JP2012216925A - Housing box of product with ic tag and ic tag check system - Google Patents

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JP2012216925A
JP2012216925A JP2011079504A JP2011079504A JP2012216925A JP 2012216925 A JP2012216925 A JP 2012216925A JP 2011079504 A JP2011079504 A JP 2011079504A JP 2011079504 A JP2011079504 A JP 2011079504A JP 2012216925 A JP2012216925 A JP 2012216925A
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An object of the present invention is to avoid reception of erroneous radio waves and to read an IC tag attached to a stored item without opening the box even in a storage box made of a radio-opaque material. A storage box and a reading system thereof are provided.
The storage box 1 is made of a material in which all or part of the box is made of a material that blocks radio waves or attenuates strength, and the inner space of the box and the outside are electromagnetically blocked by the material. At least one pair of radio wave transmitters 12 and receiving antennas 13 for IC tags are built in the inside, and signals transmitted from the IC tag 8 and received by the receiving antennas can be taken out of the box.
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  The present invention relates to a storage box for storing a product with an IC tag and an IC tag information confirmation system including the storage box.

The principle of the IC tag (RFID tag) is that a radio wave of a certain frequency is transmitted from the outside, and the IC tag receives the radio wave, thereby transmitting the information of the IC tag itself and the receiver receiving the radio wave. is there. At present, in the field of physical distribution, IC tags are expected to be further spread because the quantity and attributes of products can be clarified and traceability related to the distribution of products can be easily obtained.
Specifically, by attaching an IC tag to which the product information is input to each of the contents (product) of the cardboard box, the internal IC tag is transmitted by transmitting a radio wave from the outside of the cardboard. The signal can be received by an antenna outside the cardboard, and the information quantity of the product in the cardboard can be read immediately. Usually, the quantity and information of the product are obtained by passing a cardboard box containing the product with the IC tag through the gate consisting of the transmitter that transmits radio waves and the receiving antenna that receives the transmission data of the IC tag. be able to.
As a merit of such a logistics system, the quantity and information of the contents can be obtained immediately without opening a radio wave permeable box such as a cardboard box. Yes.

  In particular, in the field of clinical testing, specimens collected for tests taken at hospitals, etc., are not tested on the spot, but at different testing locations (laboratory in the hospital or a collective laboratory on a remote site). A similar system is being introduced in some cases. For example, according to a doctor's examination request form, a specimen for examination (tissue, blood, urine, etc. collected from a healthy person or a patient) is collected in a hospital or the like. A plurality of specimens are collected from a plurality of patients, and even for the same specimen, the collection method changes according to the examination item, so that a plurality of specimens for examination can be obtained. These specimens are managed so as to be individually identifiable (for example, barcodes in which attributes and contents of the specimens are input). However, there is a case where collection or collection leakage occurs, and it is necessary to confirm whether the sample is collected and collected according to the examination request form. Even if a barcode is identified, the confirmation work at an intermediate base such as a sales office where many specimens are collected is performed by unpacking the stored box, removing the specimen from the storage rack, and performing the confirmation work. For this reason, the specimen has been lost or it has been very complicated and difficult to collate with the request form. Therefore, it is known that the use of an IC tag is useful because these confirmation operations can be performed easily and accurately.

Japanese Patent No. 3733386

In order to extract information on a large number of products with IC tags, there is a radio wave transmitter near the product with IC tags to be read. Receive with a nearby reader. Therefore, when a product with an IC tag passes through the transmitter and the gate of the reader, there is an advantage that the reader can easily receive the radio waves of the IC tag. It is necessary to adjust the strength of the radio wave so as not to receive the radio wave. If the adjustment is not properly performed, an erroneous result may be obtained by reading a product with an IC tag that is not intended to be read.
On the other hand, in order to recognize an IC tag attached, there should be no shielding object that blocks the transmitted radio wave. In other words, when a product is stored in a box made of a material that does not transmit radio waves, even if an IC tag is attached to the product, the transmitted radio wave is cut off. Cannot be used. Such boxes include, for example, metal boxes such as duralumin cases, aluminum foil, aluminum vapor deposition materials and the like. In particular, in the case of a specimen transport box that transports specimens, the surface of the foamed polystyrene is covered with an aluminum sheet or an aluminum-containing resin, or the entire surface of the box is coated with a metal-containing paint on the surface of the box exterior. There are boxes that have improved cold insulation.

