Tracking Your Tools With OPP IOT UHF RFID Tag

Thousands of tools worth thousands of dollars are stored on the shelves of hospitals, manufacturing plants, and construction yards, yet many of these tools lack any organization, security, or tracking methods. RFID can be a considerable, upfront investment, but it can help protect a company’s assets. Where some people see a box full of tools, others see a box full of company money with no security measures present.

Tracking tools with RFID requires adhering RFID tags to each utensil in order to maintain and manage hundreds or thousands of tools and minimize loss and replacement. When each tool is tagged, and hardware and software components are setup correctly, the user can have visibility into inventory rooms, tool cribs, and even mobile tool boxes. Construction, healthcare, manufacturing, or any industry or company with thousands of tools on hand could benefit from RFID tool tracking.

In order to successfully track these tools, both hardware and software are required. Tags, readers, antennas, cables, and software together create RFID tool tracking systems for use in warehouses, construction yards, sterilization rooms, and trucks. Five common RFID tool tracking systems are mobile inventory systems, tool picking systems, inventory control systems, check in/check out systems, and tool history systems.

Choosing an RFID tag that will yield the best read range is a complex decision, as it is necessary to understand the limitations and restrictions of the tracked tools. Many tags work well for tool tracking applications, but they can be narrowed down depending on the shape and size of the tool. It is also important to understand how these tools will be tagged, whether that means epoxy, embedding, or screws and rivets. For RFID tag options, as well as hardware options, download our Tool Tracking Buyer’s Guide for a better understanding of where to start.

The required RFID hardware differs greatly depending on what type of tool tracking system is being set up on location. Excluding tool picking systems, most RFID tool tracking systems will require a fixed reader and antennas, but whether those pieces are in a portal depends on the environment and specific system. Handheld readers are very useful in all tool tracking systems as the handhelds help identify specifics tools and read/write RFID tags.

Choosing the Right UHF RFID Tag

Just because a tag is readable doesn’t mean it is the best tag for the job. There are hundreds of UHF RFID tags and readers that are interoperable because they conform to ISO 180000-6C and GS1 EPCglobal Gen 2 standards. Standard compliance is only the starting point for finding the best tag for your operations.

Standards compliance does not guarantee performance in harsh environments, where tags may be exposed to vibration, impact, temperature extremes, chemicals and interference. While it may seem like there are hundreds of tag options for conditions like these, in reality there may only be a few. Details make the difference between success and failure in environments where tags may suffer physical damage or interference. That is why OPP IOT has engineered more than 30 different RFID tags – they all comply with standards, but each is designed to excel in specific, challenging environments.

Too many tag decisions are made by finding the lowest-cost standard tag that will physically fit on the item being identified, which overlooks several important considerations. Choosing the right tags requires knowing something about the variables that affect performance. Here is a brief overview of some important factors to consider.

What will the UHF RFID tag be exposed to?
Think beyond the environment when you read the tag, think about everything it will be exposed to throughout its lifecycle. Many tags that work fine under normal usage conditions can’t withstand the storage, production and cleaning processes that will occur.

How can the UHF RFID tag be attached?
Sometimes the RFID tag itself can perform fine in harsh environment, but the biggest challenge is keeping it attached to the item. A metal tag may withstand high temperatures or immersion in liquid, but its adhesive may not. Ideally, an RFID tag will be embedded within the item it is identifying, which provides maximum protection against impact and exposure. Embedding isn’t always practical. Other attachment options include screws or rivets, string ties, epoxy and adhesives. OPP IOT supports all these options and puts a lot of focus on tag attachment.

What’s the real range?
Sometimes tags are modified for use in rugged environments, by adding a protective coating or using spacers so the tag isn’t mounted directly on metal. These measures can significantly reduce performance for tags that were not designed to be embedded or protected. People usually choose UHF technology because they want read range of at least a few feet – so why reduce the range to mere inches by using a UHF tag that isn’t tuned for metal or loses its range because of the added protection it needs? The shape of the tag and its internal components, the tag material, mounting material, attachment method and surrounding atmosphere (including the presence of metal, humidity, current, etc.) all affect performance. That is why OPP IOT has so many different designs. Getting high quality, reliable read performance requires analyzing multiple variables to determine the best tag. Non-optimized tags may work sometimes, but consistent performance requires an optimized product.

