Choosing the Right RFID Reader for Your Application
While RFID is still a blossoming technology, there are many different types of applications for it. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a solution out there to fit your needs. Below is a list of common RFID Readers used for various applications and recommended products.
Conveyor RFID Reader
Conveyor readers are best paired with multiple antennas for case-level applications. Recyclable plastic containers with RFID tags embedded are also effective in conveyor reading applications.
Dock Door or Portal RFID Reader
Portal readers are used for pallet-level reading and work with presence detectors and an RF-reflective surface, such as metal mesh, in order to prevent adjoining doors being read in error.
Recommended: Symbol DC600 Portal System
Stretch Wrap Station RFID Reader
Ideal for identifying and categorizing items on pallets and associating them with RFID-enabled pallets.
Recommended: Intermec F4
Overhead RFID Reader
Bulky single items and pallets with RFID tags toward the sky can easily be read on the forklift using a fixed reader and a single set of antennas to radiate downward to an RF-reflective surface.
Recommended: Intermec F5
Handheld Mobile RFID Reader
Applications that require a search for a specific item are best performed using a handheld mobile RFID reader.
RFID Printing and Encoding
RFID printers contain a reader module, allowing the printers to verify data commissioned to the smart label insert at the time of printing.
Recommended: Intermec PM4i