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What is an RFID inlay?

An RFID inlay is a component of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. It consists of an RFID chip (also known as an integrated circuit or IC) attached to an antenna, typically embedded in a substrate material such as plastic or paper. The chip and antenna together form the core of an RFID tag, which is used for identifying and tracking objects, people, or animals remotely through radio waves.

RFID inlays come in various shapes and sizes depending on their intended application. They are commonly used in products such as RFID labels, stickers, cards, and tickets. The inlay is typically embedded within or attached to the item being tracked or identified.

RFID inlays find applications in a wide range of industries, including retail, logistics, transportation, healthcare, and manufacturing, where tracking and identification of assets, products, or individuals are required.

What is the difference between wet and dry RFID inlays?

Wet and dry RFID inlays refer to two different manufacturing processes for producing RFID tags, specifically focusing on the adhesives used during production.

Wet RFID inlays are created by directly embedding the RFID chip and antenna onto a carrier substrate (usually a backing material such as plastic or paper) using an adhesive.

Dry RFID inlays involve a different process where the RFID chip and antenna are first assembled onto a carrier substrate, and then a dry adhesive layer is applied over them.

In terms of functionality and application, there isn't typically a significant difference between wet and dry RFID inlays. Both types serve the same purpose of providing the core components for RFID tags, allowing for identification and tracking of objects, people, or animals through radio waves. The choice between wet and dry inlays often depends on factors such as manufacturing processes, cost considerations, and specific application requirements.

 

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Inlay Innovation

For more than 72 years, Metalcraft has provided customers worldwide with durable, high-quality barcode labels and RFID tags.

But did you know that we also manufacture custom RFID inlays? Watch this video to learn more about our latest business venture, Inlay Innovation and how an inlay is created.

This process includes the design, development and manufacturing of custom RFID inlays.

With Inlay Innovation, we offer a 360° approach to RFID construction. We design everything but the chip in-house, ensuring that every component of your RFID tag fits together perfectly. Because they're chip agnostic, our custom designs can fit any chip that you need.

We understand how everything fits together, from the big picture to the fine details. That is how we can create custom inlays tailored to your application, offering enhanced tag performance and efficiency. We can find that "one in a million" custom design, often in less time than other companies would take to find you a good stock design.

The services and capabilities of Inlay Innovation include the following:

  • Shear testing the bond strength of the conductive adhesive of the chip and antenna
  • Temperature exposure tests
  • Inlay design services
  • Contract converting services
  • Prototyping

 

So, what exactly is an RFID inlay? An RFID inlay consists of three separate components.

  1. Antenna
  2. Chip
  3. Substrate

 

The RFID antenna serves as the "ears" of the tag, allowing it to track and "catch" RF signals being emitted from an RFID reader.

The RFID chip is the part of the inlay that makes decisions while also providing the memory needed to store data.

A substrate is the part of an RFID tag that holds the components together. It's usually made from a flexible material such as thin plastic, but more rigid materials can be used as well. The chip is bonded to the antenna on the substrate in order to make the completed inlay.

Why Inlay Innovation Could Be Right for You

Partner with us to save time, money: For some RFID applications, constructing a custom inlay is a cost-effective way to optimize your RFID tags and achieve the desired outcome of your RFID application. Custom inlays save time and capital by combining the engineering phase of tag construction with the design phase. By partnering with the RFID experts at Inlay Innovation, you can expect to go from tag design to final production in 12 months.

Differentiate from the competition: Custom inlays allow customers to better differentiate their products by offering a truly unique product and creating a more sustainable supply chain.

360° RFID solution provider: Beyond custom designs, we are committed to being your full-service RFID partner. Our identification experts will help you every step of the way, from the initial design of your tag through the manufacturing process.

Designed and manufactured in the USA: We offer US-based designs and manufacturing with a sustainable supply chain that will not disrupt you or your customers. From prototypes to production runs, Metalcraft can confidently meet customers' RFID identification challenges.

