The November technology evening was held at the Umhambi lodge and sponsored by SICK Automation. Mark Madeley, the product manager responsible for identification products, gave a presentation on the basics of RFID. Mark started off by explaining the principles of inductive coupling used on the near field low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF) ID tags as well as the backscatter method used on the far field ultra high frequency (UHF) tags. He then went on to discuss the possible ranges that can be achieved by the different RFID techniques including the relationship between the range and energy emitted by the antenna.
From left to right: Mark Madeley, Mervyn Govender, and Prishan Chain.
Mark went on to explain the different types of tags available on the market: passive, semi-passive and the active tags, from the very cheap plastic types to the robust outdoor models, as well as the generic tag architecture. The memory organisation was also reviewed as well as the RFID industry standards. The RFID market from the automated vehicle ID, car body skid identification, conveyor belts product ID (airport systems), smart warehouses, rail wagons, container, and pallet identification were also points of interest and, according to Mark, the market vast and still growing.
Mark introduced SICK’s RFID readers and explained their capability to read tags in any orientation. He then did a practical demonstration where he wrote to an ID tag and read back the data.
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The registration process for people doing engineering work according to the Identification of Engineering Work, (IoEW) document gazetted in March, will start in earnest next year.
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The Identification of Engineering Work that has been in the making since 2000, was eventually gazetted in March this year. People now have roughly three years to comply – depending on your surname.
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Following lockdowns, shutdowns and the second wave, the Johannesburg branch rolled out a combined/online meeting for May, hosted by Adroit Technologies.
Dave Wibberley spoke on ...
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This month let’s examine the question: what is considered engineering work? (Refer to Government Gazette Vol 669 published 26 March 2021 No 44333.)
It is important to understand what is considered ...
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As a well-known and respected figure in the industry, Gary Friend (sales director, Extech Safety Systems) drew record crowds for the Durban branch’s July (virtual) technology meeting. His presentation ...
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The branch recently had the privilege of hosting Turck Banner for another hybrid technology evening, which was a great success. The topic was, ‘Have you seen the light?’
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An integrated geared unit that combines the recently launched Nord IE5+ synchronous motor and a single-stage helical gear unit offers optimum system efficiency.