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By Rich Handley

Smartrac Launches RFID-enabled Cable Ties

Smartrac has announced its Ratch tag product line of RFID-enabled cable ties with fully integrated RFID tags. Available for both the high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) frequency bands, Ratch tags are suitable for the tagging and asset control of critical equipment in such applications as lifting, automotive wiring and supply chain, as well as offshore operations or entertainment and stage rigging.

Previous types of RFID-enabled cable ties, the company reports, use transponders that are fixed to the ties. Instead, Smartrac has securely concealed the RFID component on the inside surface of the tag housing. This ensures that the transponder unit is bonded within the housing and mechanically retained within a Nylon material engineered for durability and strength. This crystalline polyamide material supports the product's use in demanding industrial environments, while a single-use ratchet mechanism helps to prevent easy removal and decreases the risk of unseen tampering.

The integration of the transponder units into the cable ties provides tamper evidence, and thus fraud protection. Wrapping or threading Ratch tags to wire harnesses or cable assemblies at defined stages of manufacturing, construction processes or during planned inspections, the firm explains, allows any subsequent manipulation to become easily detectable.

"By introducing the industry's first RFID-enabled cable tie with a fully integrated RFID tag, Smartrac is proving its continuing ability to innovate and shape the RFID market," said Smartrac's Heath Parkin in a prepared statement. "The new Ratch tag is ideal for tagging formerly hard-to-tag items in numerous safety-critical areas, and is set to conquer additional application areas in industrial subassembly tracking as the industrial Internet of Things evolves."

In both the HF and UHF (RAIN RFID) frequency bands, a focused and short read range ensures single-tag detection, the company reports, and eliminates multiple tag reads. An NFC-compatible version is being developed to broaden the number of use cases, and to provide greater compatibility with emerging reader technologies. Available in discreet black or highly visible yellow, the Ratch tag measures 195 millimeters by 4.6 millimeters for the cable tie element, with a width of 8.5 millimeters for the transponder portion.

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