RFID Tag—You’re IT!
Headed by Daniel Engels, research
director of the Auto-ID Lab at MIT, the Packaging and RFID Special Interest
Group is “looking at the RF impact on packaging and the impact on RF of
packaging,” Engels says. The SIG is also working on a field probe, software
simulation, and antenna design.
Palletizer Stacks Up
The K Bot end-of-line palletizer
from Schneider Packaging aims for simple operation, small footprint, and the
ability to handle unit loads of up to 110 inches high. And it’s
cheaper—reportedly costing $10,000 to $15,000 less than a traditional robotic
palletizer—thanks to a cable-powered system for power transmission and
simplified control architecture.
Liquids and metals hamper RFID
implementation. But with careful planning, Castrol Oil has achieved
carton-reading speeds of up to 1,000 ft/min before a failure occurs.
A side-by-side comparison of hardware and
software solutions from major suppliers. Plus, snapshots of key enabling
technologies and their packaging applications.
Balancing Cost and Performance
Some advantages still
remain, but stepper motor makers face more aggressive demands from users, says
Ted Lin, president of Lin Engineering.