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Metalcraft Develops Metal UHF RFID Tag
The new product combines the company's aluminum IDPlate design to withstand harsh environments with an RFID inlay that leverages the tag's own metal to boost transmission, with a range of up to 20 feet, whether on metal or non-metal surfaces.
The metal tag's design extends the inlay's transmission length, which averaged closer to 8 to 10 feet in range for the traditional polymer version of the tag. "The name plate is acting as the antenna," Maliszewski says, and that extends the transmission range. The tag also comes with a photographically imaged bar-code and human-readable ID number printed on front. The ID can also be written to the RFID inlay, along with the encoded EPC number.
To date, the company has been testing the tags in-house, but it is now providing them in quantities of a few thousand to customers for deployment in the field. One of the most challenging environments is the oil and gas site, Maliszewski says, noting that the company expects it to function well even at that location, where washing, chemicals and heavy impacts are likely. The metal tag can sustain temperatures ranging from -40 degrees to +180 degrees Fahrenheit.
Some of Metalcraft's customers have found RFID untenable in the past due to the tags' destructibility, Elling says. But now, he predicts, many of them may be able to launch their first large-scale deployments. "We see a lot of interest in adopting RFID by our traditional customers," he states. "This opens up doors for them to start incorporating RFID into their operations."
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