Kathrein launches the ARU 2400: a RAIN RFID reader with an Innovative Connection Concept
With its slim, smart design, durability and functionality, the reader can be used in a variety of applications. The powerful RAIN RFID interface known from Kathrein and the robust design are also present in this 27-dBm-class reader.
The ARU 2400 offers new mounting and connection options. The housing of the ARU 2400 can easily be installed in existing shelves using the mounting points for the so-called ITEM profiles. The plugs and sockets are just as easy to operate. For both the power supply and the terminal block of the digital inputs and outputs, a terminal strip with screw terminals – which allow direct cable installation – is installed.
Furthermore, the reader has antenna connections in accordance with the FAKRA standard. These antenna connectors known from the automotive industry are robust and vibration-resistant. The coded connectors lock in place with a click and are connected in seconds, which makes installation in large rollout projects considerably easier and also reduces hardware costs.
Performance in the 27-dBm class
Kathrein enthuses with the ARU 2400 reader with the innovative FAhRA connection technology and relies on the well-known, powerful RAIN RFID front end. This enables a secure reading of RAIN RFID transponders in the range of up to 3 meters.
The integrated SMSH HG antenna system with an opening angle of 60°/60° enables extremely selective detection of the transponders in the desired reading field.
Furthermore, the reader has the Kathrein antenna interface @KRAI at its 3 external antenna terminals to be able to control dynamic and intelligent antennas. This way, depending on power requirements, it is possible to control up to 8 antennas in a cascade per FAhRA port. This reduces costs by up to 40%, particularly in applications with multiple reading points, such as KanBan shelves.
Due to the additional position information of the individual antennas, it is easy to locate the load carriers. The built-in digital inputs and outputs enable an easy control of external sensors or actuators.
The integrated Linux industrial PC can run independently with applications, such as AccessManager or TagBlower. In this case, no additional application software is required. Due to the built-in PoE interface, which is accessed via a standard RJ45 connector, it is possible to easily integrate the reader into a network.
4 freely programmable LEDs, which are perfectly visible at daylight, enable a customisable visualisation of the individual process steps and informs an employee about the status of the device.
The new ARU 2400 is ideally suited tor all simple AutolD applications in industry, intralogistics and healthcare areas. Due to its innovative connection and functional concept, the reader meets all requirements for digitisation of the existing production and logistics processes in a cost-ettective and flexible way.
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