Switzerland-based Weidmann Plastics
reports that it has developed a process for the partial or full integration of RFID tags in moulded plastic parts. Lab automation and diagnostics are among the applications poised to benefit from the technology’s storage capacity and seamless traceability. Automated storage systems are one notable example cited by Weidmann.
In automated storage systems, tubes typically have a data matrix code. As the amount of required data continues to increase and full life-cycle traceability is written into standards, data matrix or bar code systems will be unable to deliver the expected functionality, says Weidmann. For example, passive high-frequency tags will soon be on the market that will make it possible to identify where, when and under what environmental conditions a sample has been stored. These capabilities make RFID tags an interesting proposition, says Weidmann Plastics.
In an article on the MEDTEC Connection
site, the company describes the various ways in which RFID tags can be integrated in plastic parts, with a specific emphasis on partial or full integration during the molding process.