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Tablet integrated with RFID Reader

Tablet PC with RFID Reader

Revolutionizing the world of retail, medicine and technology, RFID scanner has redefined safety, efficacy and errorless services. While minimizing the human efforts and inaccuracies, the RFID readers have been ensuring that they significantly improve the overall quality of life and care provision. RFID technology has transformed the ways of service provision. With automation of data collection and supporting tag reading without the line-of-sight, the time utilization and efficacy has increased by manifolds. However, the cost and the streamlining the technology with the human efforts has been a bigger challenge for the industries. The wide scale application of Tablet PC with RFID scanner in the medical and retail sector has been lauded due to the maximization of efficacy, but the complexity of the usage, maintenance requirements and the costs, data security, privacy, and apprehensions about radio frequency interruption are a few aspects that challenge the wide scale application. Automated tracking, effective supply chain and asset management and tagging are a few aspects which have transformed the services industries.

What is an RFID Reader?

RFID technology has taken over the world by a storm. RFID also is known as Radio-Frequency Identification makes utilization of the Radio waves which allow the RFID tags to send the data to the RFID reader. The entire RFID system is composed of three basic components which include the scanning antenna, reader, and transponder. The antenna is attached to the Tag and transmits the radio waves. The reader then decodes the signals and interprets them, sending them to the transponder.

RFID has three major types which are active, semi-passive, and passive. The active RFID comes with the highest potential range. It is composed of an internal battery lasting up to 5 years, for taking bigger reading ranges coupled with an enormous memory bank. Semi-passive RFID tags come with a small battery which works in collaboration with external sensors for monitoring. Passive RFID is the most economical option with no battery. With Its short range, it needs activation every time and is mostly used in the retail sector.

Based on this, the further subtypes are made which different on the basis of the frequency range they can effectively communicate. Low Frequency RFID (LF) supports 30 KHz to 300 KHz range while High Frequency (HF) RFID works effectively at 3 MHz to 30 MHz range. The Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) RFID works efficiently in the 300 MHz and 3 GHz range.  Use of the Near Field communication (NFC) Tags approved by the International Organization of Standardization, or ISO (ISO 14443 & ISO 18000-3) has been ideal for effective RFID operations. Due to the standardization, the NFC operates at the single frequency of 13.56 MHz   

Why Tablet with RFID Reader?

Tablets with RFID readers have become an imminent part of the services industries especially the retail sector and the medical field. From cost cutting and error-free technology, the tablets with RFID readers ensure a skyrocketing improvement in data collection and processing. In the tablet with RFID scanner, you get the leisure of having a tablet untethered to your desk allowing you to get the high performance processing on the go.  Tablets with RFID readers are a significant tool used in asset tracking, inventory management, counterfeit prevention, ID badging, logistics and much more.

While the supply chain management and retail sector has significantly benefited from the tablet with integrated RFID scanner, it is the rugged tablet pc with RFID scanner that has revolutionized the field of medicine. A medical tablet with RFID scanner has been in a skyrocketing demand owing to its integration in the patient tracking, inventory control, injection safety, healthcare IT asset management, and infection control processes. The ultimate outcome has been effective and patient centric care provision.

Benefits of tablet with RFID readers:

  • Strong anti-interference. One of its most important advantages is non-contact identification. It can work in harsh and harsh environments. It can and has strong penetrating power and can quickly identify and read tags.
  • The data capacity of the RFID tag is very huge. It can be expanded to 10k according to the needs of users, which is much higher than the capacity of 2,725 digits in the QR code.
  • It can be dynamically operated, its tag data can be dynamically modified by programming, and it can be dynamically tracked and monitored, as long as the object attached to the RFID tag appears within the effective recognition range of the reader.
  • Long service life, RFID tag is not easy to be destroyed, and the service life is very long.
  • Anti-collision, within the effective recognition range of the reader, it can read multiple RFID tags at the same time.
  • High security, RFID tags can be attached to the product in any form, and the tag data can be encrypted with a password to improve security.
  • The recognition speed is fast. As soon as the RFID tag enters the effective recognition range of the reader, it will start to read the data. Generally, the recognition can be completed in less than 100 milliseconds.