  The problem of the present invention is that it is possible to avoid erroneous reception of radio waves that may occur in a storage box made of a radio wave transmissive material such as cardboard, and also in a storage box made of a radio wave non-transparent material, It is an object of the present invention to provide a storage box that can read an IC tag attached to a stored item without opening the box, and a reading system thereof.

The present invention relates to the following inventions.
[1] A box for storing a product with an IC tag, wherein all or part of the box is made of a material that blocks radio waves or attenuates strength, and the inner space and the outside of the box are made of the material. It is electromagnetically cut off, and at least one pair of IC tag radio wave transmitter and receiving antenna is built inside the box, and the signal transmitted from the IC tag and received by the receiving antenna can be taken out of the box. The storage box.
[2] The storage box according to [1], wherein the lead wires of the transmitter and the reception antenna are led out of the box as means for taking out the signal received by the reception antenna to the outside of the box.
[3] The storage box according to [1] or [2], wherein the product to which the IC tag is attached is a specimen storage container.
[4] A terminal for applying a current for inducing radio wave transmission to a lead wire extending from the radio wave transmitter for the IC tag;
A physical distribution line including a terminal for receiving a signal obtained from a lead wire extending from a receiving antenna for an IC tag; and a unit for calculating a received electric signal.
[5] A confirmation system including the storage box of any one of [1] to [3] and the logistics transport line of [4].

  According to the present invention, since the storage box is surrounded by a radio wave non-permeable material, erroneous reception of radio waves that may occur in a storage box made of a radio wave transparent material such as cardboard, for example, other than an IC tag to be measured It is possible to avoid receiving from the IC tag or receiving another similar radio wave. Moreover, the IC tag attached to the stored item can be read without opening the box while using the radio wave non-permeable material.

It is a perspective view which shows typically the one aspect | mode of the storage box of this invention. In addition, the part shown with the dotted line in drawing is a part which is not actually visible from the outside. It is typical sectional drawing of the one aspect | mode of the storage box of this invention shown in FIG. It is a typical perspective view of the one aspect | mode of the IC tag confirmation system of this invention which consists of one aspect | mode of the physical distribution line of this invention, and the one aspect | mode of the storage box of this invention shown in FIG.

  Hereinafter, one aspect of the storage box of the present invention shown in FIGS. 1 to 3 (hereinafter referred to as storage box 1) and one aspect of the physical distribution line of the present invention shown in FIG. 3 (hereinafter referred to as physical distribution line 2) The present invention will be described based on one aspect of the confirmation system (hereinafter, confirmation system 3).

The confirmation system of the present invention includes the storage box of the present invention and the physical distribution line of the present invention.
1 to 3 is an embodiment of the storage box (storage box 1) of the present invention, the entire box is made of a metal material that blocks radio waves, and the IC tag 8 is attached by opening the upper lid 11a. The product 9 can be stored or taken out from the inside. Inside the storage box 1, a pair of radio wave transmitters 12 and a receiving antenna 13 are provided on the inner surfaces of the opposite side walls 11b and 11c. A radio wave transmission lead wire 14 extends from the radio wave transmitter, and one end of the lead wire is connected to an energizing terminal 16 provided outside the bottom surface 11d of the box. A reception signal lead wire 15 extends from the reception antenna, and one end thereof is connected to a reception signal terminal 17 provided outside the bottom surface of the box.

  On the other hand, in the aspect of the physical distribution line of the present invention shown in FIG. 3 (the physical distribution line 2), the energization terminal 16 and the reception signal terminal 17 of the storage box 1 are electrically connected to the middle of the conveyance line, respectively. A reading unit side energization terminal 21 and a reading unit side reception signal terminal 22 that can be energized are provided. These reading unit side terminals 21 and 22 are connected to a transmission / reception calculation unit 23 for calculating a received electric signal.

  In one aspect (confirmation system 3) of the confirmation system of the present invention shown in FIG. 3, the storage box 1 is transported on the distribution transport line 2, and is in a predetermined position, that is, the energization terminal 16 and the reception signal terminal of the storage box 1. 17 and the reading unit side energization terminal 21 and the reading unit side reception signal terminal 22 reach a position where they can be electrically energized, a current that induces radio wave transmission from the energization terminal 16 according to a command from the transmission / reception arithmetic unit 23 Is energized, and a radio wave of a predetermined frequency is transmitted from the radio wave transmitter 12. When the IC tag 8 receives the radio wave, information recorded on the IC tag is transmitted from the IC tag 8 as a radio wave. The radio wave transmitted from the IC tag 8 is received by the receiving antenna 13, and the signal is sent to the reception signal terminal 17, so that it can be taken out of the storage box 1.

