There have been RFID-enabled cable ties on the market before, but they use transponders that are somehow fixed to the cable tie. Instead, Smartrac has securely concealed the RFID component on the inside surface of the tag housing. This ensures that the transponder unit is bonded within the housing and mechanically retained within a nylon material engineered for extreme durability and strength. This high-quality crystalline polyamide material supports the product’s use in some of the most demanding of industrial environments, while the single-use ratchet mechanism helps to prevent easy removal, and decreases the risk of unseen tampering.
By wrapping or threading Smartrac Ratch tag to wire harnesses or cable assemblies at defined stages of manufacturing, construction processes or during planned inspections, any subsequent manipulation is easily detectable.
“The new Ratch tag is ideal for tagging formerly hard-to-tag items in numerous safety-critical areas, and is set to conquer additional application areas in industrial subassembly tracking as the industrial Internet of Things evolves,” said Heath Parkin, animal and automotive sales at Smartrac.