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By Beth Bacheldor

Vizinex RFID Releases Sentry Slim Skinnie Tag

Vizinex RFID, a manufacturer of RFID tags tailored to specific applications, has launched a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID on-metal tag, known as the Sentry Slim Skinnie. The tag measures 36.3 millimeters by 6.9 millimeters by 2.8 millimeters (1.4 inches by 0.3 inch by 0.1 inch), and weighs 1.5 grams (0.05 ounce). It supports a 6- to 10-foot read distance, depending on the item being tagged, the company reports, and its low profile also makes it suitable for tracking small tools, slim IT assets, weapons, laboratory equipment and work-in-process. It is designed for mounting on metal surfaces by means of a high-performance acrylic adhesive for attachment, Vizinex says.

The Sentry Slim Skinnie tag, mounted on a wrench
The tag leverages an Alien Technology Higgs3 chip, providing 96 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory plus 512 bits of user memory. It has an IP67 rating, which means it is dustproof and waterproof, and its operating temperature ranges from -58 degrees Fahrenheit to +185 degrees Fahrenheit (-50 degrees Celsius to +85 degrees Celsius).

The Slim Skinnie is much less expensive than the ceramic tags often used in these applications, says Ken Horton, Vizinex's CEO. The Slim Skinnie can be upgraded for high-temperature service, he adds, such as for use in autoclaves or paint-drying booths.

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