RFID Case Study: RFID in instrumental analysis plants

Introduction of a control and monitoring system

At a glance...

  • Product development RFID OEM Module
  • Easily integrated
  • Standard interface
  • Designation of illuminants with tags
  • Documentation of all working steps and measured values
  • Control and monitoring of plants
  • Integrated quality standard
  • Reliable system

Used RFID Technology

  • RFID Frequenz 13,56 MHz (HF)
  • RFID HF30 OEM Modul AJ
  • RFID Transponder 13,56 MHz


Analytik Jena AG produces systems for qualitative and quantitative examination of liquids, solids and gases within environmental, foodstuffs, pharmaceutical, medical and agricultural analysis.

The plants are spectrometers and are used to analyze chemical elements, molecules and molecular structures.

A prepared sample is fed into the device, radiated and decomposed to determine given measured values in a detector. Concentration and volume provides information on the unknown substance. Various lamps/illuminants are used for this. They are arranged in a star-shaped system with plug coding and are selected specifically for the type of examination in question. This ability to select and deselect the illumi-nant is to be supported in the future with the help of RFID. The target is a controlled process as well as documentation of all working steps and measured values, in order to achieve results from analysis that can later be proven.


Development of an RFID OEM Module was started with the following requirement targets: The module should be easily integrated into the plant, should be failsafe and gaurantee a quality standard of 100 percent in all aspects. A transponder is attached to the glass of the illuminant, which is read-out from the module placed in the middle. The transponder ID is saved in a database and linked to parameters relevant for the process. Based on this ID, the RFID OEM module detects which illuminant belongs to which analysis and reports to the plant as soon as the illuminant has reached the defined scanning point. All worksteps and measured valued in the database are documented during the analysis. All required specifications such as, e.g. type of illuminant, wavelengths and currents are compared and documented in the background.

After four months of development and test phase, Brooks has presented the RFID product. The first large delivery of the RFID OEM Module was to Analytik Jena, and the plants are running perfect-ly, as reported by Analytik Jena: "The first modules have already been in use for some time under real conditions within our application. The workmans-hip of the new RFID OEM modules from Brooks Automation is exceptional, the quality is constant and the transponders are also functioning perfectly".