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Antenna Cells

Supplier: Intermec

With its unique, mostly metal design, the Intermec Antenna Cell is an RFID antenna specifically developed for forklift installations where shock and vibration can far exceed the specifications of antennas designed for fixed RFID reader applications.

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Complete with mounting hardware, Antenna Cells can be mounted with no drilling, cutting or welding which enables fast and inexpensive installations for a single forklift or fleet deployments. Antenna Cells are available in both FCC and ETSI frequencies.

Antenna Cells leverage another new product, the Adaptable Load Backrest (ALBR), developed in partnership with Cascade Corporation, the world’s leader in the design and manufacture of lift truck attachments. The Antenna Cells can be mounted into an ALBR in about a half hour, as opposed to spending a day of field engineering time, and approximately $2500 in expense, to install RFID equipment onto a forklift the “old fashioned” way.

The ALBR neatly and precisely compartmentalizes the Antenna Cells and RFID reader into areas of the load backrest that don’t obstruct the operator’s vision and are protected from damage. In addition, the ALBR provides built-in Antenna Cell cable routing for protection for vulnerable cables and a professional looking installation.

Antenna Cells mounted into ALBRs are flexible and configurable for quick and inexpensive reconfigurations to support changing application needs such as converting from pallet tag reading to case level reading. This modular approach enables Antenna Cells to be interchangeable for quick replacement of damaged parts lessening slow downs in a busy operation.

The ALBR and Antenna Cells not only improve operator performance and safety, they also significantly reduce the time and cost of RFID forklift deployments. With the ALBR and Antenna Cells, the installation of an RFID reader and antennas no longer needs to involve labor-intensive customization of the load backrest or fork truck. Durable, reliable installations of these products should last the life of a typical forklift lease.

Antenna Cells are sold by Intermec Technologies and its distributors and partners. ALBRs are manufactured and sold by Cascade Corporation. They are built to order for specific forklift models.

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