RFID Solution for Tracking Components Life for Rotor Head Assembly


The project team developed technology that enables tracking and monitoring of components made of various materials. Our product is an adaptable Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag — which is a replacement for barcodes. The tag allows to track various components throughout its life-cycle and potentially extend the life of such components and reduce maintenance costs. In contrast, the existing RFID tags perform poorly on metallic components. The proposed solution adapts to the environment and enables up to 10m (30ft) tracking range. In this paper we present the results of our work and improvement achieved with different tag designs and hardware antenna array fir RFID reader. We employ passive RFID system which is a battery-less, short-range method of data communication technology. The benefits of employing backscatter communication include easy deployment, low cost and low maintenance. However, all RFID consumers have similar problems and ask the same question "how can we still maintain a fair read rate when the number of RFID tags in our business increases?" This has been the main complaint from RFID consumers and the main challenge for RFID scientists. In addition, RFID systems suffer from short communication range and low reliability. We propose solutions to these problems.

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The Vertical Flight Society 75th Annual Forum and Technology Display, Forum 75 (2019: May 13-16, Philadelpyhia, PA)


Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Intelligent Systems Center

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 May 2019