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RFID News Roundup

Fujitsu announces ultra-thin washable UHF RFID tag for fashion apparel, accessories ••• Altova launches cross-platform mobile development framework with NFC features ••• CDO's asset-tracking solution supports AsReader's UHF RFID reader-writers ••• MSS Software expands client solutions with RFID asset-tracking capabilities ••• Zebra Technologies intros large-format, direct-to-card printer ••• Murata Americas releases three-axis MEMS accelerometers ••• Xerafy receives Frost & Sullivan New Product Innovation Award.
By Rich Handley
May 18, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Fujitsu Frontech North America; Altova; CDO Technologies, AsReader; MSS Software; Zebra Technologies; Murata Americas; Xerafy, and Frost & Sullivan.

Fujitsu Announces Ultra-Thin Washable UHF RFID Tag for Fashion Apparel, Accessories

Fujitsu Frontech North America has announced that it has developed what it calls the thinnest UHF RFID tag for high-fashion apparel, garments and accessories. The new WT-A533L washable UHF RFID Fashion tag mini measures only 7 millimeters in width, enabling fashion apparel manufacturers and garment rental companies to easily insert the tag into garments and high-fashion items without using a pouch or heat-seal tape.

Using an RFID tag in fashion items assures trackability, reduces loss and provides positive item identification, according to the company. Fujitsu showcased the WT-A533L Fashion Tag mini, along with its entire family of washable RFID tags, at RFID Journal LIVE! 2017, held earlier this month in Phoenix, Ariz.

Fujitsu's WT-A533L washable UHF RFID Fashion tag mini
"Tracking fashion garments, formalwear, and accessories is critical to a successful garment rental enterprise. The new, slimmer, Fashion tag mini allows tags to be easily attached to existing inventory items providing greater flexibility and lower costs for upgrading garments and accessories," said Randy Fox, Fujitsu Frontech North America's VP of sales and marketing, in a prepared statement. "Fashion garment designers and manufacturers will benefit from its small, almost imperceptible design allowing them to provide positive identification of their high value items while reducing incidents of loss and return fraud."

The new WT-A533L Fashion tag mini is manufactured with transparent materials, the company reports, which makes it virtually invisible when sewn into clothing or accessories. Measuring only 7 millimeters by 55 millimeters by 0.3 millimeter, the Fashion tag mini can easily be sewn into sheer garments, lace, silks, formalwear, T-shirts and accessories. The new tag is designed for permanent installation into high-value fashion apparel, the company adds, and is safe for home washing, dry-cleaning and ironing. Fujitsu expects the tag to become production-available this summer.

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