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RFID News Roundup

Murata Electronics intros on-metal tool-tracking tag; SATO offers printer capable of encoding RFID labels; Schreiner MediPharm unveils RFID label, supply chain security solutions; STMicroelectronics rolls out system-on-chip for LoRa IoT; Bluebird debuts new IoT RFID products; NFC Forum releases new specifications.
By Rich Handley
Jan 16, 2020

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Murata Electronics; SATO; Schreiner MediPharm; STMicroelectronics; Bluebird; and the NFC Forum.

Murata Electronics Intros On-Metal Tool-Tracking Tag

Murata Electronics has announced its LXTBKZMCMG-010 RFID tag, designed to be placed directly on metal items, such as surgical tools. The solution can be incorporated into any device's tool-tracking system, Murata reports, enabling users to determine a specific item's usage and warranty status, and to assign user accountability. These features are intended to help companies improve loss prevention, reduce the amount of time workers spend searching for tools and provide data analytics.

Measuring 6 millimeters by 2 millimeters by 2.3 millimeters (0.23 inch by 0.08 inch by 0.09 inch), the tag has a read range up to 150 centimeters (59 inches) and covers the UHF frequency band range of 865 to 928 MHz. This allows for multiple items to be read simultaneously, the company explains. The tag meets the EPCglobal Gen 2v2 standard and is 100 percent RoHS-compliant, according to the company.

"Murata's ability to continually push the technology envelope and develop advanced products that solve some of the most complex design challenges is evident in this latest solution," said Gerry Hubers, Murata Electronics' business-development manager, in a prepared statement. "Perhaps the most significant benefit that the LXTBKZMCMG-010 delivers is providing critical real-time data analysis to key stakeholders, such as operations, plant managers or technicians in the field."

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