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RFID News Roundup

Checkpoint Systems' Check-Net system can now print, encode, test a million RFID labels in 24 hours ••• BeSpoon unveils 3D RTLS development kits ••• Holland RFID merges with InfoChip Systems ••• PDC announces two new RFID wristbands, partnership for Squamish Valley Music Festival ••• Turck's Q120 compact UHF read-write head now broadly available.
By Beth Bacheldor
Oct 16, 2014

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Checkpoint Systems; Holland 1916, Holland RFID, InfoChip Systems, InfoChip LP; BeSpoon; Precision Dynamics Corp.; and Turck.

Checkpoint Systems' Check-Net System Can Now Print, Encode, Test a Million RFID Labels in 24 Hours

Checkpoint Systems has announced that its Check-Net print shops have implemented new printing capabilities enabling them to more quickly print, encode and test RFID labels for apparel retailers and manufacturers employing Checkpoint's source-tagging capabilities.

The company reports that its newly upgraded Check-Net system is eight times faster than industry-standard thermal transfer printers, and can print and encode one million RFID labels within 24 hours.

The Check-Net service produces and delivers retailer-ordered bar-coded tags and RFID tags to item manufacturing sites worldwide, and also includes installation and maintenance services, to facilitate the complete ordering process and ensure that the correct products are delivered at the proper time. Along with the new printing systems, Check-Net offers new processes and quality controls, including individual re-serialization of Electronic Product Codes (EPCs). EPC testers are attached to printers, and Checkpoint follows strict manufacturing processes to ensure that the RFID labels not used are destroyed. In addition, Checkpoint indicates that it uses anti-static packing to avoid RFID chips being damaged.

Check-Net also features an improved online ordering system the company claims is easier to user, enabling retailers and manufacturers to order tickets in only four clicks. Other enhancements include live ticket previews and full order and data visibility, including orders and invoices for all brands for each store worldwide. The new printing systems are already deployed at several of Checkpoint's 19 global @source locations, and are being rolled out to print shops in Asia, Europe and North America.

Holland RFID Merges With InfoChip Systems

Holland 1916 has announced that its Holland RFID division has merged with InfoChip Systems Inc., to form InfoChip LP. The two companies joined forces to offer customers a more complete RFID product lineup consisting of software, tags and readers, according to Mike Stradinger, Holland 1916's CEO. Stradinger is now also the CEO of the newly formed InfoChip LP, which will operate as a partially owned subsidiary of Holland 1916. The other three Holland 1916 Inc. subsidiaries—Holland Nameplate, Holland Interface Solutions and Holland Integrated Metal Solutions—are not part of the deal (and do not sell RFID products to third parties).

Holland RFID had offered rugged RFID tagging solutions for industrial applications, while InfoChip Systems Inc. was a long-time provider of durable RFID tags and readers, as well as asset-tracking and compliance software under the eQuip brand, with more than 35,000 users. Together, Stradinger says, the two companies have deployed more than 5 million RFID tags. According to Stradinger, the merger will enable the two firms to increase their investment in software and tag development, as well as "improve our understanding of the end-user experience by bringing in a former eQuip user as an investor, and leverage our mutual relationships in the oil and gas industry." The new InfoChip LP has offices in Houston, Texas; Lethbridge, AB, Canada; and Liberty, Mo. The merger also enables InfoChip to hire additional software developers to speed up the implementation of its product roadmap, according to the company.

Chris Gelowitz, formerly the president and CEO of InfoChip Systems, is now the CTO of InfoChip LP, while Jim Stradinger, Holland RFID's former president, is now InfoChip LP's VP of sales. Stradinger says that the newly formed firm has an international portfolio of customers in the oil and gas, lifting and rigging, drill pipe, construction, valve, mining, and hose industries. Its product lineup includes a variety of ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) and high-frequency (HF) passive RFID tags for on-, in-, or near-metal applications and other harsh environments.

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