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Primera Technology intros on-demand color RFID label printer ••• JADAK launches four-port UHF RFID finished reader ••• SensThys offers low-priced RFID kit ••• OTI Europa ASEC, Public Transport Authority sign contract in Warsaw ••• WISeKey, Toppan Printing team up to securely connect inert objects to internet ••• Particle acquires RedBear to accelerate IoT innovation ••• Inmarsat finds mining industry must strengthen cybersecurity measures to profit from IoT ••• Cardinal Health survey finds health-care providers cancel surgical cases due to lack of supplies.
By Rich Handley
Apr 05, 2018

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Primera Technology; JADAK; SensThys; OTI Europa ASEC, Warsaw's Public Transport Authority; WISeKey, Toppan Printing; Particle, RedBear; Inmarsat; and Cardinal Health.

Primera Technology Intros On-Demand Color RFID Label Printer

Primera Technology, a designer and manufacturer of specialized digital printers, has announced its RX500 Color RFID Label & Tag Printer. The printer will be showcased at next week's RFID Journal LIVE! 2018 conference and exhibition, to be held in Orlando, Fla.

The RX500 is a full-color on-demand RFID label and tag printer that can encode, verify and print labels in a single pass. Finished labels are then cut with an internal guillotine-style cutter and dispensed one at a time. On-demand printing makes the printer suitable for applications such as visitor or trade-show badges, for which a single label at a time with unique information is required. Batches of many labels or tags at a time can also be encoded and printed.

The built-in UHF RFID reader-encoder module is supplied by Honeywell. It is compliant with the EPC Global Gen 2 Class 1 and ISO 18000-b/c specifications for deployments in real-world applications. Print resolution is available at up to 4,800 dpi, with print speeds of up to 2.5 inches (63.5 millimeters) per second. A single full-color ink cartridge is utilized for ease of replacement in the field, the company reports. The printer weighs 7 pounds (3.2 kilograms) to facilitate transport.

"Printing full-color RFID labels and tags adds a new, value-added feature to the technology," said Mark D. Strobel, Primera's VP of sales and marketing, in a prepared statement. "With RX500, you can add color coding, graphics and high-resolution photos to RFID labels and tags. With color, you're essentially adding an extra layer of accuracy and safety in applications such as medical file folder labels, visitor badges, photo wristbands and specimen tracking labels."

Supported substrates include matte and gloss inkjet papers, vinyl, polypropylene and polyester. Water, smudge and smear resistance is provided via third-generation dye-based inks and the print surfaces of inkjet labels such as Primera's TuffCoat microporous labels. According to the company, UHF inlays from most major RFID companies can be encoded.

The RX500 color RFID printers are now available from Primera's website, as well as through its authorized resellers and distributors worldwide, priced at $2,495. Sample printed and encoded labels are available upon request for evaluation and pilot programs.

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