Finnish Specialist provides testing and quality assurance equipment for the RFID industry that create trust in the technology
Voyantic offers test systems to manufacturers of RFID products in order to monitor product performance and ensure the quality of reader-tag communications.
Juho Partanen, Co-Founder, Voyantic, in an interview with “RFID & Wireless IoT Global”
Co-Founder Juho Partanen reports in Forum 1 "Technology & Hardware" on the Developer Day of RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2017 on the optimisation potential of RFID hardware during development and manufacturing. Voyantic is also present as an exhibitor on both days of RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow.
No more trial and error
“With Voyantic devices, companies do not have to rely on trial and error to raise the bar on quality”, Juho Partanen, Co-Founder of Voyantic, says. “Manufacturers can precisely grade their tags for certain applications. This raises the quality standard for RFID in general, and helps generate customer trust in RFID technology.” The portfolio of testing methods offered by Voyantic devices, meant to enable a common set of tools for the RFID industry, is comprehensive.
Partanen gives an overview: “Our equipment can test UHF RFID and NFC tags and readers by performing conductive and radiated field measurements or verifying tuning, sensitivity and reading range. The effects of materials, orientation and distance can be studied. In addition, we offer stress test devices. As an example, these devices can offer real-time data on the effects of repeatedly bending and straightening a tag to determine the reliability of tag designs in the field.”
Quality testing without slowing production
“Quality testing is important during all stages of the RFID value chain, from design to application. This is why Voyantic offers both laboratory and production testing equipment. The same tests that are needed during the design and development of new tags apply during production”, the Voyantic Co-Founder explains. “In manufacturing, there is always a certain variance. The acceptable tolerances for the specific production process and later application are defined together with the manufacturer. Voyantic equipment can then check the product for responsiveness within the defined tolerances without slowing down production. Tags that do not meet production standards can be automatically separated and excluded from further processing.”
“Quality assurance creates trust in RFID technology. If there is a quality grading that manufacturers adhere to, end users can simply specify the grade they need for their application and the system integrator chooses a tag that is guaranteed to work. Through higher quality and reliable grading, RFID becomes more solution-focused instead of concerning the end user with technical details.”
Juho Partanen, Co-Founder, Voyanticy
Tested does not mean quality tested
“When a manufacturer says their tags are ,100 percent tested', this usually means testing whether the tag is reacting to input or not. It does not measure standardised quality within tolerances”, Partanen says. As a long-term supplier of key players in tag manufacturing, Voyantic is collaborating with its partners to change this mentality: “Today, quality standards are beginning to shift. Many applications require tags to function within precise specifications, such as a certain reading range when applied to specific materials like PVC or metal. Without working tags, the RFID value proposition falls apart. This is why manufacturers are using our equipment and advertising ,100 percent quality tested'.”
TTIP Guidelines underline importance of tests
“This shift is exemplified by the new Tagged Item Performance Protocol (TIPP) quality standard. Created by GS1, TIPP measures tagged item performance instead of tag performance. This means that the overall readability of the item, including material, handling and reliability, is measured. The standard differentiates between single items, stacked items like fashion or bulk items like parts. With TIPP, prospective adopters of RFID technology can see beforehand how their RFID solution will perform. This will help to enable widespread adoption.”
Making technical hurdles disappear fits with the general vision of Voyantic, Partanen explains: “Quality assurance creates trust in RFID technology. If there is a quality grading that manufacturers adhere to, end users can simply specify the grade they need for their application and the system integrator chooses a tag that is guaranteed to work. Through higher quality and reliable grading, RFID becomes more solution-focused instead of concerning the end user with technical details.”
Voyantic is coming to RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow 2017!
On September 27 and 28, 2017, Voyantic will be presenting its full product portfolio of quality control solutions for the RFID industry at RFID & Wireless IoT tomorrow in Düsseldorf, Germany. In addition to the company's presence on the exhibition floor, co-founder Juho Partanen will also speak in Forum 1 "Technology and Hardware" on September 27. Register now and benefit from the technology knowledge and operational expertise brought by Voyantic!