RFID Readers

How do RFID Readers Work?

The RFID reader uses an antenna to send and receive signals to and from RFID tags. The antenna can be built into the reader or externally connected. In fact, some barcode scanning computers can add an attachment, a RFID sled, to transform into a reader.

Readers can also be fixed mounted; fixed mounted readers can be found at a receiving dock’s bay door or at an EZPass (IPASS for Illinois people!) toll booth (for instance). A standard dock door or choke point fixed reader configuration is often called a “portal”. Portals create a field for the tag to pass through, allowing the reader to send and receive information. Readers can be incorporated into other equipment such as forklifts or assembly lines.

We recommend consulting with one of our experts on RFID readers, but here’s a short article to help you get started: Choosing the Right RFID Reader.

Types of RFID Readers

  • Alien ALR-F800
  • Honeywell IF2
  • Impinj R420
  • Zebra FX7500
  • Impinj xArray
  • Impinj xPortal
  • Alien ALH-9011
  • Zebra MC9190Z
  • Zebra MC3190Z
  • Honeywell 70 series
  • Zebra RFD 8500 (Bluetooth)
  • Zebra RFD 5500
  • Honeywell IP30

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RFID Reader Options by Application

Conveyor RFID Reader Recommended for case-level and item-level tracking, conveyor reading is best achieved with multiple antennas. Recyclable plastic containers (RPCs) with embedded RFID tags have also proven effective in conveyed reading applications.
Dock Door Or Portal RFID Reader Ideal for pallet-level reading, portal readers work in conjunction with presence detectors and an RF-reflective surface, such as metal mesh. The metal mesh, which surrounds the doorway, prevents transmissions from adjoining doors being read in error.
Stretch Wrap Station RFID Reader The stretch wrap station provides a fixed reader ample time to identify and categorize items on pallets and to associate them with RFID-enabled pallets.
Overhead RFID Reader Using a fixed reader and a single set of antennas that radiate downward to an RF-reflective surface, bulky single items and pallets, with RFID tags oriented skyward, can easily be read while traveling on a forklift truck.
Handheld Mobile RFID Reader There is always a need for exception-based scanning. Applications requiring a search for a specific item are made easier by the mobility of a handheld mobile RFID reader because the user can bring it to a specific location to execute a search.
RFID Printing And Encoding While often overlooked as a reader, RFID printers do contain a reader module that allows the printer to verify the data commissioned to the smart label insert at the time of printing.

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