The RFID identification label is used to identify finished goods, semi-finished goods, and components during production processes. The RFID system significantly accelerates and facilitates production traceability and product verification throughout the supply chain. That is why the automotive industry increasingly often introduces marking of components with RFID tags. RFID tags (...)
RFID logistic label - used for marking parcels and logistic units; it contains information essential for the proper implementation of warehouse processes and transport. The information can be stored in the memory of an RFID tag which significantly increases the efficiency of processes and shortens the reading time. The logistic (...)
RFID product label - applied directly to the product or its packaging. It contains basic information for the end customer such us: name of the device, manufacturer, logo, composition, date of manufacture and/or a bar code etc. The selected information can be written into an RFID tag which significantly speeds (...)
RFID inventory label - a self-adhesive label for marking fixed assets, tools and documents. The register number written to the memory of an RFID tag improves the process of data collection during the inventory of the assets of an enterprise and archiving of documents. The number is most frequently duplicated (...)
RFID shelves and racks labels - self-adhesive labels which are an element of the marking system in many business areas in which there is a need to store products in a specific location. The number of a given location written into an RFID tag makes it possible to automate warehouse (...)
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As specialists in labelling and automatic product identification, we also offer RFID labels. This is a technology that has recently experienced a real boom in popularity. This is a result of the increasing awareness of the need to automate production and logistic processes, as well as improvements in RFID technology itself, which offers increased opportunities to reduce process times.
What is RFID?
RFID is a data transfer technology using radio waves for this purpose. Technological advancements in recent decades have resulted in the fact that nowadays RFID tags allow fast and convenient transfer of a wide variety of data and in large amounts.
In order to read data from an RFID tag, you need two elements: a reader and a label (transponder). The reader is a device which receives data stored on the RFID tag. It consists of the following elements: a transmitting and receiving antenna, a transmitter, a receiver, and a decoder. Whereas the tag consists of an integrated circuit and an antenna. How does this system work? In order to read data stored on an RFID tag, a reader emitting electromagnetic waves must be used. If their intensity exceeds a limit point, as a result of the generated energy, the RFID label receives a signal and prepares a response. It is sent in the form of a tag code. Then, a reader receives the signal using an antenna.
RFID tags and different radio waves frequencies
It should be noted that RFID tags vary significantly. Different division criteria can be used, such as, for instance, the application of the tags. However, taking into consideration the functionality of the tags, the systems should be divided according to the frequency of radio waves used. In this way we receive the following categories of RFID systems:
- Low Frequency (LF) – reading is possible from a distance of up to several centimetres
- High Frequency (HF) – reading is possible from a distance of several dozen centimetres
- Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) – reading is possible from a distance of up to several, and in extreme cases even up to a dozen metres.
RFID labels and their advantages
The popularity of RFID labels is constantly increasing. In some industries they are already commonly used. The application of RFID labels is, above all, to mark items and record information about products and processes. These issues can also be solved in many other ways. RFID is frequently compared to, for example, classic bar codes. Why, therefore, is RFID gaining in popularity and why is it such an eagerly chosen solution? This is due to a range of advantages of RFID technology. These are:
- the ability to store large amounts of data,
- simultaneous reading of even hundreds of RFID tags,
- reusable tags – after reprogramming the memory the tag can be used again, recording completely new data on it,
- information stored on an RFID tag can be protected by encryption,
- easy reading of data – possible from a distance, without the need to direct the reader, even when the tag is covered with material, e.g., when it is in the box,
- RFID tags can be applied to almost any material – even metal,
- RFID tags are durable, resistant to weather and mechanical damage.
Where are RFID labels used?
As we have already mentioned, RFID labels are becoming common nowadays. Nevertheless, their application is particularly popular in some areas. RFID has gained most popularity is such areas as:
RFID labels are also used at all stages of production and logistics, right through to sales. In other words, they are present throughout the whole product manufacturing process and its delivery to the end customers. Moreover, they are more and more commonly used also in business. They are used, among other things, for access control, e.g., as employee ID badges allowing them to enter a company building. However, this is not the only application of RFID labels in business. The rest is discussed further in the text.
Specific RFID applications
Etisoft’s wide offer includes RFID labels for various applications. We cooperate with entities operating in various industries, adjusting our assortment to our customers’ needs. We focus mainly on providing business solutions to production, logistics, trade, and business, as in these areas the demand for RFID technologies is definitely the greatest.
Etisoft solutions for production and logistics
In this area our offer is the widest, due to the largest and most diverse needs of our customers. We offer, above all:
RFID tags for containers and pallets – we manufacture RFID labels for reusable packaging. In this case, the tags have a double function. Firstly, they are used to read the content of a given packaging, which is essential, among other things, in the order picking process and warehouse inventory. Moreover, the RFID tag makes it possible to read the recycling status of a container or a pallet. The advantages of this solution are inventory automation and facilitation of the recycling process.
Identification labels – used at all stages of production, to label all components used in the product manufacturing process. They are used to mark components and semi-finished goods, as well as finished products.
RFID labels for shelves and racks – elements of the comprehensive marking system. The information contained in the tags is used mainly by automated robots and vehicles, facilitating, and frequently even allowing their operation. The tags are used in warehouses and other facilities where the specific location of individual goods plays a significant role. This solution serves to automate work.
RFID label and its role in trade and marketing
Within the RFID label offer for trade and marketing we have prepared two major solutions:
Product labels – the tags contain the most important information from the end customer’s point of view. The data are usually stored on databases from which they can be downloaded using an identifier stored in the RFID tag.
The tags of this type are used in two ways. Above all, they serve to automate inventory in points of sale of products. In addition to that, they can be used as anti-theft tags.
Marketing labels – similar to product labels, they are used to label products. However, their role is slightly different. Their role is to provide marketing data, serving as a promotional tool for the seller. The end customer uses RFID tags to read information about the product. The tags of this type can contain links to websites or text information about the product, as well as encouragement to use additional offers as a bonus resulting from using the particular product. These tags use NFC technology, thanks to which they can be read by any mobile device equipped with this functionality.
RFID in business
As we have already mentioned, RFID is used in business in many ways. An RFID label can be used as an element of access security, for example in an employee ID badge. Etisoft also offers another solution for business:
- Inventory labels – used for labelling company documents, equipment, and any fixed assets. They facilitate the process of inventory of assets in the company. Moreover, they are helpful in document archiving. They constitute a more attractive alternative to classic inventory labels due to their larger capacity allowing large amounts of data to be stored. In addition to that, data are read simultaneously from multiple tags. In other words, inventory taking with RFID labels is much faster.
RFID technology is not a solution of the future, but present, essential for effective process automation. We encourage you to contact us in order to find the optimal solution within this scope. We provide individual approach and adapt our offer to the individual customer needs.