Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is relatively a new AIDC technology which was first developed in 1980’s. The technology acts as a base in automated data collection, identification and analysis systems worldwide. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data. Unlike a bar code, the tag does not necessarily need to be within line of sight of the reader, and may be embedded in the tracked object. It can also be read only or read-write enabling information to be either permanently stored in the tag or it can be read-write where information can be continually updated and over-written on the tag.

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Harting Integrated Industry solutions featuring RFID systems and smart digital retrofit systems

Harting Integrated Industry solutions featuring RFID systems and smart digital retrofit systems

At the Industry 4.0 summit, Manchester Central Convention Complex, 4-5 April 2017, Harting (stand V25) will show its range of Industry 4.0 solutions, incorporating Modular Integrated Computer Architecture for industrial networking, and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) systems.

RFID: Fact or Fiction?

RFID: Fact or Fiction?

By Andrew Blatherwick, Chairman, RELEX Solutions.

The industry may have been talking about RFID for 20 years, but it still has not come into common use or delivered significant value to retailers.

New innovations by DENSO – UR20 scanner series with RFID technology

New innovations by DENSO – UR20 scanner series with RFID technology

The DENSO Auto-ID Business Unit, part of the Toyota group, is launching the new UR20 scanner series in spring 2017. These new readers, UR21 and UR22, are both equipped with the most modern RFID technology (Radio Frequency Identification).

Red Ledge launches open RFID- and IIoT-ready asset management system

Red Ledge launches open RFID- and IIoT-ready asset management system

Software application and engineering company Red Ledge is launching a new asset management system (AMS) with open access to all RFID readers – bypassing the manufacturers' proprietary Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) - and to multiple Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices including all types of sensor, GPRS and RFID tags.

Over a billion garments digitally connected as retail industry gets smart

Over a billion garments digitally connected as retail industry gets smart

Retail software specialist, Detego, has reached the milestone of having now digitally connected over a billion items of clothing, in a bid to help several European retailers gain actionable insights into product ranges and customer behaviour.

SML RFID Group charts significant RFID expansion; opens three new Technology Centres

SML RFID Group charts significant RFID expansion; opens three new Technology Centres

As the global retail market continues its march to adopt RFID, SML RFID is opening three new RFID Solution Innovation Centres, and has launched two RFID Retail pop up stores demonstrations over the past few weeks to satisfy the industry's growing appetite for information, guidance and production.

RFID system simplifies access control for operating personnel at machines and plants

RFID system simplifies access control for operating personnel at machines and plants

With its new Simatic RF1000 RFID system, Siemens is offering a flexible, simple solution to monitor access to machines and plants using the new Simatic RF1060R reader.

CSL signs agreement to license RFID patents from Round Rock Research

CSL signs agreement to license RFID patents from Round Rock Research

Convergence Systems Limited (CSL), a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, has announced that Round Rock Research, LLC (Round Rock) had granted CSL an RFID patent license. The agreement provides CSL with a license to the complete portfolio of RFID technology patents held by Round Rock.

Harting's new robust mid-range RFID reader offers highly flexible tailored customer solutions

Harting's new robust mid-range RFID reader offers highly flexible tailored customer solutions

Harting's new Ha-VIS RF-R300 UHF RFID reader is a highly flexible unit which combines extremely robust construction for use in the toughest industrial environments with flexible modular software that allows it to be tailored to a wide range of applications.

SICK RFU650 series delivers easy, standalone RFID

SICK RFU650 series delivers easy, standalone RFID

SICK has launched the RFU650, a long-range read/write RFID device that delivers compact, stand-alone RFID identification and traceability without requiring complex programming or separate external antennae.

Benefits of RFID in Retail

 

Inventory Shrinkage (Shrink) Reduction 

• Ability to track items in real-time between manufacturer and point of sale.

• Real-time notification of any breaches in security for non-payment.

• Reduces shrinkage of stock caused by theft.

 

Monitor unattended inventory

• Automatic item identification on mixed pallets

• "Smart Shelf" systems – designed to provide real time tracking and lovating of tagged items on shelves

• Shipping and Receiving applications

 

Shelf stocking

• Real-time notification of out-of -stock items

• Improvement of product replenishment

• Improved product forecasting from product stock tracking

 

Check-out Proces

• Reduce labour/time cost of employees

• Reduce time in queue

 

RFID Smart Labels - extremely flat configured transponder under a conventional print-coded label, which includes chip,antenna and bonding wires as a so-called inlay. The labels—made of paper, fabric or plastic.

 

Types of RFID Tag

 

UHF (Ultra High Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards operate at a frequency of 915 MHz. These types of tags are considered “Passive” –with no on-board power source. Commonly specified by retailers within the supply chain, these tags must comply with the international recognized standard set by EPCglobal.

 

HF (High Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards operate at a frequency of 13.56 MHz. These types of tags are also “Passive” with no onboard power source. RFID applications that use HF RFID tags are typically the applications that require read distances of less than three feet. HF tags work better on objects made of metal (RFID Metal Tag) and can work around goods with high water content.

 

LF (Low Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards are low-frequency tags (125khz) use less power and are better able to penetrate non-metallic substances. These types of tags are also “Passive” –with no on-board power source. They are ideal for scanning objects with high-water content, such as fruit, but their read range is limited to less than a foot.