Wyoming Patent of the Month – March 2022

Many farmers use RFID tags to track their livestock. A little tag on the ear allows farmers to have greater oversight over their flock or herd. They can also be used in warehouses, with a little tag attached to a package while it moves around the warehouse. In any case, the RFID tag has to be formed in a way that best suits the application at hand. Y-TEX Corp. has designed a manufacturing system which effectively molds the RFID tag as needed.

Their system is particularly convenient for ear tags used in livestock. The livestock ear tags are made of a female and male piece which connect together through the ear. With Y-TEX’s method, the female part is formed using a single molding step which saves time and cost associated with manufacturing.

The single molding step is designed to overcome some particular technical challenges – specifically in ensuring the RFID tag is not damaged and is properly oriented. To achieve this, they designed a fixture which holds the transponder in place within a mold cavity. The fixture holds it in the correct orientation and protects it during manufacture. The mold cavity is then filled with an injected material which engulfs the RFID transponder and then sets in place. This single step molding process simplifies manufacture of the female part, ensuring there are fewer defective pieces made. 

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