Industrial machines that operate in tough and demanding environments are expected to last for many years with minimal problems. Industrial RFID systems are frequently an important and integral part of automated manufacturing systems, delivering the data necessary to make critical process decisions.
Consequently, RFID tags attached to pallets, tool fixtures, and other types of carriers must be able to withstand the same harsh environment as the rest of the machine. One of the most effective ways to protect RFID tags is to flush mount them, using the carrier itself as a protective housing. While all RFID tags can be flush mounted in non-metallic materials, it takes a special tag design to enable flush mounting in metal.