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Schreiner LogiData unveils tiny UHF label with reading range of up to 1 meter; Century Link RFID intros new tag solution for retail; SafeTech debuts Bluetooth RFID universal door-locking system; RAIN RFID Alliance partners with French National RFID Center, IDTechEx.
By Beth Bacheldor
Aug 27, 2015

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Schreiner LogiData; Century Link RFID; SafeTech Products; the RAIN RFID Alliance, the French National RFID Center, and IDTechEx.

Schreiner LogiData Unveils Tiny UHF Label With Reading Range of Up to 1 Meter

Schreiner LogiData has introduced a new, tiny ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID label for metal substrates. The ((rfid))-DistaFerr Mini is designed for tracking tiny components and objects in such applications as asset management and product labeling. The label allows the automated transmission of production-specific data to a UHF RFID reader integrated in a machine so that it can serve as the communication medium between product and machine, making it suitable for smart factory solutions. The label has a reading range of up to 1 meter (3.3 feet), which the company says is 10 times better than the 5-centimeter to 10-centimeter (2-inch to 4-inch) range of standard high-frequency (HF) solutions used in similar applications.

Schreiner LogiData's ((rfid))-DistaFerr Mini
Measuring 10 millimeters by 50 millimeters by 1.7 millimeters (0.4 inch by 2 inch by 0.07 inch), the ((rfid))-DistaFerr label is currently the smallest UHF RFID label offered for RFID on-metal applications by Schreiner Group's Competence Center, according to the company. The label is only half as wide as the ((rfid))-DistaFerr SL label, which measures 22.5 millimeters by 52 millimeters by 1.7 millimeters (0.9 inch by 2 inches by 0.07 inch), which also adheres to metal. "At present, there isn't a smaller UHF-RFID label for on-metal applications anywhere else in the world," said Frank Linti, Schreiner LogiData's business development manager of RFID, in a prepared statement.

Users can program and print the label individually onsite using a thermal transfer printer-encoder. In the fields of asset management and inventory management, Schreiner LogiData reports, the ((rfid))-DistaFerr Mini label is suitable for a range of applications involving non-metal objects, housings or components, which offer only limited space for an RFID label but require clear identification with a hand scanner.

CenturyLink Introduces Reusable RFID Tag Solution for Retail

The RFID Finger
Chinese RFID developer, manufacturer and supplier Century Link RFID, a wholly owned subsidiary of Century Group, has announced its RFID Finger, an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 RFID tag on a flexible lanyard. The RFID Finger is an electronic article surveillance (EAS) tag designed for use on a variety of retail items, such as garments, shoes, purses, sporting goods, appliances or housewares. According to the company, it provides retailers with options for loss prevention and inventory visibility.

The RFID Finger is reusable, can easily be attached to a variety of items via a locking pin mechanism integrated into the lanyard, and does not require any additional fixture accessories. It has a read range of up to 2 meters (6.6 feet) when used with a handheld reader, according to Century Link RFID. In addition to an RFID version, the firm offers an RFID plus RF/AM model that supports both RFID and acousto-magnetic (AM) technologies. Acoustic-magnetic systems use gates at exits that emit tonal bursts at about 58 kHz, causing magnetic material in the tags to resonate. When an EAS tag is not deactivated, receivers at the gates pick up its signal and sound an alarm.

Available now, the RFID Finger is compatible with standard RFID and AM EAS systems, according to Century Link RFID.

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