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Smarter Logistics with RFID-Enabled Metal Returnable Transit Items

Upgraded version of Confidex Ironside Slim™ RFID tag brings new advantages in metal Returnable Transit Item tracking

Returnable transit items (RTI) are used to carry goods within the supply chain or within the manufacturing process. Roll cages, pallets, plastic crates and totes are only few examples of the different RTIs that exist. Today, automated tracking of RTIs with RFID is providing several business benefits for the RTI owners and users.

The Confidex Ironside Slim™ RFID tag has been specifically designed for identification of various types of metal RTIs. Since its launch, the Ironside Slim tags have been implemented in global RTI projects ranging in scale of 5000 pcs to more than 2,000,000 pcs, and numerous projects in between. In each of these projects Confidex RFID tag is the key component linking the physical RTI asset to the further data-driven Smart Logistics and Industrial Internet applications. For gaining the benefits of the overall system, the RFID tag must be optimized for the use: only reliably performing RFID tags enable real-time, reliable authentication data of the tagged asset. Based on its development with key customers, the Ironside Slim RFID tag is now further upgraded with new features.

The new generation of Ironside Slim

The new upgraded version of the Ironside Slim continues to bring reliable RTI authentication with key feature extensions. Its metal-enhanced structure allows straightforward fixing process of tags on the RTIs. This structure makes the tag installation faster and more efficient when it protects the plastic structure from the high torque during mechanical fastening with screws. For more flexible use in various reader setups, the new design of Ironside Slim comes with 20% better RF performance. Customers are also able to store more data on the RFID tags thanks to the extended memory of the NXP UCODE 7xm IC. The tag design is also compatible with the NXP UCODE DNA IC for applications where IC level high encryption is needed. The newly fine-tuned mechanical appearance packages these features into a second generation version of Ironside Slim, one of the widest of the de facto RTI tag in the market.

Confidex Ironside Slim tags, incorporating NXP´s latest generation of RAIN RFID ICs, UCODE 7xm and UCODE DNA, are enabling more transparent and increase process efficiency” says Ralf Kodritsch, Director Segment Manager RFID Solutions at NXP Semiconductors. “More user memory offers the user a lot of data programming flexibility, furthermore the possibility to authenticate the items is making sure only genuine items are used in the RTI process. We are very pleased to contribute to the cutting edge Confidex tag solution.”

What's new in Confidex Ironside Slim

  • Metal reinforced structure
  • 20% better RF performance
  • More memory with NXP UCODE 7xm
  • Finetuned mechanical design
  • Availability: Sample quantities immediately, volume deliveries from 1.1.2016

We’re happy to offer this new generation RFID tag for RTI customers. The Confidex Ironside Slim tag is designed to be essential and integrated part of a high value metal RTI. The various implementations prove its position as a reliable identification method for versatile metal RTIs such as containers, roll cages, intermediate bulk containers and many more. We see this new version makes it even easier to install an efficient RTI RFID tracking system.” says Miika Pylvänäinen, Senior Product Manager, Smart Identification at Confidex.

The new generation Confidex Ironside Slim™ is showcased at ICT&Logistics event during November 10-13.


More information:

8 reasons why Confidex Ironside Slim™ RFID tag secures your success in tracking metal Returnable Transit Items

Confidex offering for Returnable Transit Item Management

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