- May 10, 2004, pffc-online.com
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY—Precisia LLC reports it is the first company in the world to produce fully functional radio frequency identification (RFID) tags with high-speed printed antennas in one location. Precisia made the announcement at Drupa on Sunday; the manufacturer reports this breakthrough will hasten the implementation of RFID technology for major retailers and their suppliers. "In synthesizing printing and electronics technologies, Precisia is positioned to lead the development of RFID tag production methods," adds the company. Precisia´s press release states:
RFID tags consist of two essential components—a chip and an antenna. Precisia's innovative manufacturing processes utilizeconductive inks to produce printed antennas at high speeds in place of copper, aluminum or screen-printed antennas. Its tag production system assembles the unique components of an RFID device in one location, the first step toward complete high-speed antenna printing and chip attachment in a single production process.
"This milestone gives us the potential to break time and cost constraints that have limited the production capacity of mass quantities of RFID tags,” says Jim Rohrkemper, president of Precisia. "Today, we can formulate and manufacture conductive materials, print hundreds of thousands of antennas per hour, and attach RFID chips or straps at a rate of a few thousand per hour. We are working to attach straps at high speeds by the end of the year.”
Complete RFID devices are currently being produced and tested at Precisia's dedicated printed electronics design and testing laboratory in Ann Arbor. Customers also benefit from the facility's testing capabilities, which analyze printing and electronics design to ensure high-speed printed RFID solutions work before significant investments are made.
"Precisia is rapidly moving toward developing high-speed production methods for complete assembly and attachment of RFID tags, a critical step in keeping RFID tag production and attachment at pace with packaging throughput,” adds Rohrkemper. "We want to work with customers to produce RFID enabled labels, packages and tags at the source, as well as to support the current "slap and ship” method of RFID enablement.”
Precisia's team of researchers and developers has a unique combination of experience in printed electronics, printing systems and advanced ink technologies, and is well positioned to serve the smart label, tag, packaging, converting, consumer products and retail industries.