Make RFID transponders more rugged, expand their range, and you open up a wide variety of industrial applications. It's an idea whose time has come judging from the attention lavished on Harting Mitronics at the fair. The company won Deutsche Messe's annual technology award with a rugged UHF passive RFID transponder that beat out 80 other technology entries.
This "Hermes Award" comes with a 100,000 Euro prize for the winning company. But the real winners here may be engineers interested in tracking goods and materials in production environments and warehouses. Operating in ultra-high-frequency range, the transponder boasts a range up to 5m. Harting integrates a 3D antenna with the RFID chips. A key benefit of this design is its ability to withstand extreme environments and get good reads even when used near metals and liquids. For more information, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4927-522.
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