BIS M Industrial RFID System
BIS M Industrial RFID System

The force packet for speed and large volumes of data

The RFID system BIS M (13.56 MHz) supports global ISO standards and scores with a high transmission speed for large volumes of data.

Through various combination options of data carriers and read/write heads, the system can be used for many applications. For example, it is suitable, for part tracking in the vicinity or for applications in production control (palletizing, recording on the workpiece, ...).

Key benefits

  • 4-pin standard wiring and availability of IO-Link components
  • In combination with passive data carriers of average ranges up to a max. of 400 mm
  • Seamless integration in applications through global RFID standards ISO 15693 and ISO 14443A
  • All bus systems commonly used on a global basis available
  • Easy, fast commissioning
  • Balluff high-speed components (up to eight times faster than ISO 15693)
  • Customer-specific developments
  • A variety of accessories for an easy integration available at all places of use

System components

  • HF data carriers (13.56 MHz)

    Information directly available on the object

    Data carriers accompany the workpieces through the entire production process. In this context, they are in part exposed to extreme conditions from high temperatures, metal enclosure, and environmental other influences. Our HF data carriers withstand the high demands of such environments. Balluff's broad portfolio means you will always find the right product to fit any application or conditions.


    • Passive data carrier: The data and the required power are inductively coupled by the read/write head
    • All data carriers have a unique ID number; this number is read-only and cannot be modified
    • Can be used all over the world thanks to ISO 15693 conformity
    • EEPROM data carrier, up to 992 byte memory
    • FRAM data carrier with up to 128 kB for almost unlimited feed cycles
    • Attachment by adhesion or screws
    • High level of protection up to IP68/69K
    • A wide variety of properties, such as installation on metal, high temperature, etc.
    • For time-critical applications: Balluff high-speed data carriers are up to eight times faster than ISO 15693
    • Special key data carriers for transfer systems that are read/write on two sides
    • Data carriers available in compact sizes
    • Databolts are easy to attach to the object and can then be quickly detached
    HF data carriers
  • HF read/write heads and antennas (13.56 MHz)

    Data carrier communication partners

    Application-specific HF read/write heads and antennas from Balluff are simple to integrate into your system. They support the global standard ISO 15693 and in part ISO 14443A. Their industrial grade design and rugged housing with IP67 protection class make them suitable for use in harsh environments. Their range depends on the combination of read/write head and data carrier that is used.

    HF read/write heads with IO-Link interface are now available. For applications where – with little data – production progress, batch number, or quality data must be economically logged.


    • Status indicated directly on the read/write head: easy commissioning, minimum downtimes
    • Up to four read/write heads can be connected to the BIS V processor units
    • Connection via M12 plug connectors, cable length 50 m
    • Read/write heads for the flush installation in metal
    • M12 designs with integrated antenna
    • Special read/write heads available for situations such as transfer systems with simple installation, with no need for additional mounting brackets
    • HF loop antennas for long ranges up to 400 mm
    • Customized designs possible
    • Tool ID components available in the same design as the BIS C read/write heads
    Read/write heads and antennas
  • HF read/write heads (13.56 MHz) with integrated processor unit

    Everything in one housing

    HF read/write heads with integrated processor units are the mediators between the data carrier and the PC or controller. Additional processors are eliminated because the antenna, electronics, and interface are all located within the housing.

    Easy integration saves reduces installation expenses. Variants with separated electronics are also suitable for tight installation conditions, providing leeway during the installation.


    • Available interfaces: Serial - RS232, RS485/Subnet 16, RS422, USB
    • Now available with bus interface: Connect all-in-one RFID Reader BIS M-4008 direct to Profinet
    • Robust housing in IP67: Reliable use in a harsh environment
    • Status displays directly on the housing of the reader: Easy commissioning and minimum downtimes
    Read/write heads with integrated processor unit
  • Portable HF read/write units (13.56 MHz)

    Comfortably record data using a handheld

    Our portable HF read/write units are designed for BIS M data carriers. They are outstandingly suited for use in the manual quality testing or for the documentation of the maintenance procedure. The data is transmitted via WLAN, Bluetooth or cable-connected USB port.

    The handheld devices are modularly expandable with 1D or 2D barcode readers. The data is securely recorded, even in poor lighting conditions and harsh environments.


    • Windows CE® V6.0 operating system
    • Different antenna variants available depending on data carrier selection
    • Range depends on antenna variant
    • Charging power supply and operating pin included in the scope of supply
    • Base device is the powerful Zebra Workabout Pro 4 Mobile Computer
    • Preinstalled Balluff software (SDK – Software Development Kit)
    • Touchscreen with large color display
    • Optional accessories: Docking station and pistol grip for ergonomic working
    • Customer-specific software on request
    Portable HF read/write units
  • HF processor units (13.56 MHz)

    Reliable data exchange with the controller

    With our BIS V processor unit, you can simultaneously use up to four read/write heads per processor. The BIS V allows mixed operation of all frequencies (BIS M, BIS L, BIS C, BIS U). This means that only one type of processor unit needs to be stocked, greatly simplifying inventory management. For use in any industrial sector, the processor unit is available with all globally standard bus systems.


    • Perfect EMC due to the robust zinc die-cast housing
    • All connections are easily accessible from the front
    • Variable mounting concept for easy assembly on top hat rails or on the profile
    • LCD display and pushbuttons for simple commissioning
    • Each read/write head signals its operating state via two LEDs directly on the processor unit
    • Integrated IO-Link master port for the connection of IO-Link-capable sensors and actuators
    • Web server for convenient remote condition monitoring
    • Function components of many common controller manufacturers for fast use
    • Integrated 2-port Ethernet switch for line and ring topology
    • Small and compact (172 × 48 × 62 mm)
    • USB interface for rapid commissioning without bus link
    • BIS Cockpit: Read/write head configurable independent of interface with PC-based software tool
    • Power supply via robust 7/8" plug for harsh industrial environments
    BIS M processor unit
  • HF communication modules (13.56 MHz)

    Gateways for subnet 16 bus topologies

    Balluff HF communication modules/gateways (13.56 MHz) are used for point-to-point connection or as a bus interface. They are integrated via the into your system directly via the serial interface of a host computer (RS232) or on a bus interface.

    The RS485 interface allows you to construct a subnet with up to 16 nodes. We also offer the suitable read/write heads (HF) for this subnet 16 TM bus topology. Our BIS M-410, BIS M-411 and BIS M-620 feature an integrated processor unit, as well as the corresponding subnet 16 RS485 interfaces.


    • One communication assembly for up to 16 read heads
    • Highly compact design
    • Robust housing in IP67: Reliable use in a harsh environment
    • Status displays directly on the reader housing facilitate commissioning and minimize down times
    • Solutions for long read ranges also available
    Communication blocks