Murata introduces RAIN RFID tag for on metal use.

11/09/2017

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Chairman of the Board and President:
Tsuneo Murata

Summary
Today, Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. announces a new RAIN RFID tag, p/n “LXFLANMXMG-003” for on metal use. Production will start within 2017.

Overview
Placing RAIN*1  RFID tags on metal can be challenging because metal surfaces reflect the signal emitted from the reader and interfere with communication between a tag and reader. However, Murata has patented many technologies that allow RFID tags to work in conjunction with metal objects. The LXFLANMXMG-003 is designed to use the item’s metal surface as part of the antenna, which makes the item itself part of the RAIN RFID tag.
Murata developed the LXFLANMXMG-003 tag specifically for industries, where metal assets are required to be tracked. It is ideal for items that include construction equipment, IT assets, cage cars or logistics containers, and other metal parts used in the manufacturing industry. It can also be used to identify an items location. Items such as tools, containers and bins are often difficult to identify visually, difficult to track and relocate if they go missing, and may also be expensive to replace. Murata’s on-metal tag enables the application of RAIN RFID on all of these items and allows for enhanced inventory tracking.

Features
  • Robust and waterproof to global IP-68 standard
  • Size is 25 x 85 x 4.5 mm
  • Integrates the Impinj Monza® R6-P tag chip
  • Complies with UHF RFID standard ISO18000-63 and EPC Global Gen2v2
  • Produces great read range maximum 10 m (4W EIRP)
  • Supporting global UHF band from 865 MHz to 928 MHz

Background

The Impinj Monza® R6-P tag chip, combined with the Murata design, delivers excellent tag read performance. The product meets IP-68 waterproofing standards, allowing outdoor use without degraded performance. The Monza® R6-P chip has 96-bit EPC memory and 64-bit user memory, allowing users to encode additional information such as internal identification numbers to the tag. With the Impinj platform and best-in-class knowhow, Murata expects to deliver higher added value and a perfect solution for industry needs.

“Once again, Murata has proven its ability to solve difficult RF problems by designing a tag that assimilates with the environment that poses the challenges, in this case metal,” said Carl Brasek, Senior Director of Product Management for Silicon Products at Impinj. “The industrial sector has been waiting for a tag that is capable of high performance in tough environments. The Murata LXFLANMXMG-003 on-metal tag with the Impinj Monza® R6-P chip brings reliable RAIN RFID functionality and a new world of data and operational insights to this market.”

*Impinj and Monza are registered trademarks of Impinj, Inc.

Website link to product information

LXFLANMXMG-003 See the lineup here.


Definition

*1 RAIN: Global alliance to popularize UHF band RFID technology into broader market. It uses GS1 UHF Gen2 standardized in ISO/IEC 18000-63.


Murata in Brief

Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of ceramic-based passive electronic components & solutions, communication modules and power supply modules. Murata is committed to the development of advanced electronic materials and leading edge, multi-functional, high-density modules. The company has employees and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. For more information, visit Murata's website at www.murata.com