Huntsman introduces smart Araldite adhesives for RFID company TAGSYS
Jun 19, 2007
Huntsman Advanced Materials has created two specialist Araldite® adhesives for use in the electronics industry which are resistant to water, heat and cleaning chemicals. The adhesives were developed for TAGSYS - the global supplier of item-level Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and readers.
Araldite® XD 4477-1 and Araldite® XB5304 were created by Huntsman's adhesive experts to specifically bond together the plastic components of TAGSYS' small and rigid Ario™ SL tags and give each chip an extra layer of protection so that their performance is optimised at all times. The RFID tags are subsequently being used in innovative traceability applications such as professional garment rental, maintenance and management by industrial laundries.
To date, TAGSYS has manufactured several million RFID tags using Araldite® adhesives. TAGSYS' RFID tags, made using Araldite® XD 4477-1 and Araldite® XB5304, are being used at several industrial laundries, including in hospitals to help manage the uniforms of doctors and nurses. The RFID tag is patched onto the garment and can contain information such as the wearer's name, the hospital and department they work in, the size of the garment and the number of times it has been cleaned. The use of RFID tags in this particular application significantly reduces the number of man hours required to sort clothing by hand, helps control theft and can improve overall laundry service productivity by 10 per cent.
Because the RFID tags are washed with the garment, the integrity of the component is dependent on the performance of the adhesive that bonds it together and its ability to withstand temperature extremes ranging from -40c to 150c. Araldite® was the perfect solution, providing the required levels of resistance needed.
For more information about Araldite® go to www.araldite.com ; for more information about TAGSYS go to www.tagsysrfid.com