How Is RFID Tag Testing Carried Out?

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Ask The ExpertsHow Is RFID Tag Testing Carried Out?
RFID Journal Staff asked 5 years ago

Can you please describe the process?

—Vandana

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Vandana,

It depends on what you mean by “testing.” Auburn University’s RFID Lab tests tags based on performance criteria developed by GS1. The lab goes through a series of tests to ensure that a tag can perform according to retailers’ needs. If you are a retailer and want to ensure that your suppliers use tags that will work within your stores, you can require them to employ tags that meet the performance criteria—or, if you are tagging for a retail customer, you can choose one of the approved tags.

If you want to test tags in your own environment on objects that you plan to tag, I would suggest working with a skilled systems integrator. A good integrator can quickly determine the performance requirements, as well as any special characteristics needed in a tag for your application. They can then order samples from several tag vendors and test them at your facilities. The alternative would be to buy a lot of different samples and test them yourself via trial and error, but this would waste some time.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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