As part of its ongoing Benchmark series, ODIN Technologies has released an evaluation of passive RFID tags designed to work on metal objects. The report compares 17 UHF RFID tags designed specifically for use on metal, and finds that improvements have been made in this once-difficult area of the RFID industry.
“While the metal mount tag performance has improved substantially over the past two years, the benchmark reveals some vendors clearly outperform their peers,” said Patrick J. Sweeney II founder of ODIN technologies. “Many companies are now adopting RFID and trying to tag challenging items such as blade servers, laptops, critical spare parts and tools for manufacturing. The findings [of the report] are so important to end user success that ODIN decided to release a sanitized, redacted version of the report for free on our website. This benchmark offers end-users clear guidance in fast-changing tag world.”
For the report, six types of tests were performed on the tags, including tests of several types of sensitivity, read ranges, and the performance of tags intended for metal mounts when used on other types of surfaces. The testing showed that several metal mount tags fail to function when applied to non-metallic surfaces.
The tags tested came from 7 different vendors: Avery Dennison, Confidex, Emerson & Cummings, Ecopad, Intermec, Omni-ID, Sontec and TROI.
A full copy of the report is available through ODIN Technologies.