Ident System AB – Our RFID tags

Ident System carries a range of specialized and standard RFID tags on stock, or in some cases as made to order to adapt to our customer’s system. We will present a few of our most common tags here, but you might want to contact us to find the tag best suited for your specific needs.
When you want positional data for a forklift in the loading dock or factory floor to ensure that the load is taken to and from the right place, use our floor tag. The floor tag is part of a 125 kHz LF system and designed to be embedded in the floor – out of the way. All that is needed is to drill a small hole, drop in the tag, and refill the hole. Tag dimensions are 105 x 16 (diameter) mmWe typically install our Ideal125 LF reader in the forklift, connected to its terminal wich forwards the positional data to the WMS, etc. The antenna is mounted under the forklift.
For the packaging industry that manufactures for food and beverages companies, we have a UHF wet inlay tag suited for mounting inside the carton rolls.
We also have an LF 134.2 kHz tag especially developed for ID of Tambours in the paper industry. This tag is especially developed to handle the high demands of ruggedness and good readability when placed against a metal surface.
For tracking of tool (drills, milling machines etc) auto-selection and wear, we have a miniature glass tag working at 125 kHz. This is placed inside a milled slot in the tool and is ideally read by our handherld reader USB125 or similar.
For customers that still use the pc3103/xx (OIS-P) tags from Identec solution (Baumer) wich production were closed down in 2018, we offer customers a refurbishment program that makes the tags as new.The refurbishment program includes:
– exchange of battery = prolonged lifetime
– test of tags functions
– test of micro wave functions.
– The program is based on a minimum tag volume of 20 pc per batch or more.We can also offer a wide range of cable ties with LF/HF/UHF tags from HellermannTyton.

Identification products in Logistics industry 3 – Putting it together

In our series of Identification systems in the Logistics Industry, we have now covered Barcode and RFID readers. In this last newsletter in the series, we will be briefly discussing how it all can fit together and some of the surrounding equipment IdentSystem can provide. As mentioned earlier we will discuss RFID tags in a separate newsletter next week from a more general perspective. Fitting a whole system together will naturally depend totally on your own individual processes and setup, we will now present one example of how it can tie together.
A smaller delivery truck comes in with packages intended to be sent to the same destination. As they are offloaded, the Barcodes on each package is scanned and registered and sorted to a pallet intended for that destination. The pallet, when filled, is then coded as a separate item and when picked up by the forklift its barcode is read by a forklift mounted scanner. The tags data is sent to the WMS and in return the driver gets a destination point on his truck terminal, telling him which container he will offload the pallet in.
When he reaches the container, its position is read by an onboard RFID scanner with an antenna mounted under the forklift. The RFID tag with location data is embedded in the warehouse concrete floor. When the pallet is offloaded in the container, the driver closes the work order and get informed where to pick up the next pallet. If however the location ID of the RFID tag read at the container is not the intended one, he will not be able to close the process and instead get an error message telling him to deliver the pallet to the right container. So now we arrived at the last section of this newsletter and will present the accessories Identsystem has for extending the usage of our readers in different ways.

First out is the Master/Slave cable for EVS138 which allows two EVS138 barcode scanners to be connected to one Main unit. This can be done for two reasons:
1) letting them work as one wide range scanner and cover a wider area then is possible with only one scanner. For example on very wide forklifts.
2) letting them work in tandem where faults in reading cannot be allowed and compare the data read by each camera to confirm that correct data is read.

Second is our EVS-SPC (Smart Protocol Converter), which in its basic setup is configured as a Serial data converter for RS232. It can convert from one baud rate to another, change stop bits, etc. We choose this to be a modular build so that other features could be installed on request. Such features are: Keyboard emulator, ZIOX host controller, Logic controller with built-in ID translation database – for example where you have to upgrade the tags in your system but the ID:s doesn’t match the values of the previous tags – the EVS-SPC reads in the data from the new tag and translates it to data used by old tags.
On request, this EVS-SPC can be customized to match most of your needs.