What is Industry 4.0?

This write comes after being influenced by aman who has the capability to build anything from thing to thing; the humility to shatter your Know-how in manufacturing; the Industry 4.0 expertise that is required for the world of the future.

Industry 4.0 is the buzzword in countries wishing toincrease their effectiveness and efficiencies in manufacturing. The number ofacademic publications, practical articles, conferences has been on a rise sincethe German Federal Government announced an ambitious project of industry 4.0 asone of the key initiatives of its high-tech strategy in 2011. For Germany,which has one of the most competitive manufacturing industries in the worldwith almost 90% of all industrial manufacturing processes supported by ICT,Industry 4.0 is just another milestone.

First things first. Let’s start understanding Industry 4.0by the evolution of industrial revolution in the world. The first IndustrialRevolution which can be technically called as Industry 1.0 was theperiod during which agrarian societies made the shift to industrial and urbansocieties using powered, special purpose machinery and factories. Thistransition which took place from 18th to 19th century sawthe emergence of Steam Engines and Textile Industries. Britain is called thebirthplace of Industrial revolution, being the world’s leading colonial power.Colonies were source of Raw Materials and marketplace for manufactured goods.

With the birth of factories and the advent of industrialproduction, Industry 2.0 commenced at the start of the 20th century. This is the period when Henry Ford introduced the assembly linemanufacturing in automotive industries and standardized various processes inmanufacturing giving rise to basic concepts like Factory Designs, Supply chainsand factory operations. This is also the period when Eiji Toyoda introduced JITand led the pathway for Industry 3.0

Industry 3.0 also called as ‘Digital Revolution’began in the late 70s with the advent of technology and the use of electronics.This opened the doors to higher optimization and automated production. (BrianGracely, 2012) The automation powered product design, quality analysis,inventory tracking, supply management through number of web servers, databases,middleware, load balances, firewall supported by Enterprise wide applicationsfrom SAP, Oracle and Microsoft. The FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google)effect began towards the end of Industry 3.0 giving rise to data which alwayscomes with an adjective ‘big’.

Industry 4.0, the fourth stage of Manufacturing andit is described as twofold. (Drath, 2014) For the first time in the history ofindustrial revolution, a revolution is predicted a-priori which gives theresearchers and the companies in this field to shape the future in a plannedmanner. (Kagermann et al., 2013) the other fold is that the effectiveness ofthe operations and in turn the increased efficiencies and development of newbusiness models, services and products in the market which will have a hugeeconomic impact compared to the other industrial revolutions. (Bauer, Schlund, Marrenbach, & Ganschar,2014) It is estimated that Germany’s initiatives for Industrie 4.0 willcontribute as much as 78 billion Euros to the German GDP by the year 2025.

OPP IOT Technologies Co., Ltd Offers Its Exclusive Range Of Uhf Metal Specific Tag Solutions For High Temperature Environments

OPP IOT Technologies Co., Ltd was founded in 2013 in Fujian, China. It is one of the trusted leaders in products, services, and solutions related to Asset Tracking, Attendance Taking, Access Control and Warehouse Management, Environment monitoring. It is known for leading technology, professional service, sound quality and competitive price.
RFID is radio frequency identification; it is a term which sums up the technologies which use the radio frequencies to recognize objects. RFID has various benefits; it is compared to the traditional barcodes to track products for identification. It does not require a particular tag and has a more extended range reading than the barcode reader. It can also store more data as compared to the barcodes. It allows the readers to communicate simultaneously with multiple tags.

