UHF RFID solutions are an efficient way to identify individual items electronically, via a digital ID that can be linked with software and databases to form an integrated relationship between physical objects and computer systems.
Unlike barcodes, UHF RFID does not require a direct line of sight between the reader and the UHF RFID tag it can operate effectively in hostile environments where the tag may be contaminated with dirt and grease.
Check out the following features that make UHF RFID an ideal choice for many applications including manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, maintenance and repair, regulatory inspection, and retail.
The Key features of UHF RFID:
1. Applying a UHF RFID Tag to an item gives it a unique ID number
As automation and artificial intelligence become increasingly prevalent in business; there needs to be a closer relationship between computers and the physical environment. UHF RFID provides the means to accurately identify individual components, batches of materials, construction equipment, retail goods or other items. The computer systems can then use the ID to automatically update the records with a combination of data such as location, temperature, date, and time.
2. Automatic Scanning / Reading / recognition of an items UHF RFID tag
UHF Tags are attached to items and transmit the stored ID to readers. The readers may be positioned at fixed points such as ‘goods out’ or ‘goods in’ or at specific locations within a manufacturing plant, as each item passes by, the reader will automatically scan the UHF RFID Tag ID. Alternatively, the readers can be built into tablets or mobile phones, enabling the tags to be scanned wherever the entity happens to be.
3. No batteries = long life
Passive UHF RFID tags are activated by the reader’s power source, so they do not require batteries. UHF RFID tags will survive outdoors in all conditions for ten years and beyond. Typically, passive tags are used for items that need to be read within a range from 10mm up to about 15m.
4. Can detect ‘hidden’ items
Unlike bar codes, with UHF RFID tagged items in racks or items moving on a conveyor belts, can be detected simply by positioning the reader correctly.
However, the ability to read a tag will depend on a combination of factors such as the type of tag and reader, the surface material, and the environment.
5. Multiple tags can be read at once
One UHF RFID reader can scan and read data from many UHF RFID tags simultaneously, (100s of tags per second), unlike barcodes where each item must be scanned separately. This makes it possible to wirelessly scan 100s of UHF RFID tagged items accurately and quickly. The contents of an entire pallet can be scanned as it leaves the warehouse, or a stock check of the contents of a shelving rack can be carried out without removing each item.
6. Rugged, weatherproof, and hazardous safe.
UHF RFID Tags can be more robust than barcodes or other print labels and can be used even in the most demanding environments. There is a vast range of UHF RFID tag types designed for everything from tires to avocado. UHF RFID tags can operate in contaminated or hazardous environments, high-vibration areas or where there is a risk of explosions (ATEX compliant).