Custom RFID Tags
Designing The Right Tag For Each
Industrial RFID System
Industrial RFID tags are designed to track assets in specialized environments and applications. They are tough, long-lasting, and reusable, with superior performance in extreme heat, shocks, abrasions, UV exposure, chemicals, and long-range, among other things.
Custom RFID tags and labels are designed specifically for an RFID System's application and deployment requirements, resulting in process-specific RFID solutions that are uniquely suited in terms of performance and durability to asset tracking in environments and applications such as Manufacturing, High-Temp Production, Inventory Management, IT Assets and Data Centers, Healthcare, Oil and Gas.
RFID chips are available in a variety of configurations, each with its own set of features and memory capacity. RF frequency ranges can be tailored to work with regional or global RAIN RFID frequencies.
Tag packaging customization covers several parameters including size, form factor, and materials. The ability to perform well around metal is critical, be it on metal, inside metal, or on any surface. The way the tag is expected to be mounted onto the asset will help define the overall design, with typical industrial tagging solutions relying on rivets, screws, adhesive, and welding, with or without a backplate.
Eventually, customizable RFID tags come with a number of identification options. The tags can be customized to incorporate readable serial numbers, text, custom colors, and logos, as well as optical identifications such as barcodes and QR Codes. RFID tags and labels can also be encoded with unique ID numbers, serialized or unserialized, written in the memory of the chip. All the customized physical markings are available with different levels of durability, ranging from painting to laser printing (for labels) and laser marking (for hard tags).
WHAT IS RFID
RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) is a technology that uses electromagnetic fields to identify labels and tags attached to objects.
Passive RFID harvests the energy transmitted from an RFID reader. Active RFID, on the other hand, is powered by a battery, allowing for continuous wireless communications over long distances. In industrial applications, both passive and active RFID tags coexist. The latter is found mostly in RTLS (Real-Time Locating Systems) that are less sensitive to its higher deployment costs.
Because most RFID systems use passive tags, the overall range performance is determined by the frequency used:
LF (Low Frequency, 125-134 KHz),
NFC/HF (Near-Field Communication / High Frequency, 13.56 MHz),
UHF (Ultra High Frequency, 865-960 MHz).
Passive UHF Passive RFID has emerged as the de facto standard for industrial applications, owing to its low deployment costs, performance in the field, and the early efforts of the RAIN RFID consortium to develop global standards based on US, EU/EU2, and Global frequencies.
HOW RFID SYSTEMS WORK
Industrial RFID Systems automate the tasks of identification, location, and tracking. They use RF to overcome the limitations of barcodes, as the technology can read in bulk, in seconds, from a distance, and out of sight.
More specifically, an RFID System consists of a tiny radio transponder such as a tag or a label, a radio receiver, and an antenna to transmit the signal. When a reader scans a passive RFID tag, the chip receives enough electromagnetic energy to relay its ID and/or memory information back to the reader and onto the application software.
RF receivers can be fixed or handheld, with reputable suppliers including Impinj, TSL, Zebra, Chainway, Alien, Turck, Honeywell, among others.
The same equipment can be used to program each tag, for instance by encoding a specific identification number, while labels will rely on RFID printers/encoders from SATO, ZEBRA, Printronix, Toshiba, Postek.
HOW TO START
Xerafy offers a Custom RFID tag development service drawing on a 10 year-long expertise in RF technology and industrial asset tracking systems.
Xerafy lets you build your RFID System on the company’s unparalleled reputation for first-class durable, passive, on-metal tags and labels.
Each project is fully supported with Xerafy’s wide-ranging expertise, honed on delivering successful Industrial IoT and Digital Transformation projects, including:
Industrial RFID systems
Asset tracking technologies
Industries and applications
In-house engineering, manufacturing, quality, and sourcing capabilities
International project management
Xerafy is the company behind some of the Industrial RFID market's most significant breakthroughs, including the World's smallest RFID, Most durable, High temperature, Long-range, Embeddable in metal.
Our RFID platforms offer the most advanced technologies available in the market to build tags and labels suited to your exact requirements: Form factors, sizes, materials, frequencies, memory, chips, encoding, attachment, markings, colors, branding.
Attachment, packaging, form factor: Xerafy’s own RFID tag design and manufacturing capabilities allow for unique customization capabilities, with guaranteed quality and cost advantages.
Our co-development approach ensures you start in no time and have full access to our expertise and engineering resources:
Application and process expertise
Sourcing and purchasing
Our Custom RFID Tags co-development approach ensures you start in no time with the support you need at every step of the process:
KEY FEATURES - Identifying the application environment and the level of performance to be achieved allows for effective validation of the custom design's MVP
FEASIBILITY - A technical and financial assessment provides the data required to finalize the business case and confirm the expected ROI
PROTOTYPING - Incremental innovation to achieve the performance required
DEPLOYMENT - Manufacturing, shipping, and full support throughout