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Omron increases RFID inlay production capacity

Posted: 17 Apr 2006     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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Omron Corp. revealed more specific plans related to the November 2005 announcement of a Rs.89.28 crore ($20 million) worldwide investment in the RFID business over a two-year period.

The company announced that RFID inlay manufacturing capacity will be increased to support production of more than 25 crore (250 million) inlays per year at its Minakuchi factory in Shiga, Japan. The inlays produced at Minakuchi are marketed and distributed globally by Omron's RFID division.

According to Bill Arnold, chief strategist for Omron RFID, the plant expansion plans announced recently "should give a clear indication that Omron RFID is stepping up its capabilities, responding to the increasing market demand and aggressively pursuing the global RFID market."

Omron RFID's inlays are manufactured using a patented process called Jomful. Instead of applying adhesives, Jomful utilises an ultrasonic welding method to bond the chip and strap to the substrate. Inlays are produced up to 10 times faster than adhesive-based processes and contain a more robust electrical connection.

"Armed with Jomful-quality RFID inlays, now enhanced by production in class 10000 clean room standards, Omron is ready to supply the high volumes needed for the supply chain market and lower the total cost for RFID tags," added Arnold.

Omron will continue to add inlay production capacity to further increase annual production above 35 crore (350 million) inlays within the next 12 months.

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