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RFID tag maker Metalcraft achieves ISO 9001:2015 certification from Intertek ••• Utility Composites intros RFID tag for rough wooden surfaces ••• Senet adds network server enhancements for LoRaWAN IoT connectivity platforms ••• Kerlink, Sphinx partner to bring IoT solutions to European network integrators, resellers ••• Tageos unveils small apparel RFID tag ••• Industrial Internet Consortium announces smart printing factory testbed ••• Samsung, Cisco, Orange team up on smart-city applications in Romania ••• RFiD Discovery, Nordic ID offer new handheld reader for health care.
By Rich Handley
Jul 05, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Metalcraft, Intertek; Utility Composites; Senet; Kerlink, Sphinx; Tageos; the Industrial Internet Consortium; Samsung, Cisco, Orange; RFiD Discovery, and Nordic ID.

RFID Tag Maker Metalcraft Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Metalcraft has announced that it was recently presented with an ISO 9001:2015 certificate from Intertek. This, the company explains, affirms that it adheres to the internationally standard for quality management.

"Metalcraft has had a strong history of committing to our quality system and continuous improvement," said Jim Miller, Metalcraft's VP of engineering and quality, in a prepared statement. "When the new standard came out, we saw that as a better fit for us and a great opportunity to take our system to the next level… Our certification means we are taking a hard look at ourselves and working as a team to make improvements in all aspects of the business, so our customers can rely on a quality product every time."

Utility Composites Intros RFID Tag for Rough Wooden Surfaces

Utility Composites, which manufactures and markets non-metal fasteners used in several markets, including timber and lumber, has unveiled its SUNDOG RFID tag. The timber industry has been poised to adopt UHF RFID technology for inventory management, but the use of standard RFID tags attached to logs traveling down the highway under extreme weather conditions was not feasible, the company reports. RFID tags tended to be expensive and time-consuming to screw into wood, according to the company, or the tags were too fragile to withstand the demanding conditions of the industry.

The SUNDOG RFID tag is in the form of a staple that is collated into a strip of staple tags, each containing a UHF RFID chip and antenna. They are collated in a strip for loading into a magazine of a manual or pneumatic stapler. The tags are rugged enough to withstand extreme variations in climate, the company reports, as well as kiln drying and vat cooking operations typical in timber and veneer processing, with no negative effect on the readability of the tag. Readability and range are maintained upon completion of these harsh processes.

According to the company, the tags have a strong read range and read angle. The antenna sticks out away from the surface, reducing reading problems, with high moisture content of freshly harvested logs. For handheld readings in the x, y and z direction, the range varies from 8 to 11.3 meters using a circular polarized interrogator antenna, and from 6 to 8.3 meters using a linear polarized interrogator antenna.

Currently, Utility Composites is sending sample quantities of tags for testing in applications for log tracking, lumber load tracking, utility pole tracking and railroad tie tracking for inventory management. The firm expects the tags to be in full production during the quarter of this year.

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