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Top 6 Considerations for Selecting RFID Tags


The selection of RFID tags is one of the key success factors in implementing RFID technology. With the variety of tags available on the market, it could be difficult to navigate through the different options and selecting the best tag for your application. How do you find the best performing tag that fits your RFID system, application, and environment while being cost effective and compliant with global standards? Here are the top 6 factors to consider when choosing RFID tags.

    

  

1. Frequency: Tag frequencies differ in the US, EU, and globally. EU means frequencies from 865 to 868MHz and covers countries in Europe and the Middle East. US means frequencies from 902 to 928MHz and covers countries in the Americas and most of Asia. Global means the frequency is compliant worldwide with the diverse frequencies in each region. Century Links offer tags with a wide range of frequencies to best fit your location needs.

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2. RFID Chips: RFID tags use a wide range of RFID chips from top chip suppliers such as Alien, Impinj, and NXP. The memory in bits on different chips can vary and should be one of the key factors to consider in your application.

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3. Read Range: Another key factor to consider is what read range does your application require. Generally bigger antenna size equals better read range, but other factors like the chip, design patterns, and building material can also come into play. Tag performance is also dependent on the item tagged, the bonding agent applied, the RFID reader used, and the environment in which the tag is being read.

 

4. Tagging Surface: RFID tags can be used on a wide range of surfaces, such as metal, plastic, woof, fabric, etc. The type of surface used will affect the read range of the tag, especially for high dielectric constant materials like metal and liquid. Century Link offers on-metal and off-metal tags. The on-metal tag is especially designed to help enhance the performance of your tag when applied to metal surfaces.

 

5. Environmental Conditions: Different environmental conditions, such as heat, cold, moisture, impact, etc., would require tags with different IP rates. Tags used indoors can be the normal IP65. Tags used outdoors should be IP67 or above, while tags used in water need to be IP68 or above.

 

6. Method of attachment: Tagging methods often vary depending on the tagged item’s shape, size, material, texture, and the environmental conditions. Century Link offers tags with various methods of attachment for different applications, including adhesive, lock-removable, sewn-in, hang-on, wind-up, embed, cable tie, etc.

 

To find the best RFID tags for your application such as laundry tracking, IT asset tracking, retail and more – Please contact Hangzhou Century Link to learn how you can get the best RFID tags for enhancing your business operations.