RFID has long been touted as the future of logistics for all companies by allowing retailers and suppliers to track goods throughout the supply chain.
However high prices for tags and systems has held enthusiasm at bay. Privacy concerns have also limited its use at the consumer level. However mandates from such giant retailers as Wal-Mart and Metro is slowing forcing processors to make investments in the system.
Sokymat said its new RFID tag designed specifically for harsh industrial and outdoor environments. The company's IN Tag is a transponder available in both low and high frequencies.
The IN Tag is ideal for items that need to be securely identified and that are regularly subjected to high thermal and mechanical stress conditions, the company stated in a press release. This includes items that undergo hot water cleaning processes or are used in other high temperature environments found in some industries.
"The IN Tag family products were also developed to satisfy the specific market requests of the international food industry," the company stated. "For example the tags comply with the stipulations of the new EU directive 02/72/EC so that they can be used in direct contact with food and drinks."
The IN Tag can withstand peak temperatures of up to 140°C for many hours, the company claimed. They use a new generation thermoplastic casing. They also have a high chemical stability level and are resistant to most standard industrial chemicals, the company said.
Philippe Held, business unit manager for Sokymat said the IN Tag is designed and manufactured to meet high performance and reliability standards.
"Today, around the world, various industrial and logistics projects have been initiated using this new family of products," Held claimed. "Customers are reporting attractive savings from these advanced automation and logistics solutions in sectors such as food processing, the automotive industry, and container tracking."
The IN Tag family comprising 20mm, 30mm, and 50mm diameter discs.
Sokymat has both research and development centers and manufacturing plants in Switzerland, Sweden, Germany and Malaysia.