Murata Introduced Their RAIN RFID Tags For Use On Metal And Small Items

Traditionally, using of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags on metal is challenging. Metal surfaces reflect the signal emitted from the reader and interfere with communication between a tag and reader. Murata’s LXFLANMXMG-003 is designed to use the item’s metal surface as part of the antenna, which makes the item itself part of the RAIN RFID tag.

Murata has developed the LXFLANMXMG-003 series tags specifically for industrial applications requiring tracking the metal assets. Now, Murata has released their newest LXTBKZMCMG-010 RAIN RFID Tag specifically targeted for on-metal use. RFID tags are extremely useful for tracking items, such as construction equipment, IT assets, cage cars and logistics containers, as well as many other parts made of metal in the manufacturing industry. The tags can also be used to identify the locations of items. People have already utilized the tags for tracking Items such as tools, containers and bins that are usually either hard to identify visually, or difficult to track and relocate if they are missing and may also be expensive to replace. Murata’s on-metal tag enables the application of RAIN RFID on all these items and allows for enhanced inventory tracking.

What is RAIN RFID?

RAIN is an acronym derived from RAdio Frequency IdentificatioN, that represents UHF (Ultra-High-Frequency) RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. UHF (Ultra-High-Frequency) RFID is capable of an extensive range up to 10m. Today, RAIN also stands for a wireless protocol linking between the UHF RFID tags and the cloud that stores the data of tagged items. Via the cloud, the data can be managed and shared. With RAIN RFID technology, billions of everyday items can be connected to the Internet to let the companies and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate and engage each item digitally. It has been widely used in logistics to track and inventory goods in a warehouse, and the tagged items can be tracked and identified using RFID based readers that built in handheld devices, tablets, POS terminals, kiosks, etc.

RAIN RFID Technology promoted by RAIN RFID Global Alliance – RAINRFID.ORG

RAIN RFID is a global alliance advocating the wide adoption of UHF RFID technology like other wireless technologies. RAIN uses the GS1 UHF Gen 2 protocol that has been standardized by ISO/IEC as ISO18000-63.

LXTBKZMCMG-010 RAIN tags include Impinj’s Monza R6-P tag chip that is combined with Murata’s special design to offer an excellent tag read performance. The product meets IP-68 waterproofing standards, allowing outdoor use without degraded performance. The Monza R6-P chip has 96-bit EPC memory and 64-bit user memory, allowing users to encode additional information such as internal identification numbers to the tag.

Features
  • Small package design, measuring 6.0×2.0x2.3mm
  • Covers UHF frequency band (865~928MHz)
  • Complies with ISO18000-63 / EPC Global Gen2 (v2)
  • Designed using the Impinj Monza R6P
  • RoHS compliant
  • Read range (ref): Up to 150cm on Metal (4W EIRP)
Murata LXTBKZMCMG-010 RAIN Tag Block Diagram
Applications
  • Surgical Tools
  • Industrial Tools
  • Metal Assets
  • Consumer Items
Murata LXTBKZMCMG-010 RAIN Tag for on-metal tracking
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