Reliability study of flexible inkjet- and thermal-printed RFID antennas in high humidity conditions

Muhammad Rizwan, Ajith Adhur Kutty, Monageng Kgwadi, Timothy D. Drysdale, Leena Ukkonen, Johanna Virkki

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    The growth of the Internet of Things has created a need for cost-effective and light-weight electronics on flexible substrates. Great potential lies in versatile applications of passive UHF RFID components but their robustness toward various environmental stresses must be ensured. This paper presents a comparison of thermal- and inkjet-printed passive UHF RFID tag antennas on a novel polyester-based substrate (Flexcon THERMLfilm) in high humidity conditions. The tag ICs are coated with two different protective glue materials and the tag performance is evaluated through wireless measurements before and after high humidity testing. According to the results, the coating materials or moisture do not prevent the inkjet-printed tags from working in a tolerable way. The absorbed moisture temporarily shifts the peak read range of the thermal-printed tags to a much lower frequency but the most important reliability challenge is to find a coating material that is compatible with the thermal-printed antennas.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2016 10th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP)
    ISBN (Print)978-88-907018-6-3
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2016
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventEuropean Conference on Antennas and Propagation -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


    ConferenceEuropean Conference on Antennas and Propagation
    Period1/01/00 → …


    • RFID
    • RFID tags
    • inkjet printing
    • thermal printing
    • Reliability

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