The purpose of this research was to investigate the effect of shock and vibration during distribution on the performance of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) transponder. The RFID system selected for this study was a passive, ultra-high frequency system that complied with the requirements of Wal-Mart and the Department of Defense. The performance of an RFID tag was determined based on a transponder's read range. Two types of experiments were conducted in this research: test protocols used to identify the read range characteristics of the RFID transponder and a simulation of the product distribution cycle based on the ASTM D 4169-04 standard. The effect of shock and vibration on RFID tags was based on a comparison of the transponder's read range from a control experiment and the read range test. Test results demonstrated that there was no statistical difference between the two groups of data. The results indicated that the shock and vibration generated from the simulated product distribution did not have any effect on the performance of the RFID transponder.

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Inventory control--Automation; Radio frequency identification systems; Shock (Mechanics); Vibration

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Packaging Science(MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Packaging Science (CAST)


Deanna Jacobs

Advisor/Committee Member

Karen Proctor

Advisor/Committee Member

Daniel Goodwin


RIT – Main Campus

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