Identification products in Logistics industry 2 – RFID

In the last newsletter we started our series of Identification products in the Logistics industry and started with barcodes. Now the time has come to RFID technology, which rightly used can be a good complement to barcodes.RFID coded items or positions does not, as is the case with barcodes, need to be in line of sight of the reader and is less vulnerable to dirt or dark locations. Example of this can be placement under a conveyor belt where the labelled items are passing above, embedded in a warehouse concrete floor to register where the ATV, Forklift etc is picking up or delivering an item, labelling a service location for scanning and documentation of services performed etc.
Our own RFID products and systems suitable for the logistics industry are mainly working in the LF range (125kHz). This range relatively insensitive to its surroundings, working around both water, metal, ice and snow. Reading distances are typically within 50cm which naturally reduces the risk of cross-reading another tag in the vicinity. Another advantage is that the range is less regulated and antennas can be custom made to fit a specific application without needing to be tested and approved – thus allowing a high flexibility in antenna design.We do however also help out customer to whole systems, built around what is best for their application – there are after all times when a HF or UHF system is better suited to solve a particular problem.
Regarding the RFID tags, we have a large assortment of LF and other tags among our products, such as encapsulated tags for embedding in a concrete floor, small glass tags to embed in tools and machinery, UHF sticker tags for labeling of singer products or packages, even for use in the food industry. We have also tags suited for mounting on a piece of machinery or service location, that is scanned to document when the item is serviced controlled.
We will discuss our tags in more detail in a separate newsletter 2 weeks from now.

Identification products in Logistics industry 1 – Barcodes

Our recent newsletters has to a large part been focused on products and their implementations in the process industry, but they are also well suited for the logistics and warehousing industry. In the coming month, we will present a series of newsletters were we introduce our products in this sector, and how they can be implemented. 

We will start in this mail by our EVS138/144 series of barcode readers, and in the next mail we will discuss RFID reader, followed by accessory equipment and implementation services.

Our range of EVS138/144 barcode scanners are ideal for the transportation and logistics sector. Being rugged and robust with a wide reading area, they are suited for both stationary placements as well as mobile on for example a forklift. Our range cover models well suited for outdoor use in strong sunlight where many ordinary readers might have trouble reading the codes, we have also models equipped with LED spotlights for indoor readings in dark warehouses.

For larger reading ares on a wide forklift mount, two units can be Master/Slave coupled and together work as one wide angle reader, or with each reader working separately to fail proof the reading. For stationary use our readers could be placed by a conveyor belt, reading the codes as they pass by. With a wide reading range, our readers easily pics up codes as they pass by.

For special conditions with hight demands on barcodes robustness, our readers can handle barcodes cut out in metal sheets.

A typical use for our code readers would be for container- or pallet handling and identification, the interface is a standard RS-232 and integrate with most Warehouse management systems.

We can also help customers to a complete system covering handheld barcode reader solutions for portable use through our network of suppliers.

Metal barcodes for rugged conditions

Barcode solutions for rugged environments.

For outdoor use, or in timber industry where the wood has to go into heated drying chambers, we can offer rugged barcodes that will not easily be damaged or faded.

With these barcodes we suggest using our EVS138 reader for outdoor use since it handles a wide range of weather conditions as well as strong sunlight.
Indoors in low light conditions, EVS144 is the recommended choice.

Our TambourID solution with older systems

Our LF (134.2kHz) solution for TambourID in the paper industry has now got an update that makes it more flexible and easier to install even with older OIS-P/Premid systems running ZIOX16.

We adapted our EVS-SPC (Smart Protocol Converter) and combined it with our TambourID system so that it can now not only communicate by modern serial protocols (RS232, RS422, Ethernet), but also with older protocols such as ZIOX16.

