BIS U Industrial RFID system
BIS U Industrial RFID system

For dynamic processes with large reading distances

UHF systems of Balluff ensure data transparency and traceability in automation processes. UHF is a standard technology for identification solutions covering all processes.

The form helps to achieve a fast detection of tag information and continuous transmission safety. By querying decentralized-storage product- and process-data, UHF is a central component of traceability applications in each phase of the material flow. Therefore, a continuous data transparency is ensured in the entire supply chain.

Key benefits

  • Problem-free integration in applications via globally used standard interfaces
  • Corresponds to the global standard ISO 18000-6C and EPC Gen2 Class1
  • Flexible use thanks to a diverse range of possibilities for combining data carriers and antennas
  • Ranges up to 6 m and more
  • Bunching capability enables simultaneous detection of many data carriers (tags)
  • Suitable for attachment to classical control systems via bus interfaces and higher level IT systems
  • Complete tailored system solutions realizable
  • A variety of accessories for an easy integration available in different applications

System components

  • UHF data carriers (860...960 MHz)

    Reliably readable tags for harsh environments

    Data carriers, or "tags", label the object to be identified and furnish it with additional information. This information can be read, written, and saved using a password. The data carriers can store product, process and quality data to provide reliable information about the product life cycle.

    Our modern UHF data carriers conform to the highest industrial requirements.They are built to withstand high temperatures, humidity, chemicals, and still reliably detect even in metal surroundings.

    In contrast to bar codes, RFID tags are also readable without optical line of sight and are therefore resistant to soiling. The required energy for the passive data carriers is inductively coupled by the read/write head or derived from the electromagnetic wave radiated by the antenna.


    • Our broad product portfolio offers countless application possibilities with the many different dimensions and designs.
    • All data carriers have a unique, unalterable identification number (TID) and an individually programmable EPC (Electronic Product Code)
    • Global standards ISO 18000-6C or EPC Gen2 Class1
    • Freely writable user memory range up to 112 bytes
    • Some data carrier variants with additional password protection
    • Assembly options: adhesive or screws
    • Variants for direct mounting on metal available
    • Very cost-effective, self-adhesive "Smart Labels" available for one-time applications (remain on the product)
    • Wide range of data carriers to meet the requirements of many different industrial applications
    • Optimum harmonization with the reading system
    • Low-cost tags make mass applications economically feasible
    • Special silicone-free data carriers for the automobile industry
    • Special temperature-resistant tags up to 220°C
    • Customer-specific custom-tailored variants possible
    UHF data carriers (860/960 MHz)
  • UHF read/write heads and antennas (860...960 MHz)

    Communication via the air interface

    Our UHF read/write heads and antennas are scalable. This allows you to design and implement your own identification system, which may include conveyor lines or gates. Many different versions are available for different detection ranges and applications. The range depends on the combination of read/write head or antenna, the data carrier, and on the configuration of the processor unit.


    • Versions for frequency ranges EU (865- 868 MHz) and US (902- 928 MHz)
    • Rugged housings up to IP67 ensure reliable use in harsh environments
    • Status indicators directly on the read/write head for easy commissioning and minimal downtimes
    • Auto-Set-Up function for commissioning and configuring the read/write head in seconds
    • Connection via coaxial cable (up to 10 m) or M12 plug connector with cable length up to 50 m
    • Circular polarization for large data carriers. Detection independent of position
    • Read ranges up to 6 m and more possible
    • Read/write head and antennas mountable directly on metal
    • Up to four read/write heads can be connected to the BIS V processor units
    • Up to four antennas can be connected to the BIS U-602x processor units
    UHF read/write heads and antennas (860/960 MHz)
  • Portable UHF read/write units (860...960 MHz)

    Quickly and comfortable record data using a handheld device

    Our portable UHF read/write units are designed for portable reading and writing of BIS U data carriers. They are used with manual quality control or to document a maintenance procedure.

    Handhelds from Balluff use WLAN, Bluetooth, or USB connection for data transmission. They are modular for adding 1D or 2D barcode readers. Handhelds remain reliable even in poor lighting conditions and harsh environments.


    • Windows CE® V5.0 operating system
    • Linear pol. antenna
    • Charging power supply and operating pin included in the scope of supply
    • Base device is the powerful Zebra Workabout Pro 4 Mobile Computer
    • Pre-installed Zebra/Motorola demo-software
    • Ideal under poor lighting conditions and in harsh environments
    • Touchscreen with large color display
    • Optional accessories: Docking station and pistol grip for ergonomic working
    • Customer-specific software on request
    Portable UHF read/write units (860/960 MHz)
  • UHF processor units (860...960 MHz)

    Easily and reliably collect, process, and forward data

    Our frequency-independent BIS V processor unit simplifies your inventory management. It is flexible and allows mixed operation of all product families (BIS M, BIS L, BIS C, BIS U). Up to four read/write heads can be operated simultaneously per BIS V processor unit. Compatible with all commonly used bus systems for use in any industry.


    • BIS U-602x as a powerful long-range alternative for ranges up to 6 m and more
    • Perfect EMC due to the rugged zinc die-cast housing
    • All connections are easily accessible from the front
    • LCD display and pushbuttons for simple commissioning
    • Each read/write head signals its operating state via two LEDs directly on the processor unit
    • Different BIS U versions certified for country-specific use
    • Integrated IO-Link master port for the connection of IO-Link-capable sensors and actuators
    • Web server for convenient remote condition monitoring
    • Function blocks from many different controller manufacturers mean quick start-up
    • USB interface for rapid commissioning without bus link
    • BIS Cockpit: Read/write head configurable independent of interface with PC-based software tool
    • UHF Configuration Tool (UHF Manager) for convenient setting of all parameters needed for operation
    BIS U processor unit