Market-ready process for RFID in foundry technology
On September 28, the Fraunhofer IFAM Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials will present a patented process for injecting RFID into metal moulding in the "Industrial IoT" forum. Together with project partner Audi, Fraunhofer IFAM recently delivered the proof of concept in mass manufacturing.
Encapsulated RFID transponder is moulded into automotive parts
The basis of the project is the "Casttronics" process patented by Fraunhofer IFAM, which enables the integration of RFID transponders into metal moulded parts. Casttronics is based on a protective capsule for RFID transponders, which protects them from the high foundry temperatures for a while. The part is moulded around the capsule. After the moulding process, the RFID transponder cannot be removed without visible damaging the part.
Casttronics proved its series production pedigree
In Germany, the largest user of and client for foundry technology is the automotive industry. During an extensive trial organised by an EU-funded project consortium, Casttronics was deployed and successfully tested under series conditions at one of project partner Audi's production plants. An LF transponder was integrated into a pre-existing Audi automotive structural part. For each individual moulding process, a robotic arm positioned the transponder in its protective capsule within the mould.
In spite of the high thermal strain during the foundry process, the integrated transponders work flawlessly. In the Audi series production, 100 percent of all RFID transponders were readable after the process. This way, Fraunhofer IFAM and Audi have delivered the proof of concept: the Casttronics process works not only as a prototype and in a laboratory, but also delivers results in the series production of a large German automotive company."
Christoph Pille, deputy department head foundry technology, Fraunhofer IFAM
Conference talk in industrial IoT forum presents process
At RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow, Forum 1 on User Day focuses on industrial use cases: companies will present successful process optimisation in manufacturing, material flow control, and maintenance. Christoph Pille, deputy department head foundry technology at Fraunhofer IFAM, will present the Casttronics process and the details of the proof of concept at the Audi plant. "Casttronics is market ready", Christoph Pille states. He will speak about concrete use cases for Casttronics in today's industrial landscape. Don't miss the opportunity of experiencing the state of the art of foundry technology!
Register today and hear Fraunhofer IFAM, as well as over 80 other expert talks, on September 27 and 28!