Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a trace-and-track technology using RF signals for communication. RFID system was expected to replace barcodes and magnetic stripes because of its extra benefits for the supply chain: multiple items tracking and operation without line-of-sight. A major limitation of RFID technology was the cost of implementation. Since the existing method for RFID applications - "Slap and Ship" - was costly and time-and-labor consuming, this study was aimed to investigate whether the new method - printed-RFID-antenna - could be used in corrugated packaging industry for cost reduction purpose, and also whether those printed antennas could function under the severe environments. Although the results showed the success of the conductive antennas on corrugated materials, the conductivity achieved was not as high as that of the ones on label substrates. This indicated that the printed-RFID-antenna method could be used in corrugated packaging production, but an additional treatment might be needed. Moreover, the results also showed that those printed antennas on corrugated substrates had a little effect under the high temperature/high humidity environment, but had a big impact under the frozen condition.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Inventory control--Automation; Radio frequency identification systems; Flexography; Antennas (Electronics)--Testing; Package printing; Corrugated paperboard--Testing

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Degree Name

Packaging Science(MS)

Department, Program, or Center

Packaging Science (CAST)


Bruce Kahn

Advisor/Committee Member

Daniel Clark

Advisor/Committee Member

Daniel Goodwin


RIT – Main Campus

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