RFID for automotive industry


Car manufacturers such as Daimler group (Mercedes, Smart, Setra), BMW, Audi, Ford, Opel, Iveco, Man, Volkswagen, Fiat or Porsche together with the German Automotive Industry Association (VDA) have designed a special RFID tagging standard.

What does this mean for component suppliers in automotive industry?

They are obliged to use RFID technology in the process of marking their products in accordance with the guidelines. VDA regulations apply to:

  • • physical properties of RFID labels / tags,
    • special data structure stored in the RFID tag memory (6 bit coding),
    • data exchange.

A ready-made solution for marking automotive components with RFID tags

A comprehensive solution that meets 100% requirements set by car and VDA concerns consists of 3 elements:

  1. NiceLabel print management software,
  2. RFID tag printer with the option of coding,
  3. RFID tags.

NiceLabel software, thanks to the high scalability of the application enables adaptation to the current production process, interfering with the process itself. The application can also act as an independent labeling system. The data required to be saved in RFID tags can be transferred to the system in the form of a CSV, txt file, downloaded from the database, or sent as a message over TCP / IP. After receiving the data, it’s coded in the label in accordance with the RFID coding standard developed by VDA.

NiceLabel application can operate in 2 modes:

  1. manual, when the employee enters data for coding,
  2. automatic, when the tag encoding and its printout are initiated by an external process, e.g. a signal from a machine.

RFID label printer with built-in RFID tag coding option that will replace manual coding, e.g. desktop Zebra ZD500R or industrial Zebra ZT411.

RFID tags are selected individually depending on, among others from the product to be marked with them and the recipient to whom the product is to be delivered (some car manufacturers give specific types of tags to be used).