Demonstrating its unwavering commitment to “Driving Innovation with Leading RFID Solutions”, Smartrac is presenting a mix of innovations which enable logistics providers, automotive suppliers and other industrial manufacturers to automatically control their supply chains and integrate any product, component, part or tool into an all-encompassing Industrial Internet of Things, bringing them to life in the digital world.
Smartrac will showcase RFID tags and inlays with excellent antenna performance and high-memory ICs for use with various surfaces and materials: for instance, its DogBone inlay with NXP UCODE DNA for wooden pallets, Grille/Fly product with NXP UCODE 7XM for plastic boxes, and various RAIN RFID (UHF) tags for industrial tires.
Smartrac’s DogBone inlays are characterized by their tolerance against the detuning effect of high-dielectric materials, providing effective global performance even on difficult-to-tag materials.
Smartrac’s dual-frequency WEB DF inlay – the industry’s first single-chip HF (NFC) and UHF product – is presented in the context of industrial application scenarios that require its unique dual-frequency capability. WEB DF combines the benefits of UHF’s superior range during production, logistics and supply-chain processes with NFC’s widespread availability through (Android-based) smartphones.
By tagging industrial parts and linking them to the IoT via Smartrac’s enablement platform Smart Cosmos, they can be comprehensively monitored and managed throughout their complete lifecycle.
Smartrac also demonstrates engineering and customizing capabilities, e.g. by molding NFC air coil tags inside complex products. One example is the successfully launched NFC-enabled Vitamix food blender range in the US. The embedded NFC tags play a key role for several safety functions. Combined with reed switches controlling the NFC tag’s antenna and coil, Smartrac’s air coil tags are an important element in a sophisticated wireless interlock system.
Smartrac is also showcasing its passive RFID sensor family, such as Sensor DogBone and Sensor Tadpole, the first-ever passive water sensor tag that works on metal surfaces like the harsh environment of an automobile chassis. The passive temperature-sensing RFID inlay Sensor Temperature DogBone enables gapless temperature monitoring at package or item level, ensuring unbroken cold chains in pharmaceutical and food industries at an affordable price. The sensor family is equipped with the latest RFMicron Magnus chips, to create passive UHF single-chip sensor solutions offering cost-efficiency and hassle-free implementation.
“The age of the Industrial Internet of Things has already begun and our innovative solutions are an integral part of it – that is Smartrac’s message at LogiMAT,” said Peter Walendy, SVP, Intelligent Things Business Division at Smartrac.