RFID: Knowing the Difference Between HF and UHF

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Industrial manufacturing is constantly adapting to meet the ever-increasing productivity and efficiency demands on the factory floor, and track and trace technologies play an important role in satisfying these goals. Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been providing manufacturers with high-quality monitoring systems to deliver unparalleled control and visibility over automated operations for increased efficiency gains and improved production.

When selecting the ideal track and trace technology, options are no longer limited to the debate between the capabilities and advantages of radio frequency identification over optical identification methods. Now, manufacturers should examine the difference in performance capacity between the various RFID frequencies in order to ensure the correct solution is implemented to meet corresponding application requirements.

With each industrial application presenting a unique set of challenges and demands, it is important to know the speed, range and number of tags individual operation requires to achieve the necessary level of control. This white paper will explain how RFID technology operates, and will further break down high-frequency and ultrahigh frequency RFID. The white paper will also highlight the distinct strengths and weaknesses of each frequency, along with identifying the industries and applications that suit each technology best.