PCBs with embedded RFID get UL certification

July 24, 2015 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Around two years ago Beta LAYOUT patented its technology for embedding RFID technology (Magic-PCB®) in the USA. RFID lends itself to cradle-to-grave identification especially useful product tracking, security, meeting regulatory requirements and recycling.

In a continuing process this technology was evaluated according to US safety standards for electronic products. Recently Beta LAYOUT received a Certificate of Compliance from Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for Magic-PCB® which confirms the RFID embedding technology meet’s the industry’s requirement.

By embedding an RFID module into the printed circuit board, every PCB is identifiable from the cradle to the grave. RFID simplifies identification by eliminating the need for barcodes and line of sight creating a systematic and thus more efficient system. Each RFID module has a unique identifying code and a user memory.

Typical fields of application are process control, product security and recycling. This technology is available for prototype PCBs and small volumes using the PCB-POOL® service. High volume production is also possible under license using a specially developed application machine.