RFID Smart Labels & Tags
Let RMS Omega help you select the right tags and labels for your RFID application.
Often times, it is more efficient to use RFID labels that provide information through radio waves at various frequencies. The RFID technology can be passive, waiting to be read, or can be actively transmitting data. Unlike barcode labels, the RFID labels can be read without being in the sight line of the reader. An RFID solution is particularly useful in these situations:
- Use of UHF tags for capturing data from a distance or behind other items
- Very rapid data collection and aggregation on stock levels, location and any other information requested
- Harsh environments with excessive dirt, dust, moisture, and extremes of temperatures
- Security for high mobile items such as library books or retail inventory
RMS Omega provides RFID tags for Datamax-O’Neil, Intermec and Zebra printers. We offer stock HF and UHF, Class 1 Gen 2 inlay options and provide multiple face sheet, inlay and adhesive combinations for your custom RFID labeling needs.
RFID smart label advantages:
- Enhance process efficiencies
- Solves difficult logistical tracking of inventory or equipment
- Work efficiently even in harsh environments with excessive dirt, dust, moisture, and extreme temperatures
- Simultaneous multiple read capability – rapid data acquisition
- Reduce operation costs – Increases Revenue
What is an RFID tag?
RFID tags consist of an integrated circuit (IC) attached to an antenna—typically a small coil of wires—plus some protective packaging (like a plastic card) as determined by the application requirements. Tags also sometimes are called “transponders,” and sometimes they are called “inlays,” although technically an inlay is a tag mounted on a substrate that is ready to be converted into a smart label. RFID tags can come in many forms and sizes. Some can be as small as a grain of rice. Data is stored in the IC and transmitted through the antenna to a reader. RFID tags are either “passive” (no battery) or “active” (self-powered by a battery). Tags also can be read-only (stored data can be read but not changed), read/write (stored data can be altered or rewritten), or a combination, in which some data is permanently stored while other memory is left accessible for later encoding and updates.
What is a “smart label”?
“Smart labels” go beyond simple tag functionality by combining human-readable information and bar code technology with RFID. A smart label consists of an adhesive label that is embedded with an ultra-thin RFID tag “inlay” (which is a tag—IC plus antenna—mounted on a substrate). Smart labels combine the read range and unattended processing capability of RFID with the convenience and flexibility of on-demand label printing. Smart labels also can be pre-printed and pre-coded for use. In on-demand applications, the tag inlay can be encoded with fixed or variable data and tested before the label is printed, and the label can retain all existing formats and layouts that are required to support bar codes, text, and graphics used in established applications. A read/write smart label also can be programmed and reprogrammed in use, following initial coding during the label production process.
Passive smart label RFID systems offer unique capabilities as an automatic data capture system in that they: Provide real-time, wireless transmission of data without human intervention; Do not require line-of-site scanners for operation; Allow stored data to be altered during sorting or allow workflow process information to be captured with the data; and Work effectively even in harsh environments with excessive dirt, dust, moisture, and extreme temperatures.