Product identification with "all-in-one RFID": the new PD67 RFID Handheld from Turck

In the field of medicines and pharmaceuticals, it is a mandatory legal requirement for products to be identified and for all of the manufacturing and processing to be traceable. This raises the question of which identification technology is suitable. If RFID is one of the options, then it is possible to choose between HF RFID and UHF RFID. A dilemma? Not with the new PD67 multiband RFID handheld reader from TURCK.

Copycats make life hard for the pharma industry. Their counterfeit pharmaceuticals harm the economy and endanger consumer health. The efforts within the major economic areas to seamlessly serialise medicinal products should halt the counterfeiters in their tracks, as each product throughout the entire production chain will be identified with a serial number. This identification can be via a barcode, data matrix code or RFID code. So which identification technology should mechanical engineers choose?

HF RFID and UHF RFID compared

HF technology is preferred in some production processes for medicinal products. High-frequency (HF) RFID can be used universally and has high transfer rates and clock frequencies. However, users need to be willing to accept shorter read/write ranges of a few millimetres to a foot at most. By contrast, ultra-high-frequency (UHF) RFID allows the reading and writing of data carriers over large distances without visual contact. This is a major advantage in the identification of pharma products, since UHF allows the serial number applied to the secondary packaging, tertiary packaging, box and pallet in accordance with the regulations to be read quickly and easily.

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Not “either... or” but “both... and”

The new PD67 multiband RFID handheld reader from our technology partner Turck bridges the gap between the two frequency ranges. The innovative device can read and write data carriers from both frequency ranges. Its optional barcode and QR code reader offers additional flexibility. Data transfer is possible via either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. For specific applications, TURCK can develop individual software to order or provide appropriate API files for self-written programs. The turnkey RFID solution provider and Bachofen partner Turck Vilant Systems can provide appropriate software in the case of more advanced requirements, such as integration into ERP systems.

Quickly and easily find the right RFID solution with Bachofen

However you intend to use your RFID system for efficient product identification: it is always about finding the right combination of data carrier, write-read head and electrical data interface. With our extensive knowledge of RFID and understanding of the sector-specific requirements of pharmaceutical production, we can help you with this.


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