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Xerafy Releases Tap-In On-Metal Tag

The new UHF EPC Gen 2 tag, available in two sizes, can be pressed or hammered directly into a circular hole in a metal object, without requiring epoxy to hold it in place.
By Claire Swedberg

Both the Pico Wedge and the Nano Wedge are passive UHF EPC RFID tags designed for application on metal. They each contain an Alien Technology Higgs-3 RFID chip, with 512 bits of user memory, and have an IP68 rating. The Pico Wedge measures 24 millimeters by 6 millimeters (0.9 inch by 0.2 inch) and has a read range of up to 8.2 feet when embedded in metal. The larger Nano Wedge measures 35.5 millimeters by 7.5 millimeters (1.4 inches by 0.3 inch) and has a read range of up to 13.1 feet when embedded in metal.

Because the tag comes with an added casing to hold it in place in a drilled hole, and to sustain hammer blows, it will cost approximately 20 percent more than the previous Xerafy tags that are applied in the traditional method via epoxy, the company reports.

Xerafy's Evelyn Ong

About a half dozen customers globally, in a variety of industries, are now testing the new Wedge tags. According to Ong, those most expected to be interested in the tags include automotive, oil and gas, and aerospace companies tracking large metallic parts, in addition to health-care firms tracking surgical tools and medical devices.

Xerafy will demonstrate the Pico Wedge and Nano Wedge tags at its booth (#110) at RFID Journal LIVE! 2013, being held from Apr. 30 to May 2 in Orlando, Fla.

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