Identification in Integrated Industry
In order to implement processes for Integrated Industry, a key requirement is the clear, automated recognition and localization of objects. Products being manufactured as well as components must have their own identifier. Identification is the key to creating the necessary transparency of production and logistics processes. It enables the direct communication – as smart objects – between the machines and the product being manufactured. The product can thus control the production process itself within the smart factory.
This is why transmitter-receiver technologies such as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and Auto-ID solutions are the core technologies for integrated industry. RFID is a wireless identification technology that uses radio communication with transponders (objects). The communication is initiated by an RFID read-write unit (reader). The transponder is embedded directly in the object. This provides the required real-time transparency and unambiguousness. It delivers contextual information that is used in the facility process while at the same time supporting the central role of humans in the Integrated Industry concept. Thus, RFID plays a central role. It provides tagged products with the required identity, enables bi-directional communication between objects and the IT world, and can function as product memory and data storage to help handle the increasing complexity of integrating various systems. Process flows are independently influenced and monitored
HARTING's powerful and reliable RFID technology offers the appropriate products worldwide, including the transponders and software package.
As a member of the Industry Association for Automatic Identification, Data Acquisition and Mobile Data Communication (AIM), HARTING is also involved in the standardization of RFID communications.