The answer to these questions is that just about any asset, part, product or other item can be identified, tracked and managed using an ultrahigh-frequency RFID tag. But tagging methods vary, based on an item's shape, size, material and texture, as well as the environmental conditions in which it will be tracked.
Among the key issues that must be considered, Poplawski says, are:
• the size of the asset to be tagged and the footprint available to receive the tag
• the surface of the asset to be tagged, such as metal, plastic, cloth, living tissue (nursery stock, farm livestock, lab animal, pets, infants), wet paint, wet chemical coating, chemically treated, abrasive
• the duration of time the asset needs to be tagged—short or long term, permanent or temporary
• the duration of time the item will be exposed to environmental conditions, such as extreme temperatures, moisture, chemicals, abrasion, dust, human contact, pressure, salt water, animal exposure, outdoor ultraviolet exposure and weather conditions, industrial processing, temperature shock (going from hot to cold and back), flash freezing (dry ice), and lab testing
• the asset's temperature at the time of tagging; for example, hot molded products just out of the mold, or frozen consumer vending products
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