RFID Scanner tablet Application in Healthcare

Healthcare can benefit from the RFID scanner tablets by ensuring that the healthcare professionals can have details of a patient only a single click away from them. The Rugged medical tablets with RFID scanner allow the healthcare professionals to get the radiography scans, patient management and infection control done through the handheld tablets with RFID without being stuck to their PC screens.   

For example, The IEC 60601-1/2 certified windows tablet MD-100, built with integrated RFID scanner and it can be used for asset management, patient identification and more. With an IP65 water resistance and housing antimicrobial features, it is easy for cleaning and disinfection,  ideal for the usage in the medical facilities in the COVID-19 times.

A medical tablet in a hospital and healthcare facility is an aspect that has revolutionized and maximized the overall patient care. Rugged medical tablets with RFID scanners are hot in demand.

Redefining the paperwork for the medical staff, this on-the-go medical tablet comes with RFID and NFC and a barcode scanner for tablets. SmartCard reader and Integrated security for security and privacy are ideal for usage in healthcare asset tracking, injection safety, infection control, and radiological purposes. Estone Technology has put special care and technological advancements in this rugged medical tablet with RFID to maximize the healthcare output and services.

RFID Scanner Tablet application in Logistic

Logistics is one such sector which has benefited heavily from the RFID scanners. The tablets with RFID scanner ease the logistics operations to a great degree. The operations like inventory track, asset tracking, data collection, in the warehouse, transportation, shipping and more which are an integral part of the logistics are done through a handheld tablet with RFID Scanner.

Logistics and warehouse operation need maximum accuracy and efficiency. Any error could cost thousands of dollars to the company. Consider an example of Estone technology’s Ultra-Rugged Android RFID tablet UA-80. This android tablet with integrated RFID and NFC scanner is an ideal product for logistic application,  it is also integrating optional barcode reader, sunlight readable, waterproof IP-67, and MIL-STD-810G complaint, this rugged handheld tablet will bear the rain and sunlight to provide effective logistics services.

Tablet integrated with RFID Reader

RFID Reader tablet in manufacturing facilities

The Manufacturing facilities can effectively make use of the windows tablet with built in RFID scanner as well as the android tablet with RFID scanner. The manufacturing, packaging and labeling processes in the industry will be effectively carried out with the tracking done simultaneously. There are many android RFID tablets that are handheld and can be carried around by the production managers around the facility to carry out supply chain management, production management and asset management. For example, Ultra-Rugged Android RFID tablet UA-80 is one such product which can be applied to the manufacturing industry. As described above, the bar code scanner for tablets is integral for inventory control and asset management in the manufacturing industry. This rugged tablet with RFID scanner will provide such opportunities while being drop proof and waterproof.

RFID Tablet Application in other fields

The RFID reader application is not limited to the logistics and healthcare sector. The fields of transportation, retails, food, Anti-counterfeiting, military and so on are heavily dependent on this advanced technology. There is still a long way to go for the full incorporation of the RFID technology on the large scale in all industries to ease the operational management and minimize human errors.

A handheld tablet with RFID reader will not only maximize the efficacy of the scanning and the overall asset and supply chain management processes it will also reduce the human errors while maximizing outputs for the companies. The fields of medicine and supply chain have been integrating the tablets with RFID scanners while many other industries can effectively incorporate this technology in their manufacturing and production sector. The safety and efficacy of the RFID technology will be improving with the passage of time providing privacy and security to the user data. Hospital and care facilities will need to update their overall infrastructure for maximizing the outputs from the RFID technology usage in the care and services provision.

To know more about our products in these categories, see rugged tablets and medical tablets on our website or contact us for details of your project. You can customize them to your business and get your deals and tracking done on the go.

Touch panel ESD protection

Touch panel ESD protection for medical tablet and panel PC

Industrial panel PC with ESD protection

With the evolution of touch screen technology, touch interface has been gradually taking its place in life as one of the most effective user interfaces. We have become accustomed to using electronic products like our own smartphones, tablets and kiosks, ATMs, vending machines, electronic information systems in public places with touch screens. The healthcare industry is another area with rapid adoption of medical tablets, touch panel PCs, medical devices with touch panels and other touch related medical computers.

