PRODUCTRONICA 2013December 2013: We were at productronica for the first time ... and were very much the centre of attention.
"... That said, the fab presence seems to shrink every year. There were clear crowd-pleasers, however. Beta Layout drew attendees to its embedded RFID technology, for instance ..."
"... As mentioned earlier, perhaps the most impressive display was that of Beta Layout, which has partnered with Schmoll to offer a machine for embedding RFID tags. The process involves a robotic placer that picks the tags from a reel and places them into cavities routed or milled in a standard panel up to 18 x 24". An epoxy dispenser then fills the cavity, followed by a 4-minute UV cure. The parts are sized at 3.6 x 1.2 x 1.55 mm and the keep-out zone is 10 x 2.3 mm, Tony Shoot of Beta Layout said. The chips, from Murata, can be pre-programmed, and come with 512 Mb of memory and operate in the 860-960 MHz range. The display drew consistent traffic, making it the standout in what was otherwise a somewhat tepid event for board fabrication ..."