IO-Link for industry-standard auto-ID devices


SICK has pioneered the addition of IO-Link to two of its most compact and industry-standard identification devices. Both the SICK CLV61X fixed-mount 1D bar code reading scanner and the RFU61X UHF RFID read/write device were first to market with IO-Link variants, enhancing the integration versatility of SICK’s identification portfolio.  

The addition of IO-Link opens up opportunities to configure edge integrations with other IO-Link sensors and IO-Link Masters, explained Darren Pratt, SICK’s Market Product Manager for Identification: “It is rare for identification devices to be used in isolation. They are almost always used with presence detection sensors for triggering or measurement sensors for classifying or measuring.

“Using IO-Link results in a common interface infrastructure with low-cost plug-and-play cabling, while still providing access to diagnostic data and enabling configuration via the communications network.”

THE CLV 61X is used in many industries thanks to its highly reliable 1D code reading performance across a wide reading field, even at short distances, ideal for common identification tasks on a conveyor. With SMART620 code reconstruction, even damaged, contaminated and partially obscured barcodes are read consistently.

The smallest industrial UHF RFID read/write device of its kind, the SICK RFU61X, achieves an impressive scanning range of up to 0.5m. The innovative design combines an in-built antenna, intelligent control and connectivity in a single, rugged, IP67 aluminium housing.

The SICK RFU61X is ideal for applications such as tracking smaller parts, sub-assemblies and electronic components, materials handling in e-Kanban processes, identifying pallets on a roller conveyor, or monitoring consignment transfers onto smaller Automated Guided Vehicles and carts.

Both the CLV61X and the RFU61X offer highly versatile connectivity with Ethernet/IP and PROFINET protocols, and an option for a single Power-over-Ethernet connection. Both devices offer a direct connection option for a trigger sensor.


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