CCL Industries. has filed a patent for an inline testing system for RFID inlays. The system includes a test interface with antennas, RFID reader, and circuit for testing and marking non-responsive inlays. The innovative system aims to improve efficiency in RFID testing processes. GlobalData’s report on CCL Industries gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on CCL Industries, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Tape was a key innovation area identified from patents. CCL Industries's grant share as of January 2024 was 55%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Rfid inlay testing system without moving parts

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: CCL Industries Inc

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230394270A1) describes a test system designed to efficiently assess the functionality of radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays. The system includes a test interface with an array of antennas and an RFID reader to interrogate the RFID inlays. The testing sequence involves a primary scan of all inlays, followed by a secondary scan to identify any non-responsive inlays. The system categorizes subsets of inlays for interrogation, ensuring no identical combinations of antennas are used across configurations. In case of non-responsiveness, the system marks the defective inlays for further action.

Moreover, the patent outlines a method for testing RFID inlays using the described system. The method involves moving the inlays into the test interface, conducting a query of all inlays without associating responses with specific antennas, and performing a secondary scan if not all inlays respond. The secondary scan includes interrogating subsets of inlays and recording failures for non-responsive inlays. The method also includes determining defective inlays based on a failure threshold and marking them accordingly. By utilizing a two-dimensional array of antennas and a systematic testing approach, the system and method aim to streamline the identification of defective RFID inlays for efficient quality control processes.

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