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Omni-ID develops RFID tags that can handle up to +225˚C

Steve Rogerson
August 11, 2015
Omni-ID, a New York-based provider of industrial RFID tags and visual-tagging systems, has launched several high-temperature tags that can operate up to 225˚C.
Manufacturing, healthcare, food and the energy industry frequently use processes where assets, products or the containers that they travel in are exposed to elevated temperatures frequently. From the sterilisation of medical equipment to exploration drilling in the energy industry, the ability to identify and track reliably and uniquely an individual asset or container while in process is essential.
RFID has become increasingly popular in these applications not only to track assets, but in regulated industries such as healthcare and energy, to maintain asset history records for compliance purposes.
"We've seen an uptick in industrial RFID applications requiring tags that can withstand high temperatures, particularly in cyclic processes," said George Daddis Junior, CEO of Omni-ID. "For many industries the ability to track assets reliably, through a variety of processes, that cycle from normal or below zero temperatures, to very high temperatures and back again repeatedly, has been a challenge. Market products today either don't meet the temperature, form factor or cost requirements for use in these challenging applications. Omni-ID is introducing a new standard in high temperature tags – performance, quality and survivability all at a price point that is highly cost effective for industry."
Omni-ID has concluded a research programme to establish the critical design and materials that can withstand repeated exposure to 225˚C temperatures for 100s of cycles of thermal shock (-20 to +225˚C). As a result, the company has added high temperature versions of its Fit 210 and Fit 400, and has added a smaller form factor – Fit 100 – to the family.
"As the adoption of RFID in the energy industry continues to increase, we see the demand for tags that will perform under extreme high temperature conditions growing as well," said Eirik Berge, VP for business development at Trac-ID. "Responsiveness to meet the rapidly expanding market requirements will be critical for industry adoption of RFID to continue. Omni-ID consistently utilises its manufacturing and engineering expertise to deliver industry-leading products to the market and always set the bar a bit higher – and this line of innovative high-temperature products is no exception."
From surgical instrument sterilisation, to tracking items through manufacturing processes for quality assurance to enabling asset history records for safety in down-hole drilling, thousands of these tags are being deployed with customers in the healthcare and tyre manufacturing industries.