Washing Reliability of Painted, Embroidered, and Electro-textile Wearable RFID Tags

Maxime Guibert, Alexandre Massicart, Xiaochen Chen, Han He, Jeremie Torres, Leena Ukkonen, Johanna Virkki

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    In this paper, we present textile antennas fabricated for wearable RFID applications by cutting from commercially available electro-textile, by sewing with conductive thread, and by painting with conductive paint on a 100% cotton fabric. The ready tags with attached ICs are coated with a protective encapsulant. The wireless performance of the tags is evaluated initially, after moisture testing in tap water, and after five washing cycles in a household washing machine. The initial read ranges of the electro-textile, embroidered, and painted tags are around 10, 6, and 4 meters, respectively. Based on the reliability testing results, the coating protects the components from moisture but the mechanical stress during washing cycles has a major effect on the tags' reliability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2017 Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium - Fall (PIERS - FALL)
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-1211-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium -
    Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

    Publication series

    ISSN (Electronic)1559-9450


    ConferenceProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium
    Period1/01/00 → …

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    • Publication forum level 1

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