Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an identification system that uses radio frequency devices for tracking purposes. RFID system includes the tag, the reader and the writer.
(Left): RFID inside a hybrid barcode adhesive label; (Center): Raw RFID inlay comprises of the circuit enclosed in a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) layer; (Right): RFID tag enclosed in an anti-metal body to track metal items
There are several different types of RFID tags that cater to different purposes. There are active and passive tags with various degree of frequencies.
- Unlike active tags, no battery needed
- Smaller bracket/casing, customizable application
- Shorter read distance than active tags (x<6meters)
- # times tags can be rewritten with new data 100,000
(Left): RFID tags fit small enclosures of a base/floor/structure; (Center): RFID tags can be manually attached to steel beams, racks & gates; (Right): RFID tags nailed onto a wooden pallet
- Powered by battery
- Larger bracket/casing
- Longer read distance (x>30meters)
(Left): Live-stock identification; (Center): Mobile RFID reader; (Right): Active RFID tags securely identify asset
Frequencies & Read Range:
- Low (125 KHz): x<1 meter
- High (13.56 MHz) x<3 meters
- Ultra High (850-900 MHz): 3-6 meters
- Microwave (2.45 GHz): x>6 meters
One of the most commercially used tags are passive Ultra High Frequency (UHF) tags. Ultra High Frequency (UHF) tags typically offer better range than low frequency tags, can transfer data faster but use more power. Because they tend to be more "directed," they require a clear path between the tag and reader. UHF tags are often used on pallets of goods, gas tanks and other recycled containers as they pass through a specificied checkpoint in a warehouse/distribution center.
(Left): RFID in conveyor belt increases productivity; (Right): RFID tags in "smart envelope" can be reused
RFID Tag is built into gas cylinder to proof safety, authenticity, quality & quantity
(Left): RFID tag is placed onto a pallet; (Right): A forklift automatically scans the complete content of a shipment
The main benefit over barcode is that RFID tags do not need to be scanned within the "line of sight", so tags can be scanned from greater distances and even during movements. This can significantly lower labour requirement and tracking errors. On the other hand, since traditional barcode label cost much less than a standard RFID tag (10cents usd - 50cents usd / 2,000 - 6,000 IDR), RFID is common in closed-loop enterprise supply chains where the tags are not discarded but are reused and rewritten.
(Left): Fixed RFID Readers scans items swiftly and accurately on a conveyor belt; (Right): Identify RFID goods that are too tall or far away for barcode scanners to scan
A typical tag would carry around 2KB of data—enough to store some information about the item it is on. Hence, RFID tag can be useful to authenticate high value products (tires, apparel) in a discrete manner.
RFID tag is burned onto a tire safely and practically to prove authenticity and provide real time stock count
Radio waves bounce off metal and are absorbed by water at ultra-high frequencies. We can customize the casing for businesses that handle metal tanks to ensure smooth readibility (anti-metal & waterproof).
Custom RFID tag enclosed in anti-metal casing for kegs containing chemicals
Water Proof RFID Tag for Luxury Apparel Authentication, Laundry, Payment Bracelet at Entertainment Places
Waterproof RFID tags weaved & constructed into custom casings
Real Time Locationing System in Professional Sports Industry to monitor player's performance.
US National Football League Game
Commonly Used In: Manufacturing, Retail & E-Commerce, Transportation & Logistics, Agriculture & Mining, Education & Healthcare, Hospitality, Financial Services, etc.
RFID Handheld Readers (& Write): Business, Enterprise
RFID Printer (Write Only): ZT410
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