Magic PCB - Embedded RFID for mass-produced PCBs

Beta LAYOUT at productronica 2013 - Hall B1, Stand 261

Aarbergen, (PresseBox) - Beta LAYOUT allows you to tag mass-produced PCBs with their embedded RFID - we call it the Magic PCB process. Beta LAYOUT will be demonstrating its Magic Application Machine (MAM) at this year's productronica. This machine automates the process of embedding an RFID chip in your PCBs.

By embedding an RFID chip at the very start of the production process you are able to identify and trace your PCBs from the outset, and also protect yourself from counterfeiting. The RFID chip can store information about revision status, firmware, repair and upgrade histories, anti-manipulation measures, along with other customers imagined uses. Data can be retrieved using a reader even if the PCB is no longer visible. In addition, data can be written onto the chip during the product life cycle. The RFID chip information will even make it easy to separate all the production materials for recycling.

Our patented embedded RFID production process will soon be available under licence so that every PCB manufacturer can take advantage of it. Our partner is Schmoll Maschinen GmbH. PCB manufacturers can order a Magic Application Machine from our partner and use the embedded RFID technology under licence from Beta LAYOUT.

Customers who prefer to start using this technology immediately without investing in their own machine, can try our Beta LAYOUT RFID Service Centre. Just send Beta LAYOUT the production panels you've prepared. We will then create and embed the RFID chips using the MAM machine and deliver the PCBs back to you for the next stage of production.

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Beta LAYOUT ( is a leading company in Europe in the field of printed circuit board services. Beta LAYOUT was founded in 1989 as a service provider for printed circuit board design. Today, Beta LAYOUT GmbH not only produces and sells printed circuit board prototypes, high-tech PCBs, and small series according to the PCB-POOL® shared-cost principle at three locations in Germany, but also laser-cut SMD stencils, front panels including laser engraving and colour printing, 3D prints and prototypes for collision detection, in addition to the BETA eSTORE which offers tools and accessories for prototype PCB builds. Moreover, Beta LAYOUT offers the embedding of RFID chips in printed circuit boards, and SMT/THT assembly. Beta LAYOUT, with its headquarters in Aarbergen/Germany and further locations in Ireland, France, South Africa, and the US, has more than 200 employees. Beta LAYOUT GmbH is ISO 9001 and UL-certified. This guarantees a quality standard that is required by worldwide operating industrial enterprises.

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