Create your own RFID smart-labels in-house
These table top units print and encode a variety of UHF (Ultra High Frequency) radio frequency identification smart labels for a multitude of applications. Our special label printers encode data on RFID labels and tags, while simultaneously printing text, bar codes and graphics.
The Technology of RFID
RFID smart labelling is an emerging means of product identification that has been adopted by retailers and government agencies to track the movement of products throughout the supply chain.
A smart label is a pressure-sensitive label with an RFID transponder (inlay) embedded between the label face stock and its release liner. This RFID tag can be encoded with large amounts of variable information which can be gathered by an RFID reader. Unlike bar codes, RFID data can be accessed without the visibility of the tag itself, and multiple RFID smart labels can be read at the same time.
Various standards have been developed by EPCglobal Inc. to support the use of RFID in today’s data rich trading networks. Weber has the capability to supply RFID smart labels that will meet both established and emerging standards.
RFID reader for an easy understanding
Using RFID, products and transit casing can be rapidly identified in a reliable, error-free manner, even under adverse environmental conditions. At the heart of the system is the “transponder”, a tiny computer chip equipped with an antenna. This chip stores a globally-unique serial number, the EPC (Electronic Product Code). In theory, applications that store a greater amount of data are also possible, such as individual article or serial numbers, use-by dates or lot numbers, for example.
The process of reading the data does not require line-of-sight contact between reader and storage unit, and multiple storage units can be read in one sweep. Label printers and label applicators that process RFID labels are fitted with a read/write unit that accesses the transponder. Over this interface, data is transferred from computer to label printer and is then simultaneously printed to the label and programmed into the transponder.
Contactless product identification makes applications possible that contribute to considerable savings in production and logistic costs. Various RFID solution models are available to suit multiple application scenarios.
RFID Labels and Tags
Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) labels and tags are a great solution to manage inventory and control warehouse costs. We frequently work with customers who want to save money on missing pallets or save time that is otherwise used for manually counting inventory. In addition to tracking products, you can also use them to work with people.
Here are a few ideas on how to use RFID:
- Track inventory in a store by attaching a tag to products
- Track marathon runners by applying an RFID label to their number card
- Maintain library inventory by placing an RFID label inside each book