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RFID Tags Used Inside Metal
Jun 23, 2018

Enterprise inventory management is a time-consuming and laborious thing. Not only does the company need to spend labor costs, it also interferes with day-to-day work due to improper management. Using RFID to help companies manage inventory can significantly reduce the time the company needs to spend and significantly increase work efficiency.

The RFID inventory management model has long only helped those "easy-to-use RFID" companies, and has shut out those companies whose inventory is mostly metal. Companies can only use expensive, active and battery-assisted RFID systems to manage important metal assets, but this does not fit the company's long-term considerations for cost-effectiveness. With the rapid development of passive RFID technology in recent years, RFID tags in near-metal environments and even directly acting on metal surfaces have already appeared on the market, and the scope of enterprises using RFID inventory management models has expanded.

However, in the initial manufacture and use of labels, there is also a step that will create costs for the company. When the RFID tags mounted on the surface of assets are exposed to the external environment, they are easily damaged intentionally and are largely affected by natural wear and tear. Many companies have demanded an RFID solution that can be seamlessly and unobtrusively integrated into their products at the time of manufacture.

In addition to inventory management, embedded RFID technology is also valuable for certification management. Financial institutions such as Visa, American Express and Discovery have installed RFID on credit cards to verify the identity of consumers using instant payment mechanisms in retail stores and food stores. Automakers have also embedded RFID tags in car keys and entered information to unlock and activate cars to prevent others from copying car keys to steal cars. Therefore, by installing RFID in assets that require certification, these assets can be safely certified.

Embedded Metal RFID

Assets that have been embedded in RFID tags during the production phase, because they already have or have half of the RFID capabilities, have a different market competitiveness than other similar products. Through the scale production of assets, the cost of embedding RFID tags is even lower than the customer's return on assets with real-time inventory visibility.

For a manufacturer who sells thousands of blade servers to financial institutions and large companies each year, he not only provides customers with RFID-enabled products, but also helps them build a database center that can cope with the deployment of RFID tags. Make sure these tags are not easily damaged in everyday use.

In addition, when the server is repaired during the warranty period or recovered for other reasons, the RFID within the asset can still perform real-time management functions during the maintenance or recovery phase.

In the past, metal materials have always been the challenge of using RFID. However, RFID technology that can read and write on metal surfaces has matured. However, the labels embedded in the metal still cannot read or write normally, or the read/write distance is very limited. Now, Xerafy has completely overcome the technology of RFID reading and writing within metals, and embedded RFID solutions have become possible.

This article gives you insight into the use of RFID tags in metal interiors

Some large companies often need to rent or purchase capital equipment such as laptops, wireless routers and other IT-related items. RFID real-time information visibility can be recorded in real-time by using RFID-enabled access and RFID-enabled carts to record quarterly changes in the amount of assets. It also reflects the instant return on investment of the company and changes the company's inventory management time from days to hours.

The military and law enforcement agencies must accurately calculate the inventory of weapons. There are several purposes for mastering the inventory of firearms in real time, one of which is to ensure that personnel have the correct equipment; the other is to keep inventory in hand (the item is misplaced or stolen). When the equipment needs regular maintenance, every record must be saved, including the maintenance procedures that the equipment must perform, the maintenance procedures that have been completed, and so on.

Managers can track and manage RFID-embedded weapons in real time and independently. Not only can you know the number of weapons being sent for repair, you can also know in real time inventory balance to ensure that any weapons are lost. This information can prevent the generation of unnecessary orders. More importantly, once a weapon is found to be missing, the management agency can initiate the search action at the first time.

This article gives you insight into the use of RFID tags in metal interiors

Ordinary tools, such as small hammers, screwdrivers, measuring tapes to large equipment such as generators, drills, and cranes, are usually leased to construction companies after the company purchases these equipment, and use the construction company's project as a lease period. Therefore, equipment rental company's inventory information is very important, these information will be randomly changed and widely distributed, making inventory inventory a major challenge. The loss of large equipment will bring business losses to the company. While gadgets are not very expensive, if they are lost or stolen, they will also have corporate liabilities.

The use of RFID for tool tracking management has been for several years, such as RFID-enabled toolboxes and truck tracking management systems. This method is relatively simple. It is to install an RFID tag outside the assets. However, such an installation method can easily make the exposed tags vulnerable to damage or even artificial damage. If the tag is embedded in the tool, this kind of concern can be eliminated. The embedded asset tag has also become part of the tool itself.

This article gives you insight into the use of RFID tags in metal interiors

Privacy security and manufacturing costs

Like many products, some special features are optional but are actually designed into the product. Embedded RFID tags are no exception. In mass production, the production cost of the equipment also has the same reason. The special structure of the assets designated by the customer is almost negligible compared with the manufacturing cost of the asset itself. If the customer requires the product to have RFID enabled, the label provider can program it into production immediately upon customer request. If the customer does not need RFID, the product is still produced in the same way. For the customer, the RFID tag embedded in the asset is completely invisible.

The information in each RFID tag is different. Many systems use the same standard electronic product code (EPC) as the basic method for RFID to identify the corresponding assets. Additional product information, such as product type, product storage number, serial number or any other information about the product and the manufacturer can be encoded into the user memory of the tag.

This article gives you insight into the use of RFID tags in metal interiors

There are several ways to prevent unauthorized persons from reading, writing or changing information stored in RFID tags. Tag memory can be locked using several layers of passwords.

In addition, the internal information of the tag user's memory can be coded so that this information is meaningless for unauthorized reading and writing.

Xerafy Embedded Solutions

Until now, RFID technology on metal surfaces has been limited to “surface,” but RFID technology that enables asset production sources to be used in addition to meeting embedded requirements still remains in the air. Xerafy has begun to lead the research and development of RFID technology fully embedded in metal.

"Providing industrial manufacturers with an embedded metal RFID solution that meets the long read distances for asset management and documentation, only Xerafy's embedded metal tags can meet this requirement." Jim Stradinger, Managing Partner, Holland 1916 .

This article gives you insight into the use of RFID tags in metal interiors

This article gives you insight into the use of RFID tags in metal interiors

The unique properties of Xerafy products:

Revolutionary antenna design that maximizes tag performance when embedded in metal

? Pocket size design to provide tracking solutions for special assets such as screws, IT equipment, metal panels

No additional product changes or shell material for full functionality

Industry-leading durability, guaranteed label life