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RFID News Roundup

SML RFID Announces Seven New RFID Inlays for Retail Inventory ••• U Grok It, tagMonkey Offer Joint RFID Solution for Small, Midsize Companies ••• Trimble’s ThingMagic Sargas Low-Profile RFID Reader Now Shipping ••• Confidex Intros Bolt-On UHF RFID Tag With Impinj Chip ••• L'Oréal RFID-enabled UV Skin Sensor Now Available.
By Beth Bacheldor
Aug 18, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: SML RFID; U Grok It, tagMonkey; Trimble, ThingMagic; Confidex, Impinj; and L'Oréal.

SML RFID Announces Seven New RFID Inlays for Retail Inventory

RFID technology and brand identification solution provider SML RFID has announced seven new RFID inlays designed for managing goods in the retail supply chain. The new inlays have been customized to fit the size, performance and requirements for use on small cosmetics, polybagged apparel and accessories, as well as other types of merchandise, according to SML RFID.

The GB11uU7, made with a Ucode 7 chip, measures 14 millimeters by 14 millimeters.
Three of the new inlays are certified by the Auburn University RFID Lab’s ARC testing program. The other four inlays are developed for a variety of special use cases, including cosmetics, wine bottles, books, furniture and apparel, SML RFID says.

The GB9R6, made with an Impinj Monza R6 chip, measures 95 millimeters by 8 millimeters and is designed for difficult-to-tag or high-detuning materials such as cardboard and plastics. It has passed all ARC spec categories, as set by GS1, according to SML RFID. The Maze U7, made with NXP Semiconductors’ Ucode 7 chip, measures 68 millimeters by 14 millimeters and was upgraded for enhanced performance and meets ARC spec’s A, B, D, F, G, K, N and Q categories for use throughout the supply chain, SML RFID says. GB4MuU7, also made with a Ucode 7 chip, measures 43 millimeters by 16 millimeters, meets ARC spec’s A, B, D, G, M and Q for tagging of multiple apparel items, and was designed with a smaller form factor to be used on apparel items ranging from denim to ladies’ undergarments.

The GB14R6 inlay, made with an Impinj Monza R6 chip, measures 76 millimeters by 6 millimeters, and is designed for dense population environments, covering a variety of supply chain categories including cosmetics, wine bottles, books, furniture and apparel. The GB6, GB11uU7 and GB8H4 are all specifically designed to fit cosmetic products such as eye liner and lipsticks. The GB11uU7, made with a Ucode 7 chip, measures 14 millimeters by 14 millimeters. The GB6, available with a Monza R6 chip or a Ucode 7 chip, measures 30 millimeters by 15 millimeters, and the GB8H4, containing Alien Technology’s Higgs 4 chip, measures 64 millimeters by 6 millimeters.

SML can incorporate the new RFID inlays into all types of labels and hangtags, including SML’s multicolor, high-resolution RFID integrated hangtags, the company says. These are offset printed and digitally imprinted RFID hangtags that can be delivered within 10 business days from any of SML’s 17 globally located service bureaus, with the RFID inlay embedded inside. The inlays also will be offered in less expensive flexographic and thermal print labels and hangtags, the company says. In addition, the inlays can be also incorporated into SML’s sewn-in fabric labels.

SML’s suite of RFID technology includes software, professional services, RFID tags and labels. With its global network of service bureau locations worldwide, SML says it can deliver a variety of printed and encoded RFID tags and labels to meet brand owners’ specifications, and do so close to the manufacturing source to improve speed to market.

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