SMARTRAC has launched a research project to identify and implement biodegradable production materials for use in its production of RFID transponder units.
The research project will be conducted by the SMARTRAC Research & Development department together with several technology institutes in Bangkok, Thailand. In addition, SMARTRAC researchers are currently consulting substrate manufacturers and leading chemical companies.
RFID transponders today are typically made of thin polymer substrates such as PVC or PET films, a metal antenna and a microchip. In addition, adhesive materials are used to join the different layers together. These materials are similar to those used in standard consumer product packaging.
As demand for RFID transponders grows, especially in consumer applications, SMARTRAC is taking early action to ensure that the footprint these devices leave on the environment is as small as possible. SMARTRAC expect the outcome of the research project will be the discovery of a range of new transponder materials to be used as a base for a “Green RFID Transponder” line.