The devices of the new Simatic RF18xC series are suitable for use in all areas of automation. Their particularly compact design and high protection rating of IP67 enables them to be used in harsh industrial environments and wherever space is restricted. Despite the many innovative new features, 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 new 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. In this way, the communication modules and RFID system serve as a link between the real and the digital world, permitting operational resources such as containers and pallets, that previously could not be mapped digitally, to now be identified and tracked. Analysis of the data transmitted to the cloud supplies vital information about KPIs such as plant availability and the utilization of assets, so making a valuable contribution to process optimization.
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