  Since the entire box 1 is made of a metal material that blocks radio waves, even if there is an IC tag other than the IC tag to be measured on the outside of the box, or there is radio waves similar to the IC tag. Even these effects can be avoided. Further, although the storage box 1 is made of a metal material, the information on the IC tag attached to the product can be read without opening the box.

  The storage box of the present invention is made of a material that blocks radio waves or attenuates the strength (hereinafter sometimes referred to as radio wave non-transparent material), and electromagnetically separates the internal space and the outside of the box by the radio wave non-transparent material. As shown in FIGS. 1 to 3, the entire box can be made of a radio wave non-transparent material, or only a part of the box can be made of a radio wave non-transparent material. You can also. Examples of the latter include a box in which a metal foil (for example, aluminum foil) is attached to the outer surface and / or inner surface of a box made of an arbitrary material, or a metal-containing paint is deposited (for example, aluminum deposition). be able to.

Examples of the radio-opaque material that can be used in the present invention include metals such as aluminum, iron, duralumin, plastics having a metal deposited on the surface, and processed products thereof.
Specific examples include a metal box such as a duralumin case, an aluminum foil, a box using an aluminum vapor deposition material, and the like. Especially for specimen transport boxes that transport specimens, the surface of the foamed polystyrene is covered with an aluminum sheet or resin containing aluminum, or a metal-containing paint is applied to the material surface of the box exterior to enhance cold insulation. Box.

  The upper limit of the number of radio wave transmitters and reception antennas provided in the storage box of the present invention is not limited as long as at least one radio transmitter and one reception antenna can be provided. Since the information of a plurality of IC tags can be processed at a time by combining a pair of transmitters and antennas, it is usually sufficient to incorporate a pair of transmitters and antennas. Therefore, the reading accuracy can be further improved by arranging a plurality of transmitting and receiving antennas on the front and rear surfaces, left and right, top and bottom, etc., and reading the IC tag from different directions depending on the time difference. Note that the number of radio wave transmitters and reception antennas may be the same or different as long as the information of the IC tag can be processed.

  The arrangement position of the radio wave transmitter and the receiving antenna inside the box is not particularly limited as long as the information of the IC tag attached to the product can be accurately processed without omission, but stores a large number of products. It is preferable that it is provided on the surface of the inner wall (particularly, the facing inner wall) as shown in FIGS. 1 to 3 in that the inner space of the box can be fully utilized.

  The present invention can be used in the field of various product logistics.

1 ... storage box;
11a ... upper lid; 11b, 11c ... side walls; 11d ... bottom surface;
12 ... Radio wave transmitter; 13 ... Receiving antenna;
14 ... Conducting wire for radio wave transmission; 15 ... Reception signal lead wire;
16 ... energization terminal; 17 ... reception signal terminal;
2 ... logistics transportation line;
21: Reading unit side energization terminal; 22 ... Reading unit side reception signal terminal;
23 ... transmission and reception arithmetic unit;
8 ... IC tag; 9 ... Product.

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  1.   A box for storing a product with an IC tag, wherein all or part of the box is made of a material that blocks radio waves or attenuates strength, and the inner space and the outside of the box are electromagnetically The above-mentioned storage that is shielded and has at least one pair of radio wave transmitter and receiving antenna for IC tag inside the box, and the signal transmitted from the IC tag and received by the receiving antenna can be taken out of the box box.
  2.   The storage box according to claim 1, wherein each of the lead wires of the transmitter and the receiving antenna is led out of the box as means for taking out the signal received by the receiving antenna to the outside of the box.
  3.   The storage box according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the product to which the IC tag is attached is a specimen storage container.
  4. A terminal for energizing a lead wire extending from a radio wave transmitter for an IC tag with a current for inducing radio wave transmission;
    A physical distribution line including a terminal for receiving a signal obtained from a lead wire extending from a receiving antenna for an IC tag; and a unit for calculating a received electric signal.
  5.   The confirmation system containing the storage box as described in any one of Claims 1-3, and the physical distribution conveyance line of Claim 4.
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