- Flexible, Cheaper RFID Converting Machine Released
Label converting company Worldlabel is now selling an RFID smart label converting machine for the first time. Worldlabel and TÜV SÜD PSB Group co-developed the new Infinity V1 smart label converting machine, which can accommodate a wide range of inlay types and sizes and label media up to 21 inches wide.
- RFID-Enabled Cart Set to Provide Shoppers With Product Info, Ads
Two grocery retailers, one on the East Coast and a second in the Dallas area, are expected to begin testing the system in a retail setting.
- Polymer Electronics Consortium Inches Closer to Its Goal
By the end of 2007, European consortium PolyApply expects to finish the working prototype of a semi-printed polymer RFID tag.
- Zebra Acquires Active RFID Provider WhereNet
Specialty printer solution provider Zebra Technologies has entered the active RFID market by acquiring real-time locating systems (RTLS) technology provider WhereNet for $126 million in a deal announced yesterday.
- Zebra Buys WhereNet
The provider of passive RFID labels and printer-encoders broadens its RFID reach by adding active-tag technology to its product portfolio.
- Pliant and IBM Harness RFID for Tamper Detection
Packaging materials manufacturer Pliant announced the successful trial of a new technology co-developed with IBM that combines Gen2 RFID tags with printable electronics to automatically record if pallet shrink wrap material has been tampered.
- German Meat-Tracking Project Focuses on Lasers and RFID
A group of university researchers are developing a system designed to ensure the freshness of meat distributed throughout the supply chain.
- Frost: Major Growth Ahead for RFID Printer Market
Research firm Frost & Sullivan has released a report with rosy demand predictions for RFID printer-encoders. Pegged at $10.7 million in 2005, the market for RFID printer-encoders will surge in value to $209.3 million in 2012 for a compounded annual growth rate of 53%.
- RFID Journal Announces Keynote Speakers for RFID Journal LIVE! 2007
RFID Journal's fifth annual conference and exhibition, to be held Apr. 30 to May 2, 2007, will feature addresses by Wal-Mart CIO Rollin Ford and Sara Lee CIO George Chappelle.
- Major RFID Innovation for Pharma Item-Level Tagging
Packaging giant O-I has devised a method of embedding RFID inlays into pharmaceutical packaging for each of the four typical pharmaceutical dosage forms: solids, gelcaps, powders, and liquids. In addition, the solution works with either HF or UHF, enabling O-I clients to elect whichever technology best suits their needs.
- Pro-Privacy Tearable RFID Tag Becomes a Reality
IBM has licensed its innovative Clipped Tag technology to label converter Marnlen RFiD, who has already started shipping samples to select end users. According to what Marnlen's vice president of business development Andris Lauris told RFID Update, the tags are ready for immediate production, and the company is taking orders.
- Printronix Field-Upgradeable RFID Printer-Applicator
The company's new applicator encodes, prints and applies bar-code and RFID labels at manufacturing speeds.
- ESLs Are Becoming More Affordable For Retailers
The latest offering from W5 Networks reduces system costs to $3.50 apiece for electronic shelf labels.
- Pfizer's RFID Pilot Is the Start of Something Big
So far, the company has tagged 2.1 million bottles of Viagra, and it plans to continue this effort in 2007.
- PolyIC Announces Printed 13.56 MHz RF Tags
At the Organic Electronics Conference, the company claims it has used a roll-to-roll printing process to create a precursor to printed HF RFID tags, consisting of printed polymer electronic components applied to foil-based antennas.