Are Plastics RF-Friendly?

By RFID Journal

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Ask The ExpertsAre Plastics RF-Friendly?
RFID Journal Staff asked 12 years ago
If an RFID transponder is embedded in ABS plastic 1 centimeter (0.4 inch) thick, can it be read from a distance of one foot?

—Name withheld


Plastics of all kinds, including acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), are generally RF-friendly. Thus, embedding a transponder into plastic would have very little impact on your ability to read a tag. A passive high-frequency (HF) tag could be read from as far away as three feet, while a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) transponder could be read from even further away, depending on your application.

—Mark Roberti, Editor, RFID Journal

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