As any user accessible areas can be subjected to Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) strikes, all products with touch panels require some sort of ESD protection. Their electrostatic discharge problems need to be addressed to meet international standards. Electrostatic discharge can be very harmful to computer systems. Even a small amount of voltage can damage components and cause system failure.

Product reliability is an important factor for hardware and software on the design of industrial panel PC and medical tablet computers with touch panels built-in. This article will provide information on touch panel ESD protection, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) standard ESD tests and requirements for medical devices and industrial computers.

Touch panel ESD protection

A typical projective capacitive touch panel consists of three major components, a glass protective cover, a capacitive touch sensor layer and a touch controller circuit. The touch controller circuit traditionally exists on a separate FPC. On one side of the FPC, the touch controller IC is responsible for monitoring the electric field around the panel with a series of electrodes in the touch sensor. If an object is placed in close proximity, it detects the change and records the location information.

Touch panel ESD protection

The touch controller is designed to sense electrical variation on the surface of the panel. The environment or human with large electrostatic charge to touch the panel will let the controller sensed a huge noise. The touch sensor pins of the touch controller IC will inevitably contain ESD protection circuits. The huge trigger signal will send through the ESD protection circuit and flow into the power or ground lines of the controller.

On the other hand, the FPC connection to the main board can also expose the touch controller to ESD pulses introduced at the system level. Examples of these ESD channels include USB, Ethernet or other exposed interfaces of the system. When the power increases to more than the touch controller IC’s ESD protection limit, it will damage the IC, or cause internal circuit malfunction.

To solve the problem of electrostatic discharge with touch panels, many techniques can be applied, including mechanical design, production control, system circuit or component characteristic design. The basic principle is to protect the key components like the touch controller IC. Most EMC hardware design measures can be applied to ESD immunity improvement for touch panels, including power supply design, layout considerations, I2C pull up considerations, metal part grounding, adding external ESD protection, etc.

In addition to hardware measures, software measures can also be implemented to deal with some other touch panel related ESD problems. For example, in our touch panel PCs PPC-4310, touch controller ESD watchdog feature of the firmware is enabled. It allows the reset of the touch controller and recovery of the touch function from non-destructive ESD events.

Tablet computer and panel PC ESD tests

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) tests for tablet computers and industrial panel PCs for measuring ESD are based on IEC 61000-4-2. It defines the range of test levels in relation to different environmental and installation conditions and establishes the appropriate test procedures. The objective of the standard is to establish a common reproducible basis for evaluating the performance of equipment subjected to ESD protections.

There are two types of tests based on the international standard, contact discharge and air discharge. The following is an IEC 61000-4-2 specifying compliance levels of ESD tests. A common test level for industrial panel PCs is 6kV contact, 8kV air, but these values could be higher or lower depending on the product standard requirements.

IEC 61000-4-2 ESD test classification:

IEC 61000-4-2 ESD test classification

Where “x” can be any level in between the other levels.

Medical tablet and panel PC ESD test requirements

The new EMC standard for medical devices, such as medical tablets and panel PCs is IEC 60601-1-2 standard. It includes increased testing limits for electrostatic discharge (ESD), radiated radio-frequency (RF) immunity, surge immunity, and electrical fast transients (EFTs). The standard outlined in IEC 60601-1-2 for measuring ESD is following IEC 61000-4-2 mentioned above.

Touch panel ESD protection for medical tablet PCs

One of the significant revisions to the immunity standard IEC 60601-1-2 is the increased ESD level. The contact discharge level is increased from 6kV to 8kV, while air discharge level is increased from 8kV to 15kV. This is the same as the Class 4 of the IEC 61000-4-2 standard.

Estone’s medical grade tablet computers and industrial panel PCs go through a series of rigorous product development processes. They are designed to meet IEC 61000-4-2 or IEC 60601-1-2 ESD test standards for product quality and reliability to use in the medical field.

To know more about our products in these categories, see medical tablets and panel PCs on our website or contact us for details of your project.