Balluff Expands Multi-Frequency RFID Processor with USB and TCP/IP

Connect Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF), and UHF readers into one processor

Balluff is happy to introduce the BIS V Multi-Frequency processor with USB and TCP/IP communication. This flexible RFID processor can accept Low Frequency (LF), High Frequency (HF) and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) readers and antennae.

The processor is ideal for PC and server-based applications where RFID data is collected over an IT infrastructure opposed to an industrial network. While the BIS V product line has been capable of communicating over all major control networks including Ethernet/IP and Profinet for some time, this PC-based processor completes the line of RFID processors designed for high speed applications.

The development and launch of this new reader is in response to feedback from our customers who prefer or are required to operate over a TCP/IP network. “Machine tool Identification is one specific application where the new BIS V will be utilized, but realistically we have a significant number of customers who prefer to communicate over TCP/IP for general traceability applications like work in process or pallet ID” said Wolfgang Kratzenberg, Marketing Manager for RFID and Vision at Balluff.

Ultimately, our customers are trending toward an increase line speed and are increasing the amount of data that is collected. This increase in throughput, due to higher speed and larger amounts of data, is immediately addressed by the BIS V. With the full line of BIS V processors, Balluff’s RFID portfolio is used to address some of the most challenging traceability applications.

What the universal processor unit offers machine builders and manufacturers

Machinery for metalworking is often so complex that it is virtually impossible to meet the requirements for tool ID, or automated tool management. In addition, different machine builders use different control concepts.

High-speed and high-memory capacity using LF, HF, or UHF

The effort involved in retrofitting tool management is therefore extraordinarily high and nearly impossible to implement. However, a PC-based traceability system offers you a practical and efficient solution. You equip each individual machine with a read head (LF, HF, UHF) and the BIS V processor unit. Utilize the existing TCP/IP network to connect the components to a PC or server which provides the application software or MES system. In turn, this makes interfacing with the ERP system extremely efficient by eliminating the need to translate data from different communication protocols. Now nothing stands in the way of automated tool management.


  • Connect to PC-based systems: Two process interfaces (TCP/IP and USB)
  • High flexibility: One device for all established frequencies (LF, HF, UHF)
  • High performance: Suitable for high memory and high-speed data carriers
  • Aluminum/die-cast housing meets the highest industrial requirements
  • Compatible with a variety of devices: Freely configurable IO-Link-Master-Port V1.1