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By Rich Handley

Mühlbauer, PragmatIC Announce Partnership to Provide RFID Manufacturing Solutions

Mühlbauer, a supplier of RFID and smart label production and personalization solutions, and PragmatIC, a provider of flexible electronics, have announced a strategic partnership to deliver solutions that support the integration of PragmatIC's flexible integrated circuits (FlexICs). The companies have been working together since 2018, building on Mühlbauer's experience in inlay assembly to develop practical solutions for high-speed bonding of FlexICs.

PragmatIC recently announced its first ConnectIC products focused on HF RFID for smart packaging applications, including brand authentication and grey market avoidance. The qualification of Mühlbauer's TAL15000 inlay for FlexIC assembly enables manufacturers to leverage their existing installed base to offer lower-cost RFID inlays. Coupled with the thin, flexible FlexICs, the companies report, this enables businesses to extend RFID solutions into a wider range of mass-market opportunities.

"Mühlbauer is focused on being the proven technology partner for the RFID industry," said Gerald Niklas, Mühlbauer's business-development manager for automation, in a prepared statement. "We see PragmatIC's innovative FlexICs as a key enabler for the adoption of RFID in mass-market applications and we look forward to continuing our collaboration to deliver robust and durable RFID products at a fraction of current inlay costs."

"We are very excited that Mühlbauer has qualified their TAL15000 system for high-speed bonding of our FlexICs," said Scott White, PragmatIC's CEO, in the prepared statement. "Their extensive knowledge and customer base will accelerate the adoption of our novel technology."

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