If you don’t properly attach your RFID tags to different surface types, your read rate will suffer, therefore limiting the effectiveness and efficiency of your RFID implementation. Without the ability to consistently read your RFID tags, you will not be able to uniquely track and identify assets.
By choosing the right RFID tag for your application, you will greatly improve read rates. Depending on the asset’s surface and environment, you will need to select an RFID tag with an appropriate method of attachment.
These five methods are commonly used to affix RFID tags to assets:
- Film Adhesive: Used for most tags and standard applications such as race timing and tracking fixed IT assets.
- Foam Adhesive: Typically used with more rugged tags and in applications where a stronger adhesive method is required, such as tracking fixed durable assets.
- Epoxy: Used to cover embedded tags or any tags where you need the strongest possible adhesive, like tool tracking.
- Screws/Rivets: Used in conjunction with durable tags in applications where you need the strongest possible attachment method, such as mobile durable assets.
- Wire or Cable Tie: Used where any of the above options are not feasible. Not a very durable form of attachment, but it is good for hard to tag items, like cables or cords.
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