Technologies

RFID and NFC

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) refers to a technology for radio recognition of data without visual contact. An RFID system consists of a passive RFID transponder and an RFID reader.

Example Structure RFID-Label

With an RFID-label, the chip and the antenna are integrated into the self-adhesive label.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)

The term RFID covers various frequency ranges and technologies that differ in their properties and areas of application. RFID inlays are very thin and flexible. They can be easily integrated into almost any label—whether for the automotive sector, automatic vehicle recognition, technical industry, logistics, retail or pharmaceutical industry.

In addition, labels tailored to difficult substrates such as metal, ESD, carbon, glass, or challenging environmental conditions such as heat, cold, enable functionality in challenging conditions.

RFID Label Schreiner Group
RFID labels by Schreiner Group are suitable for a wide variety of applications.
RFID label on metallic background
Special RFID labels are available for difficult substrates, such as metal.

NFC (Near Field Communication)

NFC (Near Field Communication) as a sub-area of RFID technology, is tailored to the exchange of data in close proximity with the smartphone. With both iOS and Android, it can be used to open an app or mobile website and transmit additional data.

NFC label in a nameplate
An NFC type plate makes it possible to identify devices and machines when the data is to be read out with a smartphone.
NFC Label on hanger Label Pharma Tac
NFC labels are suitable for labeling pharmaceutical products, among other things.

Application Examples

  • Automatic identification of consumables
  • Automatic component identification or assembly identification in Industry 4.0
  • Lock-key applications: e.g. communication of material with the machine
  • Service documentation and product lifecycle management
  • Data acquisition of containers, trays, racks in logistics and empties management
  • Batch tracing in production logistics
  • Service documentation on the component
  • Access control and vehicle identification for parking management or on toll roads
  • Contactless data transmission with highest safety requirements
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Via RFID technology, machine and material can communicate with each other without contact.
▶  RFID Technology Contactless communication of machine and material

Frequency and Reading Range

Depending on the application, the respective frequency and read range of the RFID-label is selected. Both HF tags (read range 1 to 40cm) and UHF tags (read range up to 15m) can be identified, read and written using handheld readers or permanently installed system/hardware solutions. NFC (read range 1 to 5cm) enables data exchange between NFC tag and a smartphone.

RFID HF Tags
HF tags enable data transmission at close range.
NFC label is read with smartphone
NFC labels are designed for mobile reading with a smartphone.
RFID Label UHF is read out
UHF tags are suitable for reading ranges of up to 15 meters.