Harting’s RFID Solution Enables PCB Detection in SMT Production Line


RFID-4-SMT auto-ID solution once fitted in the PCB, can be used throughout the lifetime of the PCB. It reduces error rate, simplifies documentation requirements



Harting’s RFID-4-SMT auto-ID solution enable communication of PCBs with their SMT production line and contain all the relevant manufacturing data. RFID cuts error rates, simplifies documentation requirements and forms the basis for automated PCB production in a batch size of 1.

During the PCB manufacturing, a small UHF RFID chip is inserted in the blank or later it is attached as a component. From this point onward manufacturing data can be written to and read from the RFID chip at every station in the manufacturing process. Machine malfunctions are also stored.

Using the coax-cable-based Ha-VIS LOCFIELD antenna and the flexible UHF RFID reader Ha-VIS RF-R350 based on the MICA platform, enables communication with several PCBs in one PCB panel at full manufacturing speed.

The reader and antenna can easily be integrated in new and old systems. The compact design and protection class IP67 also facilitate upgrading. Full data integration in the manufacturing system is therefore possible at any time, but not absolutely necessary.

Data can be pre-processed in the reader with the help of modular and open software architecture of the UHF RFID read-write device Ha-VIS RF-R350.

The data is stored in line with ISO standards and the GS1 standards applied to commercial goods transport. This is not only the case for the ID of the PCB itself, but also for the processing and manufacturing data stored in the user memory of the RFID chip. This is all transparent therefore and can thus easily be used later by a third party.

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ID characteristics of the PCB can be used throughout the production lifecycle

Once the UHF RFID technology has been fitted on the PCB, it can be used throughout the lifetime of the PCB. It is possible for several PCBs to be read in bulk without optical contact, i.e. through foil and cardboard packaging, which makes the technology eminently suitable for warehouse and logistics processes.

Moreover, the information can also be read when the PCB is already installed in the application. The housing does not consist entirely of metal and certain basic physical principles are adhered to, the information on the RFID chip, so that it can be continuously used and updated. The options offered by the UHF RFID technology remain available until the PCB is disposed of and can enable and improve a range of different applications.

Company Profile

The HARTING Technology Group is one of the world’s leading providers of industrial connection technology for the three lifelines of Data, Signal and Power. The company also produces retail checkout systems, electromagnetic actuators for automotive and industrial series use, charging equipment for electric vehicles, as well as hardware and software for customers and applications in automation technology, mechanical and plant engineering, robotics and transportation engineering.




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