Cable ties are RFID-enabled

June 28, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Smartrac's novel Ratch tag product line of cable ties comes with fully integrated RFID tags, available for both HF and UHF frequency bands. The Ratch tags are suitable for the tagging and asset control of critical equipment in applications such as lifting, automotive wiring and supply chain, offshore operations or entertainment and stage rigging.

Unlike RFID-enabled cable ties that would use transponders fixed to the cable tie, here the RFID component is securely concealed on the inside surface of the tag housing, effectively bonding the transponder unit within the housing which mechanically retains it within a Nylon material engineered for extreme durability and strength.

This high-quality crystalline polyamide material supports the product’s use in some of the most demanding of industrial environments, while the single-use ratchet mechanism helps to prevent easy removal, and decreases the risk of unseen tampering. The complete integration of the transponder units into the cable ties is the prerequisite for providing tamper evidence, hence fraud protection. By wrapping or threading Smartrac Ratch tag to wire harnesses or cable assemblies at defined stages of manufacturing, construction processes or during planned inspections, any subsequent manipulation is easily detectable. An NFC-compatible version is being developed to broaden the number of use cases and provide greater compatibility with emerging reader technologies.

Currently available in discreet black or highly visible yellow, Ratch tag comes in a 195mm x 4.6mm format for the cable tie element, with a width of 8.5mm for the transponder part.

Smartrac -  www.smartrac-group.com