A new RFID antenna has been developed by Harting that is designed for precise recognition of tools or production materials in an industrial environment.

The new sMR20 RFID antenna provides defined read ranges as low as one metre, which is claimed to be an improvement on the currently accepted industry norm. As a result, items in close proximity to one another can be easily recognised and correctly assigned.

The antenna operates over a wavelength range from 865MHz to 928MHz for worldwide use, and offers a degree of protection to IP 67. It features a design that is insensitive to potential sources of interference, and the antenna can be mounted directly onto a metal surface.

Uses for the device include the recognition of tools, recognition of manufactured goods on production lines, identification of workpieces in machines, and manufacturing logistics.

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