web-based management and the engineering in the TIA (Totally Integrated Automation) Portal, enable secured access to configuration, commissioning and diagnostic tools at any time. The diagnostic function during operation and the diagnostic history which is available in the logbook also enhance plant availability. The new devices support OPC UA as an IoT (Internet of Things) interface, and communicate via the OPC UA AutoID Companion Specification V1.0 data model. This enables vendor-independent communication within the automation and a standardized connection to cloud applications through an industrial IoT gateway.

The devices of the Simatic RF18xC series are suitable for use in all areas of automation. Their design and protection rating of IP67 enables them to be used in harsh industrial environments and wherever space is restricted.

The communication modules are compatible with the predecessor model Simatic RF180C in terms of their functionality and programming, eliminating the need to adapt the existing application software. The application can run on the field level using a controller, on the IT level or directly at the PC. With two connections each for Ethernet and power supply, the devices support both star and line topologies as well as ring topology. In line topologies, the standardized L-coded M12 connectors for the power supply allow a high transmission current of up to 16 amperes.

Connection to cloud applications such as the open cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere takes place over an industrial IoT gateway such as Ruggedcom RX1400 with CloudConnect. Simatic RF185C, RF186C and RF188C enable cloud communication while operating with the controller. As a result, the communication modules are suitable for use in RFID-supported digitalization solutions in industrial automation and pave the way for connecting high-frequency RFID systems such as Simatic RF200 and RF300 to the cloud. Analysis of the data transmitted to the cloud supplies vital information about KPIs such as plant availability and the utilization of assets.  

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