Miniaturised Transponder

In medical engineering, the requirement for the usage of RFID transponders is as robust and small as possible and as big as necessary.

Neosid advances into new fields of application using RFID, sensors, active data loggers, and NFC

Rugged industrial environments, highly complex healthcare technology, preventive maintenance: Neosid’s miniaturised, robust HF RFID transponders for flexible, multifaceted use in virtually all industries offer maximum performance in minimum size. In an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global, Matthias Höß, Head of Development and Project Management, Neosid Pemetzrieder, shares insights into newly opened application fields, customer-specific adjustments, and technological innovations in RFID and sensors as well as UHF and NFC.

Matthias Höß, Head of Development and Project Management, Neosid Pemetzrieder in an interview with RFID & Wireless IoT Global

Matthias Höß
Matthias Höß
Manager R&D and Project Management
Halver, Germany

Miniature tags for a transparent value chain

Ferrite-based RFID transponders with or without plastic housing such as the NeoTag form the basis for the use in challenging environments. They can be integrated into metal directly and withstand rough environmental conditions like temperature changes, numerous production cycles, chemicals, or pressure – without affecting reading accuracy.

Matthias Höß, Head of Development and Project Management, Neosid Pemetzrieder provides insights: “HF RFID transponders by Neosid not only yield benefits in the industrial sector, the miniature tags are suited for all applications in which the space available for the transponder is limited to a few millimetres.

During the past few years, new customer applications – for example in logistics, maintenance, tool management, and healthcare – became possible. Neosid’s miniaturised tags require little space, are high-performing, and – due to the fully automated manufacturing process – cost efficient. They create transparency, optimise cost, and enable the use of modern tagging technology in a diverse environment.”

Highly-automated production with thorough quality control

There is continuous development of the miniaturised plastic transponder that is available with or without press-fit casing to make it suitable for more applications. For more than five years, manufacturing has taken place in highly automated production facilities, making the NeoTAG 100 percent “made in Germany”. The tags are subject to a multiple stage quality control process that ensures that all requirements have been met. Transponder can be programmed according to a customer’s requests and UID lists can be delivered.

“With new developments regarding UHF RFID, NFC, and sensors, Neosid broadens the application range of industry-suited miniature tags. Robust, comprehensive solutions are thus complemented and extended by innovations for applications in healthcare, security, or combined solutions based on different technologies – creating innovation potential for future developments.” - Matthias Höß

Digitised tracking completes solutions for medical engineering

In the highly-complex healthcare industry, new application and adaption options for miniature tags constantly arise. “In medical engineering, the requirement is as robust and small as possible and as big as necessary. Instruments with RFID for item tracking that are reused like scissors and clamps undergo hundreds of cycles of extensive and aggressive reprocessing procedures in challenging conditions like temperature changes, steam, pressure, and chemicals.

For these applications, Neosid offers transponders with maximum ruggedness, minimum size, and maximum performance. RFID technology not only allows an almost 100 percent transparent instrument reprocessing process but also automated, digitised tracking complete solutions. Continuous use and application of our transponders can extend these benefits to other areas like hospital bed and large-scale equipment management, and textile supply,” says Matthias Höß.

RFID with sensors and active data loggers

Not only healthcare but also other fields benefit from innovation potential and a broad range of possible uses of Neosid’s RFID solutions. Matthias Höß cites the combination of passive RFID and sensors or active HF data loggers for temperature monitoring: “With this combination parameters like temperature, brightness, pressure, vibration, or humidity can be monitored and the information can be forwarded. This way new use cases arise, for example for preventive maintenance or monitoring of production processes in nearly all industries.”

UHF and NFC technologies

Passive UHF transponders add value to processes. For applications in logistics, Neosid therefore develops an UHF transponder with a higher reading range for use in metal environments. Matthias Höß explains: “UHF RFID technology is for Neosid a relatively young business sector with high innovation potential. In the area of RFID developments, the company continuously expands the NFC functionalities of its transponders. Data protection and security are gaining importance in the RFID market.

Therefore, Neosid utilises chips and ICs with the possibility of password protection and encoding features. Individual passwords protect transponder data and make possible solutions in the fields of product piracy, authentication, and plagiarism protection, for example for expensive plants or parts for machine construction and smartphone-based maintenance applications.

Customised transponders with future potential

Developing transponders according to costumer specification is part of Neosid’s business strategy. The design of the ferrite core can be adjusted to various conditions like changed IC or custom dimensions. “We coordinate the conditions of the environment and those of the ICs, produce a precise fit for the electrical features and the specific oscillatory circuit, and this way optimise reading range – for example in a customer environment that includes metal objects in direct vicinity of the transponders, or ICs with differing input capacities.

Due to our significant vertical range of manufacture in the development and production of the transponders, we are able to meet very individual customer requests. This is how the benefits of digital identification can be integrated into a variety of application fields,” says Matthias Höß.

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