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RFID News Roundup

Fox IV introduces new RFID printer-applicator ••• Imagotag announces multimillion-euro ESL contract with international retailer ••• Cisco, Identiv collaborate on RFID-enabled physical access security ••• Gimbal, PlaceWise Media partner on beacons and apps for retailers ••• Beacon, IoT adoption by airlines set to soar, new SITA report finds ••• AIM creates new committee to promote track and trace for the food industry.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jun 25, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Fox IV Technologies; Imagotag; Cisco, Identiv; SITA; Gimbal, PlaceWise Media; and AIM.

Fox IV Introduces New RFID Printer-Applicator

Fox IV Technologies has announced a new addition to its range of RFID printer-applicators, known as the SR2143LR, for the encoding, printing and application of high-frequency (HF) and ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID labels. The new printer-applicator is built using a Datamax-O'Neil M-Class Mark II printer, and is able to generate HF and UHF RFID labels in an array of label sizes, media and inlay designs.

Fox IV's SR2143LR RFID printer-applicator
The device features integrated auto calibration and short-pitch encoding. For HF RFID, the SR2143LR complies with the ISO 15693 standard, and for UHF RFID, it complies with the EPC Gen 1 and Gen 2 standards. The modular design means that the entire assembly can be removed and replaced or upgraded as necessary. According to Fox IV, the print engine and ribbon assembly are separate, removable modules. Additionally, the company reports, a variety of applicator assembly options for applying the label to the product (tamp, tamp-blow, wipe and so forth) are available. The units come with a large-capacity unwind assembly that can hold up to a 16-inch roll of labels or tags—which the company says works well for high throughput and extended production runs.

The new printer-applicator also features the company's Out-of-Spec Tag Handling System to detect out-of-spec tags before they are passed through the supply chain. According to the company, the printer-applicator signals that a tag is out-of-spec or dead, and the signal initiates a process to print "VOID" on the tag and activate the Tag Handling System. From there, the solution allows the label to remain on the label liner by not peeling it at the printer-applicator peel point. Instead, it simply rolls over the peel point and is taken up on the rewind as part of the spent liner. If there are three "bad" tags in a row, the company indicates, the unit goes into fault mode.

Fox IV also manufactures other printer-applicator units incorporating different print engines, including Zebra Technologies' ZE500-4R print module, any of SATO's S84SE print modules, Datamax-O'Neil's A-Class Mark II print module and Avery Dennison's DPM module. All of these are plug-and-play modules that enable the print engine to be easily swapped out. The company also offers a unit with Printronix's T5000r RFID printer-encoder. Each of these models is UHF-only.

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