(Research Triangle Park, N.C.) The innovation and commercialization experts at Montie Design have come up with a new troubleshooting tool for original equipment manufacturers to successfully identify where their products’ RFID portals can, or can’t, read tags. The new RFID Field Detector targets the presence of the 900mHz signal emitted by RFID portals with the push of a button, conveniently showing where the RFID field is strong and where it is weak through a series of seven LED lights on the ultra-thin, simple tool.
“The industry was crying out for an easy-to-use, portable testing device which technicians could carry with them as they walked through RFID fields,” said Montie Roland, company president and chief designer.
Smaller than a smart phone, the low-cost RFID Field Detector uses minimal materials and is powered by just three AAA batteries. Product specs and details are available online at www.rfidfielddetector.com.
RFID, or Radio-Frequency Identification, functions along the same line as a bar code or magnetic strip on credit cards, providing a unique identifier for an electronic device. It has wide applicability in numerous engineering and manufacturing industry sectors, and is being used more frequency in security applications as well as in mobile phones and wireless communication devices.
The RFID Field Detector is the latest addition to Montie Design’s lineup of troubleshooting tools used worldwide since 2009 to test whether or not RFID portals are emitting a signal. The RFID Field Detector is a next generation unit, inexpensively providing a never before seen ability to understand the size and strength of the field for the portal technicians are setting up.
“Our innovative tools are developed around the concept of helping our clients get their product to market with as little investment in time and money as possible,” Roland said, explaining that many times this means aligning incentives around different agendas, which relies on shared communication and trust between his firm and the client at hand.
“It’s okay to be altruistic in designing tools to better our industry, but when it comes to facilitating commercialization our clients’ number one concern is profitability, and that’s why we develop tools like the RFID Field Detector,” he added.
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About Montie Design
Montie Design is an innovative concept-to-marketplace product design and development firm with core competencies in mechanical engineering and industrial design. Implementing a collaborative approach to partnering with clients, Montie Design balances vision with usability in realizing products that are economical to manufacture, elegant and robust. The firm operates out of the Southeast’s innovation hub, the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, with its wealth of industry-leading technology, resources and customers. For more information, visit www.montie.com.