One of our most recent request from a customer was to help them update their old Baumer OIS-L readers whish was beginning to show their age. The update was complicated by the fact that the Tag Data needed to be translated by a resolver database in real-time to positional data for the Cimat AVG:s that were and integrated part of their system. Part of this was also the need to send a tag-in-field signal to their PLC when a tag was in the antenna field for reading.
We solved this by adapting our previous Protocol Converter, make it modular and develop modules where a resolver database, as well as tag-in-field functionality, could be added.
|Ideal125 mounted on custom MPC||Ideal125 mounted on custom MPC|
The MPC is a further development and merge of our ZIOX host unit and Protocol converter. Following customers needs, it evolved and “MPC” now stands for Modular Protocol Converter – making it possible to add desired functions to the base unit, and thereby simplify the development of customer-specific requests. There are for example a complete keyboard emulator as well as a Tag-In-Field circuit that will send a signal as soon as a tag is within reading distance of an RFID antenna.
The basic MPC still keep the basic functions:
- Bit rate converter that also converts stop/start bits and parity.
- ZIOX-host controller.
Which can be extended with for example
- Logic controller – database with resolver data.
- Keyboard emulation
- Customer-specific modules
- Tag-In-Field circuit that will send a signal as soon as a tag is within reading distance of an RFID antenna