High Tech with a Personal Touch

Inlay Innovation offers world-class inlay manufacturing and testing capabilities, as well as the technical expertise that rivals those of any larger organization in the RFID industry. But we offer something those larger companies don't - service with a personal touch. We genuinely listen to our customers and are invested in their successes - which shows in our excitement as we continually communicate through every project and make it easy to do business with us. 

Our inlay design consultants work with you, reviewing specifications and defining objectives to develop custom inlay designs for specific applications. We delight in giving customers the flexibility, ease of use and technical solutions they need to meet ID demands not only today but into the future. This level of service and support is there for you always, genuinely defining ID Made Better®.

If you have an opportunity for custom RFID inlays, contact us at 800-437-5283. You can also visit us at www.idplate.com.

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Inlay Innovation

For more than 72 years, Metalcraft has provided customers worldwide with durable, high-quality barcode labels and RFID tags.

But did you know that we also manufacture custom RFID inlays? Watch this video to learn more about our latest business venture, Inlay Innovation and how an inlay is created.

This process includes the design, development and manufacturing of custom RFID inlays.

With Inlay Innovation, we offer a 360° approach to RFID construction. We design everything but the chip in-house, ensuring that every component of your RFID tag fits together perfectly. Because they're chip agnostic, our custom designs can fit any chip that you need.

We understand how everything fits together, from the big picture to the fine details. That is how we can create custom inlays tailored to your application, offering enhanced tag performance and efficiency. We can find that "one in a million" custom design, often in less time than other companies would take to find you a good stock design.

The services and capabilities of Inlay Innovation include the following:

  • Shear testing the bond strength of the conductive adhesive of the chip and antenna
  • Temperature exposure tests
  • Inlay design services
  • Contract converting services
  • Prototyping

 

So, what exactly is an RFID inlay? An RFID inlay consists of three separate components.

  1. Antenna
  2. Chip
  3. Substrate

 

The RFID antenna serves as the "ears" of the tag, allowing it to track and "catch" RF signals being emitted from an RFID reader.

The RFID chip is the part of the inlay that makes decisions while also providing the memory needed to store data.

A substrate is the part of an RFID tag that holds the components together. It's usually made from a flexible material such as thin plastic, but more rigid materials can be used as well. The chip is bonded to the antenna on the substrate in order to make the completed inlay.

Why Inlay Innovation Could Be Right for You

Partner with us to save time, money: For some RFID applications, constructing a custom inlay is a cost-effective way to optimize your RFID tags and achieve the desired outcome of your RFID application. Custom inlays save time and capital by combining the engineering phase of tag construction with the design phase. By partnering with the RFID experts at Inlay Innovation, you can expect to go from tag design to final production in 12 months.

Differentiate from the competition: Custom inlays allow customers to better differentiate their products by offering a truly unique product and creating a more sustainable supply chain.

360° RFID solution provider: Beyond custom designs, we are committed to being your full-service RFID partner. Our identification experts will help you every step of the way, from the initial design of your tag through the manufacturing process.

Designed and manufactured in the USA: We offer US-based designs and manufacturing with a sustainable supply chain that will not disrupt you or your customers. From prototypes to production runs, Metalcraft can confidently meet customers' RFID identification challenges.

High Tech with a Personal Touch

Inlay Innovation offers world-class inlay manufacturing and testing capabilities, as well as the technical expertise that rivals those of any larger organization in the RFID industry. But we offer something those larger companies don't - service with a personal touch. We genuinely listen to our customers and are invested in their successes - which shows in our excitement as we continually communicate through every project and make it easy to do business with us. 

Our inlay design consultants work with you, reviewing specifications and defining objectives to develop custom inlay designs for specific applications. We delight in giving customers the flexibility, ease of use and technical solutions they need to meet ID demands not only today but into the future. This level of service and support is there for you always, genuinely defining ID Made Better®.

If you have an opportunity for custom RFID inlays, contact us at 800-437-5283. You can also visit us at www.idplate.com.

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Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as he goes through the same process using the Printronix T4000 and the Zebra ZT410!

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