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By Beth Bacheldor

Smartrac Announces Thin On-Metal RFID Label, New Laundry Tag

Smartrac's new Laundry tag
Smartrac has announced two new RFID tags: an on-metal ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tag that measures just 600 micrometers in thickness, and a new smaller, industry-compliant laundry tag. The On-Metal Tag is intended for tagging metal objects and surfaces, as well as challenging non-metal objects, and is suitable for industrial steel pallets, automotive parts, paint pails and other similar items, according to Smartrac. Measuring 98 millimeters by 43 millimeters (3.86 inches by 1.69 inches) in length and width, the tag supports the EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6C standards, leverages Impinj's Monza 4QT integrated circuit supporting 128 bits of Electronic Product Code (EPC) memory and 512 bits of user memory, and can be printed and encoded onsite using standard RFID printers.

The new On-Metal Tag is made of white polyethylene terephthalate (PET), Smartrac reports, making it thin, soft and flexible, so it can be affixed to curved and flat surfaces. The tag has a read-range of up to 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) and is available in versions designed for the ETSI (for Europe) and FCC (for America and Asia) frequency bands. The product is delivered in wet format on a single-row, 500-unit reel, with reliable adhesion for demanding surfaces, Smartrac reports. In addition, the tag is compliant with the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management specifications.

Smartrac's thin On-Metal tag
The new Smartrac Laundry Tag, Smartrac indicates, is designed for the rough environmental conditions encountered in the laundry-management industry, featuring a polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) housing to withstand water immersion, high temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius (392 degrees Fahrenheit), pressure and chemicals. Made with EM Microelectronic's EM4033 chip supporting the ISO 15693 and ISO 18000-3 standards, the new 13.56 MHz tag measures 16.1 millimeters (0.63 inch) thick and has a 64-bit unique identifier (UID).

The laundry tag is equipped with an anti-collision feature so individual tags can be read even when multiple tagged garments are stacked together tightly, Smartrac reports. It has a read distance of up to 70 millimeters (2.8 inches) within the HF frequency band, and can be sewn into linen sheets, garments and other laundry items.

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