It also allows the customers to snap through the grocery store and checkout counters while an RFID reader identifies all the items in the shopping cart rather than scanning individually. OPP IOT Technologies Co., Ltd is a high new technical enterprise which is dedicated to RFID industry development. It keeps developing and innovating in RFID field, especially the UHF tags. It concentrates on the manufacture, form, and design of the UHF unique tags. The organization can make the tags as per the clients’ order or request with the help of its team of experts who are skilled in antenna design.

The company produces high temperature RFID tags, which means temperatures above 120 degree Celsius to over 200 degree Celsius or even higher. There are few factors which one should know before using high temperatures. The highest rated temperature of the RFID tag, the exposing time at a particular temperature and the cooling time before the tag is written or read.

The company is included in producing high temperature UHF RFID tags; this RFID is overgrowing. It is one of the crucial components which construct the UHF RFID system. It presents the verification of the design and measurement techniques for UHF RFID tag IC; it meets the requirements for the designer’s demands for test purposes and checks at a low price.

The organization produces UHF tag for high temperature environments. UHF is a band of electromagnetic radiation with a radio frequency ranging between 300MHz and 3 GHz (3000MHz). It is widely used for data transmission due to its high rate and short wavelength. The antennas used for UHV are stout and short, and it is directly proportional to the size of the waves. The frequency band decides antenna size; the higher frequency band have a less conspicuous antenna. The broadcasting of UHF is shorter than the VHF, and this is the reason boosters are used after few hundred kilometers. It is used by two-way navigation communication radio and security systems and wireless local area networks.

High Temperature RFID Tag OPP4215 Applications

High Temperature RFID Tag OPP4215 Applications:
* Inventory management for metals, liquids, and other valuable items
* Used for sheet metal, iron, and steel supply management
* RFID tagging of bags at airport facilities
* Air cargo ULD tracking
* Garment RFID tagging for retail stores
* Vehicle parts RFID tagging for real-time information
* Toxic waste dump tracking
* Weapon RFID tracking tags
* Used in correctional institutions for RFID tagging of inmate belongings, supplies
* Casino chip RFID tags
* Landmark and Surveyors RFID tags
* Outdoor RFID tags
* Tree RFID tags
* Inventory management for laboratory and medical equipment
* Autoclave Applications
* Hotel and institutional laundry RFID tags

UHF RFID and UHF RFID tags components

UHF RFID is an acronym mouthful. UHF stands for ultrahigh frequency, while RFID stands for radio frequency identification. In some instances, this technology is replacing barcodes as a method of managing warehouse inventory and the supply chain. RFID tags are placed on each object and UHF radio frequencies read the stored data. A UHF RFID tag allows stock to be managed and tracked without an employee manually scanning each item.

UHF is a large radio band that ranges from 300 MHz to 3 GHz. Cell phones, pagers and satellite communications use this band, because it can be broken up into numerous sub-bands. The distance the tag is able to transmit depends on the UHF sub-band used, with lower frequencies having shorter ranges. The UHF RFID tag may use sub-bands that provide a range as small as 6 feet (1.8 meters).

UHF RFID requires three components: a transponder, an antenna and a transceiver. The transponder, or tag, contains data and is attached to the item. The antenna transmits the UHF radio signal to the transponder, powering and activating it. The activated transponder then transmits the data stored on the tag back to the transceiver. Data such as who is in possession of an item, where the item is during shipment and the location of an item in a warehouse can all be read from the RFID tag.

About RFID Tag and Passive UHF RFID

Passive tags come in a range of shapes and sizes that make them usable in a large range of applications. These tags can also be used in tracking IT assets such as laptops or hand held computers that require a small structure component RFID tag, tracking of industrial gas cylinders and laundry applications within others. Most RFID Tags can be fixed by riveting,screwing or gluing as required for unique applications.

