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Label your product with RFID

When accepted into large distribution centers such as Walmart and Target, companies face the daunting requirement of labeling their product with RFID smart labels. While your customers begin installation, let Repacorp print and encode their RFID labels and tags. Our full-service DOD-compliant service bureau will provide the full imprinted and encoded label ready for your customer to place on their item.

Repacorp offers stock and custom RFID label solutions. We have a variety of stock RFID label sizes with popular inlays. Or, create a custom RFID label and print up to six colors, front and/or back! Our chip-neutral insertion process is compatible with available UHF or HF transponders. 

 Repacorp works closely with our inlay suppliers to make sure we are converting the newest and most advanced product for our customers.  If you need a partner to help you get started selling RFID labels and tags, contact your Repacorp customer service representative.

RFID FAQs

Is RFID new?
RFID is a proven technology that’s been around since at least the 1970s. Up to now, it’s been too expensive and too limited to be practical for many commercial applications. But if tags can be made cheaply enough, they can solve many of the problems associated with bar codes. Radio waves travel through most non-metallic materials, so they can be embedded in packaging or encased in protective plastic for weatherproofing and greater durability. And tags have microchips that can store a unique serial number for every product manufactured around the world.

If RFID has been around so long and is so great, why aren’t all companies using it?
Many companies have invested in RFID systems to get the advantages they offer. These investments are usually made in closed-loop systems—that is, when a company is tracking goods that never leave its own control. That’s because all existing RFID systems use proprietary technology, which means that if company A puts an RFID tag on a product, it can’t be read by Company B unless they both use the same RFID system from the same vendor. But most companies don’t have closed-loop systems, and many of the benefits of tracking items come from tracking them as they move from one company to another and even one country to another.

Is the lack of standards the only thing that has prevented RFID from being more widely used?
Another problem is cost. RFID readers typically cost $1,000 or more. Companies would need thousands of readers to cover all their factories, warehouses and stores. RFID tags are also fairly expensive – 20 cents or more – which makes them impractical for identifying millions of items that cost only a few dollars.

RFID Application—Conference & Expo Name Badges

Repacorp’s RFID 4-color process tags were the star of a recent Conference & Expo.  Repacorp’s ability to print up to 6 colors prior to insertion enabled the name badges to be branded with the Conference and Expo’s logo.  When participants walked through the doors of the Conference & Expo with their name badges, the RFID chips recorded who attended, their company, date, time, and other pertinent information about the attendee. RFID readers at the booth level eliminated the need for scanning cards.

RFID Applications

The ability to track a product from the production process through the distribution channel to the end user with accuracy has become easier with the use of RFID.

RFID Applications:

  • Pharmaceutical logistics
  • Asset-tracking
  • Security applications
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Inventory control
  • Name badges for trade shows & expos

RFID

What is Automatic Identification?
Automatic identification, or auto ID for short, is the broad term given to a host of technologies that are used to help machines identify objects. Auto identification is often coupled with automatic data capture. That is, companies want to identify items, capture information about them and somehow get the data into a computer without having employees type it in. The aim of most auto-ID systems is to increase efficiency, reduce data entry errors, and free up staff to perform more value-added functions, such as providing customer service. There are a host of technologies that fall under the auto-ID umbrella. These include bar codes, smart cards, voice recognition, some biometric technologies (retinal scans, for instance), optical character recognition, and radio frequency identification (RFID).

How does a RFID system work?
An RFID system consists of a tag, which is made up of a microchip with an antenna, and an interrogator or reader with an antenna. The reader sends out electromagnetic waves. The tag antenna is tuned to receive these waves. A passive RFID tag draws power from a field created by the reader and uses it to power the microchip’s circuits. The chip then modulates the waves that the tag sends back to the reader; the reader converts the new waves into digital data.

Are there any health risks associated with RFID and radio waves?
RFID uses the low-end of the electromagnetic spectrum. The waves coming from readers are no more dangerous than the waves coming to your car radio.

What is an Electronic Product Code?
The Electronic Product Code, or RFID, was developed by the Auto-ID Center as a successor to the bar code. It is a numbering scheme that will be used to identify products as they move through the global supply chain.

Why is RFID better than using bar codes?
RFID is not necessarily “better” than bar codes. The two are different technologies and have different applications, which sometimes overlap. The big difference between the two is bar codes are line-of-sight technology. That is, a scanner has to “see” the bar code to read it, which means people usually have to orient the bar code towards a scanner for it to be read. Radio frequency identification, by contrast, doesn’t require line of sight. RFID tags can be read as long as they are within range of a reader. Bar codes have other shortcomings as well. If a label is ripped, soiled or falls off, there is no way to scan the item. And standard bar codes identify only the manufacturer and product, not the unique item. The bar code on one milk carton is the same as every other, making it impossible to identify which one might pass its expiration date first.

Will RFID replace bar codes?
Probably not. Bar codes are inexpensive and effective for certain tasks. It is likely that RFID and bar codes will coexist for many years.