Porticos Develops RFID Reader

Porticos, a product design and product development engineering consulting firm in Morrisville, NC, has developed many products for the Sirit—currently owned by 3M—portfolio. The RFID reader unit displayed is a good example of the type of products Porticos’ hardware engineers are not only capable of conceptualizing, but producing.

Product Design Concept

The harsh industrial environment in which items such as RFID readers can be developed require IP protection. To ensure IP protection, effectively securing the safety of consumers in the future, Porticos’ hardware engineers prioritized the ability to test the RFID reader in a safe environment. They worked hard allow space in their process for trial and error, while not sacrificing the security of the project overall.

The electronic functionality requires complete RF isolation from the outside world, as well as between the digital and RF sections inside of the unit. The high-power output for the transmitter required creative thermal management solutions. During the design concept process, Porticos kept in mind the need to execute all requirements while not jeopardizing the cost, time spent in production, or build quality.

Their solution was to integrate 3 separate sections—RF, Digital and Power Supply—within the enclosure design. Porticos’s hardware engineer team conducted a thermal analysis to determine the most efficient means of handling the heat dissipation without requiring force cooling, otherwise known as fans. The resulting housings were die cast aluminum, with secondary operations for the cosmetics and critical sealing surfaces. These housings were manufactured by Porticos’ partner Funfiek.

The final product passed all radiated emissions and thermal tests with no issues. This resulted in the implementation of the reader into products on the market today. RFID readers are quickly becoming the most necessary piece of technology that many companies are looking to integrate into their products.

Porticos is proud to have worked diligently on such an essential, innovative piece of technology that is essential for the future.

Porticos Helps Integrian Pass Vibration Specification– a Key Milestone for Customer Acceptance

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — Porticos, a mechanical design and product development services firm in Research Triangle Park, recently helped Integrian pass a performance requirement representing a key milestone in bringing their product to market. Ich-Kien Lao, founder of Integrian said, “We had an existing mechanical enclosure design that could not meet the stringent vibration requirements that our customers were expecting. We turned to Porticos to help provide a solution. They were able to use software to simulate the performance of the existing design and model the necessary changes required to pass the specification. Vibration is a tricky discipline. Porticos saved us a lot of time and money from trial and error, prototyping, and testing. Their experience, mechanical expertise, and persistence helped us focus in on the necessary modifications to produce a better performing product for our customers.”

Jonathan DeLine, President of Porticos, commented, “This was a very challenging project. We are very focused on building a deep competency in mechanical design and the outcome of this project speaks highly of our team’s ability to meet that objective. Our success is dependent on our customer’s success. We are very happy that we can help Integrian meet a key milestone in launching their product and look forward to contributing to their future success.” Porticos plans to showcase more details about this project and how they design solutions in a case study when the product becomes commercially available later this year.

About Porticos — Porticos, Inc. is a mechanical engineering and product development company located in Research Triangle Park, NC. Established in 2003, Porticos continues to produce innovative and effective solutions for its clients and the markets they serve. Porticos, Inc. provides mechanical design, analysis, research and development services to clients including Dell, Motorola, Raytheon, Emerson, and many others. For more information on how Porticos “turns good ideas into great products,” please visit www.porticos.net.