If you could use Passive UHF RFID for your applications, there are a few tags that can stand up to the sterilization/autoclave process. Passive RFID tags are used for applications such as access control, file tracking, race timing, supply chain management, smart labels, and more. With regard to applications with quickly shifting tagged objects – one of the keys is trying to keep the RFID tag in the antenna’s read zone long enough for the antenna to energize the tag and receive the tag’s reply. While both active and passive RFID technologies use radio frequencies to communicate information, each is very different, and like wise possess different features well desirable for variousapplications. Some of the key features of these tags consist of active or passive technology, short or long range reading, read and write capabilitiesand they are best for applications where size matters. Specific passive RFID tags are designed to withstand excessive temperatures and accommodate for these sorts of applications, amongst others. This frequency is used with data transmissions, access control applications, DVD kiosks, and passport security – applications that do not require a long read range. The micro/mini RFID tags are design to be use in many applications and fulfil the desires of different kinds of businesses.

The simple tags are more cost-effective to manufacture and are greater useful for applications where the tag will be disposed of with the product packaging. Embeddable – If tagging an item turns into a problem for particular functions due to significant put on and tear, embeddable tags can fit in small crevices and be covered in epoxy. the125 kHz,13.56mhz and UHF RFID scan increases the level of security in many events not only because it is durable but, due to the ID tracking and tracing amenities provided by the chips used for these stickers, the requirement for hiring man power for doing little tasks has decreased. The reusable tags are used by sandwiching them between the barcode label, whereas the non-reusable tags can be used via printing the barcode immediately on the RFID tag. Some companies are combining RFID tags with sensors that detect and record temperature, movement, even radiation.

Choose a right frequency for your application

Different frequencies have different characteristics that make them more useful for different applications.

For instance, low-frequency tags use less power and are better able to penetrate non-metallic substances. They are ideal for scanning objects with high-water content, such as fruit, but their read range is limited to less than a foot (0.33 meter).

High-frequency tags work better on objects made of metal and can work around goods with high water content. They have a maximum read range of about three feet (1 meter).

UHF frequencies typically offer better range and can transfer data faster than low- and high-frequencies. But they use more power and are less likely to pass through materials.

And because they tend to be more “directed,” they require a clear path between the tag and reader. UHF tags might be better for scanning boxes of goods as they pass through a dock door into a warehouse. It is best to work with a knowledgeable consultant, integrator or vendor that can help you choose the right frequency for your application.

RFID in Industrial Environments

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology is indispensable in many industrial environments. If you operate in a challenging environment and need fast, accurate, real time data, talk to OPP IOT specialists about an RFID solution for tracking and managing your inventory, whether consumables or fixed assets.

Perhaps you use a manual system or barcode technology for inventory management but think you can do better. Absolutely! A typical RFID package consists of:
* RFID tags which can store up to 100 times the data of barcodes, ensuring you can keep track of all the details you want about your inventory such as lot and serial number, size, manufacturer, vendor, expiry date, user, location on production line and anything else you might want to know
* RFID printer which can be desk top or mobile and print a range of tags
* RFID reader which can be active or passive, fixed or mobile, incorporated into a handheld computer or standalone, depending on your particular operational needs

RFID Features
You might be interested in some or all of these RFID system features:
* High density of data storage on tags
* Range of options for HF and UHF printers
* High number of tags that can be read at any one time even in a busy environment with various production lines close to each other
* Readers with diagnostic function to detect problems with recording and transmission of data
* Flexibility according to the volume and movement of inventory
* Capacity to function in harsh environments, inside or outdoors, including extreme temperatures(OPP4215 RFID tags can work well from 280°С for 50 minutes, 250°С for 150minutes test) and exposure to dust, dirt and chemicals
* Capacity to tracking items being customized on a production line

RFID Benefits
The benefits of RFID inventory technology are immediately obvious, including:
* Accuracy and speed of data capture and transmission, no matter what the industrial environment
* Accurate, real time inventory counts result in eliminating stock shortages and over supply and preventing theft
* Increased consistent productivity
* Automated process means reduced opportunity for human intervention and error
* Information for performance management and quality control

Our team of specialists can work with you to translate these features and benefits into increased customer satisfaction and profitability for your operation.
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