RFID: Tag for boxes or polymeric containers, future trends, training

Radio frequency identification tags advance in sophistication, and RFID learning opportunities at two upcoming conferences are available. Details, including identification of next-generation RFID trends, follow.


Radio frequency identification tags advance in sophistication, and RFID learning opportunities at two upcoming conferences are available. Details, including identification of next-generation RFID trends, follow (shhh...don't tell).
Rfidium announced availability of the new “Leprechaun,” RFID tag designed for box and pallet tagging on cardboard boxes or polymeric containers. With a read range of better than 4.2 m (14 ft) in free-space propagation and 36 dBm equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) at the reader antennas measured on corrugated cardboard boxes, the Leprechaun is designed for inventory and trace-back tracking of a variety of food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and commodity applications.
It is an aluminum antenna inlay, complying with strict WEEE and RoHS environmental requirements and minimizing environmental impact for greener operations. It complies with ASTM D 4169, Loose Cargo, Commercial Temperature and Vibration Levels. Available in high yield dry rolls that easily integrate into high volume conversion processes, the Leprechaun is 100% read tested with marked non-compliant inlays.
Axcess International offers patented Micro-Wireless technology to improve productivity, efficiency, security, safety, and revenue growth. Ultra-small, very low cost, reliable local area wireless capabilities for assets, personnel, vehicles, and sensors can provide an automatic, exception-based, labor-free way for local location determination, real-time inventory accounting, security protection, and condition status monitoring, the company says. The technology platform is a “one-of a-kind hybrid, system-on-a-chip single wireless source, common to multiple industry standards and supporting virtually all industries,” Axcess says. Raj Bridgelall, VP of development and CTO at the company, is speaking in a Food Traceability workshop at RFID World 2008 , which will be in Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 8-10.
RFID Executive Forum , Oct. 15, 2008, at UCLA : RFID has started to have a major impact on various industry segments ranging from retail to healthcare, and, aerospace to automotive, say organizers of the RFID Executive Forum at UCLA. Impacts include streamlining of business processes, supply chain collaboration, rapid availability of business data, higher level of granularity in business intelligence, refined inventory management, better accounting and financing of assets, global visibility into distributed enterprises, and, enhanced infrastructure management. The Forum
Despite rapid RFID developments, RFID tags today can be compared to PCs in the 1980s , RFID Executive Forum organizers say. “Next generation of RFID tag technologies involving printable or chip-less RFID are being researched extensively today. When ready for prime-time,s law in this field.
“Organizations that are putting RFID into practice today need to be aware of the upcoming technological developments so as to be able to structure their organizations for the next generation of technology,” RFID Executive Forum organizers continue.
Executive Forum speakers are Andres Botero, senior director, SAP solutions for auto-ID and item serialization; Richard Bravman, chairman & CEO, Intelleflex Corp.; Rick Crawford, VP, Warehouse Operations, NYK Logistics; Fredrik Hillbom, program manager, supply chain development, Saab Aerotech, Sweden; Duncan McCollum, logistics and supply chain management, Computer Sciences Corp.; Kenneth Porad, associate technical fellow and program manager, Boeing; Mike Rose, VP pharma group, Johnson & Johnson; Martin Wildberger, VP, sensors and actuators, EBO leader, IBM Software Group; and Kim Zimmer, EPC/RFID operations and technology leader, P&G.
Other RFID learning:
RFID Hands on Workshop , Oct. 14, 2008
RFID Academic Forum , Oct. 16, 2008
In mid-September, check back under 2008, September, Control Engineering issue archive for an article on RFID applications.
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