I am the CEO and co-founder of Voyantic, a company that specializes in RFID test and measurement solutions. Before starting Voyantic in 2004, I worked as a researcher at the Helsinki University of Technology focusing on passive RFID sensing for moisture in building structures.
I am happy to share with you that Voyantic is now part of the Impinj family!
Impinj has recently acquired ownership of Voyantic. We at Voyantic will continue our operations as a wholly owned subsidiary of Impinj with our current organization and management team. We are excited about the opportunities this creates for both of us. By joining forces, Impinj and Voyantic have even better opportunities to help companies to excel in RFID.
I am sure most readers of this blog are familiar with Impinj. Impinj is a leading RAIN RFID provider and Internet of Things pioneer. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely data about everyday things to business and consumer applications, enabling a boundless Internet of Things.
Voyantic, on the other hand, is known as an expert organization that provides test and measurement solutions to the RFID industry and academia. We will continue on this path with our existing products and services. And there will be more. Together with Impinj, we will have more opportunities to grow and strengthen our offering to the RAIN RFID industry.
I have known several people from Impinj for more than 15 years and always enjoyed working with them. I feel we share a similar culture of valuing expertise and achievement. In addition, we largely share the same customer base. It is our common goal that manufacturers all over the world design and manufacture high-quality RFID inlays and labels. I see that as a key for continued RAIN RFID adoption.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have about this news. We will also be attending several events in the upcoming weeks where you can meet Impinj and Voyantic representatives, including RFID Journal Live in Orlando and Shanghai IOTE in May, and the RAIN in Action event in Seattle in June.
The Voyantic team looks forward to the future as an Impinj company and continuing to help you to excel in RFID! For more information about the future of Impinj and Voyantic, see the Impinj blog for an update from Chris Diorio.
I have 10 years of experience in RFID testing and 12 years in product management both at Voyantic and a few software companies (clinical trials and endpoint security). My main goal currently is to drive Tagsurance 3 product and the team behind it towards scalability and growth to be able to serve the RFID industry when it grows towards high volumes and production speeds.
It has been almost a year since the Tagsurance 3 launch. So we thought it was about time to report what we’ve been up to with Tagsurance 3 product development and tell a bit more about the product vision and next steps.
I summarized the new features since the launch below. These are made based on customer feedback, our learnings from the market and to enable robust industrial-scale quality control on most production lines.
We are committed to providing the best quality control solution for RAIN RFID production lines from chip attachment and label converting to offline reel-to-reel, and even for tagged items. Our focus is on creating a fast, reliable, scalable, future-proof, and modern quality testing solution that is also easy to integrate.
We will continue full-steam ahead on this track.
We are also working on RAIN encoding. It will be a feature in Tagsurance 3 so the same well-known platform, same team, and same ambition will soon cover RAIN encoding as well. The encoding feature can be upgraded to your current or future Tagsurance 3 installations. More information on the release schedule and specifications will follow.
IO signals to the production machine based on yield
This feature brings the possibility to give a digital IO signal to the machine or LED signal tower based on low yield or consecutive failed tags. Here are a few examples:
the yield of current lot/job per lane or across lanes, e.g. lot yield < 99.21 %
the yield of a “window”, e.g.
last 400 tags < 99.1 %
can be used to stop at n consecutive failed tags;
set window size to match wanted “max consecutive fails”
set yield percentage (X) as follows: 0 < X < 1 / [windows size] * 100
Telemetry visible in operator UI
This feature shows lane speed and distance traveled since the job start. You can also trigger sensor-related data in real time:
pattern correlation if the pattern in use
pitch measured based on trigger
IO only station
The IO-only station feature is useful for integrating, for example, a machine vision system for visual quality check or a similar test device that is either triggered by itself or by Tagsurance 3.
The IO-only station works like any other station with the exception that no data connection, no initialization by Tagsurance 3, and no results as data (only pass/fail) in Tagsurance 3.
Job configuration in one place
All configuration items (recipe, lot, trigger settings, and action triggers) needed for a job are now in a single modal and easy to manage.
Lane Configurator is now part of the operator UI
The machine IO and Locations settings have been moved to Lane Configurator as well, putting them all logically in the same place.
TAL15k support “RS-232 tester interface”
Tagsurance 3 can be now used with the Mühlbauer TAL15k machines with either one or two testers. The latest version provides full support for the TAL15k including operator UI and a real-time view of how the testing progresses in the testing area.
If your TAL15k has the “RS-232 tester interface” enabled (we will help you to find this out) then Tagsurance 3 can be integrated to TAL15k machines very easily, just by connecting the RS-232 from the machine and changing the coupling elements to Voyantic Snoop Pro.
Strobe light (LED) available as an accessory for easy trigger adjustment
The strobe comes with a short adapter cable and it is connected between the “Station IO cable” and the “Station”.
Snoop Pro shielding plate collection has grown significantly
Snoop Pro 1.0 and Snoop Pro Mini 2.0 have now a large collection of shielding plates available to purchase to avoid compromising lane speed and/or testing accuracy. New plates also have the type and opening size engraved on them for ease of use.
Notes on the terminology:
The length of the shielding plate opening is always the opening dimension in material movement
The width of the shielding plate opening is always the opening dimension perpendicular to material movement
Snoop Pro 1.0 selection:
70 mm width – lengths from 24 to 60 mm in 2 mm steps
90 mm width – lengths from 20 to 60 mm in 2 mm steps
115 mm width – lengths from 24 to 60 mm in 2 mm steps
Snoop Pro Mini 2.0 selection:
60 mm width – lengths from 16 to 60 mm in 2 mm steps
80 mm width – lengths from 16 to 60 mm in 2 mm steps