In many ways besides just its physique, the Roswell lives up to its name of being Xerafy’s UFO. Similar to the atmospheric entry of an extraterrestrial spacecraft, the Roswell is able to sustain the impact experienced in harsh conditions such as the sandblasting or shot blasting process. Xerafy’s Roswell was put to the test by launching small bits of abrasives at a high speed and pressure. Results from the test proved the ruggedness of the Roswell, as there were no detrimental effects to the functionality and performance of the tag.
Sandblasting is common in various industrial applications. For example, in the automobile manufacturing industry, sandblasting is used to remove paint, rust or debris from a surface before painting. In many other industries, sandblasting is also used for the cleaning and maintenance of stainless steel pipes. Shot blasting, on the other hand, uses larger pieces of a harder abrasive material than sandblasting, and the particulate is fired at the surface using a rotating wheel. Shot blasting is generally used to clean, strengthen or polish metal.
Unfortunately, implementing RFID where sandblasting or shot blasting are used can be a challenge as not many tags on the market are rugged enough to withstand the high impact of these processes. However, with Xerafy’s commitment to developing rugged tags for underserved markets, the Roswell has emerged as the preferred tagging solution for applications that involve sandblasting/shot blasting due to its ruggedness. It is indeed remarkable how the unique construction of the tag with a thin, high-temperature substrate between two cylindrical metal discs was able to eliminate tag liability and enable the tag to survive in such harsh environments.
Another key feature of Xerafy’s Roswell (as well as of many other Xerafy tags) is its suitability for on-metal applications. The patented concept of enabling tags to function effectively on metal without causing any interference is the result of Xerafy’s commitment to innovation. With an IP69K rating, the Roswell has the ability to resist dust, extreme pressure and high-temperature wash-downs. Xerafy Roswell tags are also compliant with the EPCglobal Gen2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, and are ATEX certified for use in potentially explosive atmospheres.
UHF RFID has opened up many opportunities in high-value asset management. In fact, many automotive companies are already using RFID to track work-in-progress (WIP) processes in their production line. This real-time data collection method is not only helping companies to improve efficiency, but also guiding them as they implement lean operating processes.