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Omni-ID releases extreme-temperature RFID tag ••• CSL licenses RFID patents from Round Rock Research ••• Schreiner ProTech intros high-temp-resistant RFID label for the auto industry ••• DHL SmartSensors track more than 100 million health-care, drug shipments ••• FleetCor completes acquisition of STP.
By Beth Bacheldor
Sep 08, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Omni-ID; Convergence Systems Ltd., Round Rock Research; Schreiner ProTech; DHL; FleetCor, and STP.

Omni-ID Releases Extreme-Temperature RFID Tag

RFID tag manufacturer Omni-ID has released an extreme-temperature version of its Exo 400 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag, optimized for metal substrates and suitable for applications for which surviving excessive heat in a rugged environment is required, such as health-care sterilization processes, manufacturing and automotive post-paint processes. Omni-ID describes the updated Exo 400 as its first encased high-temperature tag with the ability to survive temperatures as high as 235 degrees Celsius (455 degrees Fahrenheit).

The Exo 400 was introduced in 2012, along with two other rugged EPC Gen 2 RFID tags, the Exo 200 and Exo 400P (see Omni-ID Unveils Three New RFID Tags for Tracking Tools, Containers), designed for tracking small tools, returnable transport items (RTIs) and shipping containers. The earlier version of the Exo 400 was designed to withstand temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to +302 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 degrees to +150 degrees Celsius). The new version can tolerate temperatures ranging from –20 degrees to +235 degrees Celsius (constant maximum high-temperature exposure should not exceed 168 hours).

Omni-ID's Exo 400 high-temperaturetag
Encased in a rugged thermoplastic material that has heat, chemical and electrical insulation properties, the new version still uses Alien Technology's Higgs 3 integrated circuit with 96 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory and 512 bits of user memory. It is slightly larger than the previous version, measuring 37 millimeters by 14 millimeters by 5.9 millimeters (1.46 inches by 0.55 inch by 0.23 inch) and weighing 5.7 grams (0.2 ounce). It has a read range of up to 4.0 meters (13.1 feet) with a fixed reader, and up to 2.0 meters (6.6 feet) with a handheld, like the earlier version. It, too, has an IP 68 rating, signifying it as being water- and dust-proof.

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