Leveraging 15 years of experience providing wireless solutions for transportation, logistics, automotive and manufacturing industries, Confidex announced today that it has released two new high temperature products aimed at the automotive industry. The new Heatwave family of UHF RFID tags deliver effective automated tracking of goods through the high temperature phases of automotive production. The Heatwave Flag includes flexible attachment for automotive paint shop processing while the Heatwave Tough boasts exceptional performance on metallic surfaces.
Confidex, a global provider of rugged industrial wireless products, is serving the automotive industry with the two new products uniquely designed to withstand the auto manufacturing process. Heatwave products can be applied to auto bodies to control the production process for each individual body configuration. The new tags, with special polymer design, operate effectively even at temperatures of up to 250°C in the body and paint shop.
With Heatwave Flag and Heatwave Tough, the company’s broadening portfolio addresses multiple process requirements including flexibility in tag positioning and attachment methods for the automotive industry.
“ We’re delighted to expand our offering to automotive and other manufacturing industries. Our 15 years in industrial grade RFID enables us to design reliable wireless connections, as a backbone of industrial digitalization.” says Miika Pylvänäinen, Confidex Product Line Manager.
Heatwave Flag has evolved from the field-proven Corona Classic, upgraded with the latest material innovation and with improved memory and sensitivity. Its flexible attachment design enables it to be fixed to all materials, while it can be applied so that the antenna does not come in direct contact with metal.
Heatwave Tough offers an innovative design for on-metal attachment on flat metal surfaces, while also offering flexibility for tag positioning and automated application. It comes with heat resistance of 250 degrees C for 50 minutes while it operates well around salt water, motor oil, acetone, sulfuric acid and other chemicals. By including the latest high-memory chip generation– employing the UCODE 7xm+ chip with 384-bit digital signature and 2-kbit user memory – the new Heatwave Tough also offer flexible data implementation.
The tags deliver multiple benefits over traditional barcodes including reduction of scanning interfaces and avoidance of the redundant identification processes conducted at manufacturing sites today. When tags remain on the product or asset after production, they also offer after-sales benefits for consumers or retailers.
Confidex’s ruggedized tags have a history of success stories in the automotive industry. These VDA compliant products have helped premium automotive companies such as Volvo to facilitate higher flexibility and more cost-efficient manufacturing processes in their global production network. Volvo is a pioneer for this use case and a long-term partner for the evolution of the company’s high temperature products.
Heatwave products can be applied beyond the automotive sector in comparable industrial manufacturing processes with high temperature operations up to 250°C.
Heatwave Tough and Heatwave Flag are available now for in samples and commercial production.
For more information about the products visit Heatwave family page.