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Gravotech, Oridao Unveil System that Prevents Tag Counterfeiting, Cloning

The solution is designed to make it easy for companies to securely track critical information about components, tools and other items that need to be traced throughout their lifecycles.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jul 10, 2013

Gravotech Group, a provider of permanent-marking systems, and Oridao, a French-based developer and supplier of secure EPC Gen 2 RFID ASICs and tags and associated software, are partnering to offer a solution leveraging ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) passive RFID tags, as well as permanent marking and engraving technologies. The partners hope to create a one-stop shop for a secure tracking and tracing solution for the aerospace, oil and gas, defense and engineering industries, as well as other sectors laden with sensitive maintenance processes.

The solution is designed to make it easy for companies to securely track critical information regarding parts, such as engine components or tools, that need to be traced throughout their lifecycles, explains Frederic Lallemand, a Gravotech VP. The solution, known as Augmented Traceability, includes laser, scribing or micro-percussion marking devices from Gravotech's Technifor division, and EPC Gen 2 RFID tags that incorporate Oridao's secure (protected from cloning and data-tampering) ASICs. The tags can be physically hardened to protect them from environmental hazards, including physical blows (impacts), cuts from sharp objects, temperature extremes and water intrusion. According to the two companies, the solution can help businesses improve the quality and productivity of parts, by automatically and securely collecting data at every point during production and assembly, and even after market. By simplifying the tracking and management of assets and equipment, companies also can reduce maintenance costs, and thwart counterfeiting and data corruption via anti-tampering and encryption technologies. Finally, the two firms report, because the solution is a one-stop shop for permanent marking, secure RFID and associated services, businesses can reduce their overall operating costs.

An example of an Oridao secure EPC Gen 2 plastic-encased RFID tag mounted on a stainless steel plate engraved by a Gravotech micro-percussion marking device.

"Our technologies are really complementary," Lallemand says. "The physical marking from engraving or laser-cutting has one advantage: You can read the information with your eyes. And permanent marking is compulsory for many of the industries for traceability. But what it doesn't provide is the dynamic aspect of the data, and this is what RFID provides, and the reason for our partnership with Oridao."

Augmented Traceability includes all of the necessary hardware, software and services—which are customizable to meet a customer's specific needs—including mobile devices for marking plastics with laser-engraving or metals using oscillating engravers. The marking devices are portable, so they can be used to mark a wide variety of items, including those too large to move, such as a helicopter blade or a chassis. The Augmented Traceability solution also comes with an EPC Gen 2 reader with secured firmware for encoding the secure RFID tags, as well as all of the dedicated middleware and online trusted authority services and interfaces required for integrating the solution with various manufacturing resource planning (MRP), enterprise resource planning (ERP), product lifecycle management (PLM) and asset-management systems.

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