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Datamars releases UHF RFID transponder for industrial laundry ••• STMicroelectronics issues NFC reader, kit for contactless applications ••• Elatec proximity reader combines RFID, NFC and Bluetooth functionalities ••• GAO RFID produces smart cabinet checkout system ••• NXP, Canonical to demo IoT gateways at Embedded World ••• CEL unveils article for IOT design engineers.
By Rich Handley
Mar 16, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Datamars; STMicroelectronics; Elatec; GAO RFID; NXP Semiconductors, Canonical; and CEL.

Datamars Releases UHF RFID Transponder for Industrial Laundry

Datamars, a supplier of unique-identification solutions specializing in radio frequency identification, has announced the release of a new ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID transponder. The LaundryChip 401 is the latest addition to Datamars' LaundryChip family, a transponder line specifically designed for the industrial laundry sector.

"Nowadays, our customers—industrial laundries, textiles rental companies, hospitals and hospitality chains—need transponders not only able to endure the harshest industrial laundry conditions but also as small as possible in order to easily embed them in the finest flat linen and garment items," said Mr. Riccardo Mazzolini, Datamars' textile ID general manager, in a prepared statement. "We have responded by introducing our slimmest UHF transponder ever, keeping, and even improving, the mechanical resistance and best-in-class electronic performance that characterizes our LaundryChip family."

Datamars' LaundryChip 401
Compared to Datamars' 301 UHF transponder line, the thickness has been halved for the 401, and its width has been reduced by 33 percent. The transponder complies with the ISO 18000-6C standard and is resistant to high temperatures. It can endure up to 60 bar of pressure, is built to withstand the harsh conditions of laundry environments, and is capable of bulk-reading thousands of pieces and being read from distances of up to 6 meters (19 feet).

Soft, flexible and slim, the transponder can be inserted into small, flat linen items, such as pillowcases or napkins, as well as into fine garments. Its small size enables a new set of applications, the company reports, ranging from tracking luxury linens to identifying private garments. The LaundryChip 401 is available in three versions, depending on the application method: 401 Source Tagging (to be inserted directly into a hem), 401 Patchable (heat-sealable) and 401 In Pouch. Furthermore, it is laser-markable with an Electronic Product Code (EPC).

"The launch of this next generation transponder family is another important milestone for Datamars," said Julien Buros, Datamars' textile ID product and services director, in the prepared statement. "The 401 achieves a drastic reduction of physical dimensions while reading performance reaches new heights, especially in high density bulk. The 401 completes our high-performance UHF LaundryChip portfolio, widely enlarging its use in both the flat linen and the garment segments. Slimmer and stronger than ever, it can be embedded in every kind of textile and meets every kind of application requirement."

The new transponder will begin shipping in May 2017.

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