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By Beth Bacheldor

Metalcraft Expands RFID Label Service

Metalcraft has announced that it has expanded its RFID converting and programming capabilities, and that it anticipates more than doubling its capacity to deliver RFID products in 2016. The company said it expects that the investment in new equipment and expanded staffing will reduce lead times on orders, while maintaining flexibility with custom RFID product designs.

Metalcraft has added its new Viper model to its family of converting equipment, which also includes the Predator, Crusader and Raptor. The Viper, the company explains, is a custom DeltaModTech machine that allows fast, accurate converting, including two-sided, variable labels and tags. Voyantic's latest Tagsurance unit verifies and ensures RFID tag quality, Metalcraft reports, and a new shingling conveyer offloads singular parts quickly.

The Viper converting system
"The machine was designed with flexibility in mind," says Dean Hanson, Metalcraft's senior VP of manufacturing, "to allow us to now only produce all of our current RFID products more effectively, but to also position us well for future designs and growth." The machine, which supports a maximum web width of 10 inches, features an island placement station that can be repositioned to various locations on the machine for added flexibility. "This station allows us to accurately place the RFID inlay on the web during our converting process," Hanson explains. "There are 13 die stations and 16 material and take-up spindles. The machine also features a variety of bull nose options that help us produce two-sided labels and tags. In addition, we will continually monitor the RFID tag quality with the latest Voyantic verification unit that can also be placed at any location along the web."

Features of Metalcraft's RFID converting service include subsurface printing of logos, copy, bar codes and other fixed or variable data; full encapsulation of high-frequency (HF) or ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) inlays in polyester, polypropylene, polyethylene or polycarbonate; die cut to a custom size; and customized attachment options, such as hangtags and isolated constructions for mounting to metal surfaces. The service also includes inlay programming for custom data, UPC or Electronic Product Code (EPC) codes with synchronization of the item's printed image and post-programming data verification, as well as double-sided variable printing.

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