RFID test centers

It became apparent some years ago that RFID implementation efforts could be aided by facilities where companies could conduct RFID tests, perhaps under real-world type conditions. Thus was born the RFID Labs or Test Centers that have since sprung up throughout the country, a sampler list of which appears below. A more complete, updated version of more than 15 test labs is available online (see www.packworld.com/view-23573). If we have missed any, please e-mail me at lingle@packworld.com and we’ll update the online version.

ADT Test Lab, Boca Raton, FL www.sensormatic.com

This 6,000 sq ft RFID Performance Test Center is one of two operated by the company that are EPCglobal-accredited; the other is in The Netherlands. It includes label placement processes, high-speed loop conveyor, door portal testing, and stretch-wrap testing.

Alien Technology RFID Solutions Center Dayton, Dayton, OH

Billed as the most advanced facility devoted entirely to the application of RFID technology, the Center comprises 23,000 sq ft of educational, R&D and real-world implementation resources.

Babush Material Handling-RedPrairie RFID Technology Center, Milwaukee, WI www.babush.com

3,200 sq ft facility offers high-speed conveyors and conveyor portals at rates up to 600 ft/min and case labeling up to 60 cases/min.

James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA www.jmu.edu/iiia

A multiprotocol reader, with four antennas and multiprotocol RFID printer; hand-held RFID reader; middleware; WMS with custom RFID module; 80 ft/min circular conveyor system; 860-930 MHz passive tag system capability.

Loftware RFID Lab, Portsmouth, NH www.loftware.com

30,000 sq ft facility features a Printronix SPLA7000e Series RFID Label applicator, 65’ loop conveyor with divert conveyors; pallet racks; pallet conveyor; multiple RFID portals; 3 RFID door portals; and a dock door portal with trailer.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Test Labs, Cambridge, MA http://supplychain.mit.edu/research/rfid.aspx

The RFID Systems Integration Laboratory invites vendors, users and especially supporters to contribute, participate and guide the set-up, experimentation and innovation at the RFID Lab. (see packworld.com/view-19399)

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI www.rfid.msu.edu

RFID Systems include circular and linear antennae designs from Matrics and Alien Technology. Research has included topics such as "The effect of tag orientation and package content on the readability of RFID transponders." (See packworld.com/view-22452)

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