Webinar Report: PervasID Flow Ranger, Printronix Auto ID T6000e Printer

By Rich Handley

RFID Journal recently continued its series of webinars highlighting the Best New Product finalists of 2020.

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On July 14, RFID Journal presented a webinar titled “Best New RFID Products of 2020: PervasID’s Flow Ranger and Printronix Auto ID’s T6000e RFID Printer.” Each webinar in this series features two products chosen as  RFID Journal Award finalists, which will be exhibited at the RFID Journal LIVE! 2020 conference and exhibition, to be held on Sept. 9-11 in Orlando, Fla. This event’s speakers were Sabesan Sithamparanathan, the founder and CEO of PervasID, and Chris Brown, an RFID subject-matter expert at Printronix Auto ID.

The Flow Ranger is a passive UHF RFID reader system with zero-accuracy drop-off, offering reading speeds of up to 400 tags per second. This bidirectional-flow passive portal system is capable of reading densely packed passive RFID tags with more than 99 percent accuracy, according to the company, while providing high flow rate information for both directions of travel information, thanks to a patented technology that uses virtual RF boundaries with confinement.

Sabesan Sithamparanathan (left) and Chris Brown

The T6000e RFID printer combines on-metal and standard smart label capabilities in a single printer. This enterprise-level industrial RFID printer is designed for high-volume RFID label printing and encoding, and it uses a patented dual-antenna construction for the encoding of on-metal or standard smart labels, making it suitable for tagging assets or products that require both conventional and on-metal tags. The device’s auto-calibration feature automatically determines proper RFID power levels, inlay position, and the correct antenna and specific encoding algorithm to use for a particular application.

An archived recording of the presentation is now available to view on demand, and a PDF of the slides used has been created as well. The presenters own the copyright to these materials, which are being offered for viewers’ personal reference and should not be reused without permission. Please note that you must be a Registered or Premium Member of RFID Journal, as you will be prompted to enter your e-mail address and password before viewing the recording. (Registration is free.)

Sithamparanathan founded PervasID in 2011 based on his Ph.D. research at Cambridge University into passive RFID real-time sensing systems for intelligent infrastructure. He was awarded the 2011 Royal Academy of Engineering Entrepreneurs Award and the UK ICT Pioneers of Connected World award for his RFID breakthroughs. Subsequently, he was elected to a Research Fellowship at Girton College, Cambridge, and in 2014 he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship. Since then, Sithamparanathan has been awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Young Engineer of the Year Award, as well as the Sir George Macfarlane Medal 2016.

Brown is an AIDC industry veteran who started his journey in the industry in 1995 with logistics company Sunmar Container Lines. In 1998, he joined BarTender to establish its EMEA office, and he spent 20 years in Europe as the company’s general manager. In 2019, Brown joined Printronix Auto ID to represent the firm in the RFID market and align its commercial activities with its RFID expertise. He represents Printronix Auto ID in its work with the RAIN RFID Alliance, and he is a member of RAIN’s Healthcare and Aviation workgroups, as well as AIM’s RFID Experts Group (REG).

The next RFID Journal webinar will be “STMicroelectronics’ New Reader IC: Boosting Reader Performance to 800 Tags Per Second,” which will be held on Aug. 25 at 2:00 PM. For more information regarding this and other upcoming webinars, virtual events and face-to-face evens, visit RFID Journal’s events page.