“So…do you have an RFID tag that will work”? A question I received recently from a colleague who dropped in my office and briefly described an RFID application he was working on. I forgot to mention, he prefaced his question with a serious look on his face and this statement: “Ok now, I want a real answer”. Apparently, he has grown weary of my typical answer, “Yes, definitely, there is probably a tag that may work.” Ambiguous? Well, yes, I guess it is. That said, in my experience, it is the only correct answer.
The continued growth in RFID adoption for asset management, inventory control, work-in-process tracking, manufacturing process control and supply chain operations has led to a seemingly unlimited number of RFID inlay, label and tag options. In spite of the numerous options available today, tagging items remains as one of the most significant challenges to implementing a successful RFID system.
Just so I don’t get a reputation as being difficult to work with, I will also share that I typically follow-up my answer with something like, “I can think of at least three possible options for you, but you will need to test them in the end user environment.” Lucky for me, I work with some really smart guys that help with the testing part.
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