RFID technology with IO-Link connectivity eliminates hose-coupling errors in fluidized pneumatic-transport systems


Bulk-handling- and pneumatic-transport-system designers use RFID technology to eliminate connection errors at manual hose-coupling stations for fluidizable materials. Coupling stations, with IO-Link-enabled read/write modules (RWMs) mounted on each outlet pipe, use manual quick-release hoses to feed materials to multiple machines. RFID tags, mounted integrally within each hose coupling and blanking cap, identify the mating parts uniquely, allowing individual outlet/hose combinations to be verified at the time of connection.