To make adaptation even easier and faster, we also use a resolver database which allows us to not only convert incoming data tag ID:s from 18 to 16 bytes needed for ZIOX16 (or other systems), but also enable us to translate our new data tag ID:s to the numbers already stored in your existing system, thus making out TambourID as non-intrusive at installation as possible.

Please contact us for more information about how we can adapt our TambourID to fit your specific needs.

Our smallest LF-antenna

77LS07 is an RFID antenna for the LF (125kHz) band suited for IDeal125 and OIS-L systems. Its dimensions are only 46 x 30 x 10 mm and comes equipped with a 5 meter cable. Its weight is only 230 grams and its suggested to mount directly against metal using 2 x M3 screws. 

​The OIS-L and IDeal125 systems work with HITAG1, HITAG2, HITAGS.

Contact us for more information about USB125 and tags.

Hide your RFID tags in the floor for forklift position data

When you want positional data for a forklift or similar in the loading dock or factory floor to ensure that the load is taken from the right place, or loaded at the correct container a good idea is to use our floor tag. The floor tag is part of a 125 kHz LF system and designed to be embedded in the floor – out of the way. All that is needed is to drill a small (ca 20mm) hole, drop in the tag and refill the hole.

An LF system is ideal in this case, it both reduces the risk of signals bouncing against the surrounding metal and the risk of reading a neighboring tag instead. We typically install our Ideal125 LF reader in the truck, connected to the trucks terminal wich forward the positional data to the WMS, etc. The antenna is then mounted under the forklift.

As a complement to this positional system. our EVS144 series of code readers can be mounted on the front of the forklift, to id the load and fed back this info to the WMS together with positional data to ensure that the right goods end up in the right position.

Please contact us for more information.

Replacing OIS-L 76/77 in Cimat AGV system

One of our most recent request from a customer was to help them update their old Baumer OIS-L readers whish was beginning to show their age. The update was complicated by the fact that the Tag Data needed to be translated by a resolver database in real-time to positional data for the Cimat AVG:s that were and integrated part of their system. Part of this was also the need to send a tag-in-field signal to their PLC when a tag was in the antenna field for reading.
We solved this by adapting our previous Protocol Converter, make it modular and develop modules where a resolver database, as well as tag-in-field functionality, could be added.

Ideal125 mounted on custom MPCIdeal125 mounted on custom MPC

The MPC is a further development and merge of our ZIOX host unit and Protocol converter. Following customers needs, it evolved and “MPC” now stands for Modular Protocol Converter – making it possible to add desired functions to the base unit, and thereby simplify the development of customer-specific requests. There are for example a complete keyboard emulator as well as a Tag-In-Field circuit that will send a signal as soon as a tag is within reading distance of an RFID antenna.

The basic MPC still keep the basic functions:

  • Bit rate converter that also converts stop/start bits and parity.
  • ZIOX-host controller.

Which can be extended with for example

  • Logic controller – database with resolver data.
  • Keyboard emulation
  • Customer-specific modules
  • Tag-In-Field circuit that will send a signal as soon as a tag is within reading distance of an RFID antenna

Complementing your TambourID system with our handheld USB reader.

If you have our 134.2 kHz TambourID system installed you might at times have run into a situation when you wanted to read the RFID tag installed on the tambour, but not had any other means to do this except for the fixed installed antennas. You might have suspected that the antenna or reader didn’t perform as it should, or that the tag was damaged and wanted to confirm the TagID or its function through in some additional way.

IdentSystems handheld USB reader can handle the TambourID tags and several other tags in the LF (125/134.2 kHz) range. It can be connected to your normal PC via USB and tag ID is read into the PC for verification. Our USB reader is also powered through the USB port, so no external power is necessary.

The USB reader can, of course, be used in other situations than the TambourID, it is suitable for a range of tags in the 125/134.2 kHz range, so have a look at our international site for details,
If you are from Sweden you can also purchase the reader from our webshop.