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Universal Tag and Printer Combo Aimed at On-demand Encoding at Industrial Sites
Metalcraft, SATO say their combination of a universal tag and a cloneable printer can make encoding and tagging metal or other material items seamless at factories, warehouses or industrial sites.
Nov 16, 2017—
ID solutions and RFID tag maker Metalcraft and automatic-identification technologies company SATO America have teamed up to offer a solution for printing and encoding on-metal RFID tags. By selling both SATO's industrial thermal printer and Metalcraft's Universal Mini UHF RFID asset tags, the two companies say they are providing an easy solution for printing on-metal tags at manufacturing sites or other locations. The paired products address a growing need for RFID tracking, they add, beyond traditional paper or synthetic tags that adhere to such items as cartons and pallets.
The Universal Mini tag can typically be used for work-in-progress (WIP), inventory control, and fixed or mobile asset tracking. The tag measures 2.75 inches by 0.75 inch, and is composed of 0.02-inch-thick polyester.
Metalcraft had been seeking a printer that could consistently encode its new tags, says Austin Elling, the company's marketing director, and it liked the SATO model. Earlier this year, Metalcraft approached SATO. As a result, both firms now endorse each other's products and will sell them to customers as a solution. The two companies also continue to work with other technology vendors.
There were several reasons why the SATO printer was a good match for the Universal Mini tag, Krause says. When encoding tags, he explains, a typical RFID printer will encode from the bottom of a tag. However, most on-metal tags come with a metal barrier at the bottom to allow for an easy read. That metal barrier makes bottom-up encoding difficult and prone to errors, he adds. The CL4NX can encode from the top of the tag, Krause notes, "which allows the Metalcraft tag to run through the printer and encode without reconstruction of the tag."
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