Innovative RFID tags shape the future of identification

24th September 2015
Jordan Mulcare

Cable management is being revolutionised with the development of RFID. HellermannTyton has developed a range of nylon and stainless steel identification cable ties complete with an integrated RFID tag. The new tags enable users to easily fix cables and equipment that need to carry a serial number for tracking and identification purposes.

Arguably the most significant innovation in terms of industrial identification in recent years, the single fix RFID cable tie provides larger capacity and productivity, working in sync with existing systems. Although not a new concept, RFID is being used to work with existing coding and software and provide a fool proof way to ensure cable management is safe, secure and readable.

Intelligent, suitable for use within all sectors and compact, RFID data technology is being used within the industry to collate and register products that can talk to a network system; essentially it’s a tracker that can be read even when the labelling can’t.

John Banks, UK National Product Manager, Identification, explained: “At HellermannTyton we are integrating RFID transponders into our products to enable users to easily fix the RFID tag to equipment that needs to carry a serial number and additional information for identification purposes. Similar to a bar code the tag is a data carrier which holds pre-programmed information in a small computer chip and operates on a wide range of frequencies.

“This use of RFID within cable management means that not only can each cable or piece of equipment be identified, but the tags can potentially be changed, updated and locked, with risk of damage and marks being accidentally removed greatly reduced. Although there is still a wider scope of opportunities for using RFID technology, it has provided the installer with a secure and reliable identification system. Benefits include taking away manual reading mistakes, the ability to pre-programme a serial number to provide a direct link to a network without human contact, and compatibility with existing systems.”

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