Interview with CISC

Quality Testing in RFID Production

At CISC Semiconductor, we pride ourselves on delivering state-of-the-art testing equipment for RFID systems. The RAIN Xplorer Inline, a prime example of our innovative solutions, serves as a comprehensive Production Tester designed for high-speed quality testing and verification of RAIN RFID inlays, tags, and labels. Benedikt Weigand, our Business Unit Manager of Wireless Identifications, delves into the details of how the RAIN Xplorer Inline is transforming RFID production in an exclusive interview.

At a glance

  • High-speed testing unit for RAIN RFID production lines.
  • Versatile functionality for all inlay and label sizes.
  • Testing, Encoding, and Crypto functionalities in one process.


Could you introduce the RAIN Xplorer Inline to our readers?
Yes, of course. The CISC RAIN Xplorer Inline is a high-speed unit for testing RAIN RFID inlays and tags in the production process. Quality testing and verification of RAIN RFID inlays and labels during the production process are the only ways to achieve 100% functioning and well-performing inlays and labels. Additionally, the possibility for label converters to encode in a single process, along with the extensive crypto functionalities (SAM/TAM), makes it unique worldwide. The CISC RAIN Xplorer Inline can be integrated into any production line (including multi-lane), making it the ultimate tool for RFID production.

What are the greatest challenges for quality testing in tag production, and how does the RAIN Xplorer Inline address them?
One of the challenges in testing on the production line is the speed of the production machine, as well as the so-called near-field/far-field complex. End users are, of course, interested in how labels perform in application setups, which represent a far-field scenario. However, production line testing is conducted in the near-field. The solution to this is CISC’s extensive test antenna portfolio which provides an excellent near-/far field correlation. Additionally, the different available test antenna sizes enable the testing of inlays and labels of all dimensions at a very high speed.

Why is encoding and testing in one process essential for label converters?
It significantly accelerates production and throughput. The capability to simultaneously test and encode within a single process and using a single piece of equipment saves a substantial amount of time, enhances convenience, and increases throughput. Moreover, it results in cost savings since you require only one piece of equipment.

Crypto functions are getting more and more important. Is it important to implement and test it already in the production process?
Absolutely, especially for label converters, and we take pride in being the only company worldwide that can offer this already in the production process. Applications in the pharmaceutical industry, road tolling, and access control often involve sensitive data, such as product information or personal data. Encoding labels with cryptographic functions helps safeguard this data from unauthorized access and tampering. Implementing this in the production line reduces overall production complexity and leads to significant savings in production costs.

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