Avery Dennison, Wiliot, Fedrigoni: RFID News Roundup

Published: July 3, 2024

Avery Dennison Receives ARC Performance Certification for M800 Inlay Design

Avery Dennison has announced AD Burst M830 as the first UHF RFID inlay to achieve Auburn University’s ARC performance certification featuring the Impinj M800 series IC.

In addition, the company has successfully met the 2024/2025 ARC quality requirements for the design and manufacture of RFID inlays and tags. The accolade reflects the standard and performance of Avery Dennison’s expansive inlay portfolio, as well as the company’s commitment to innovation and advancing product development.

Optimized for maximum performance in apparel, general retail and logistics environments, the portfolio features the next-gen Impinj M800 series chip, bringing enhanced performance and scalability to enable global performance for high-speed inventory accuracy, with self-check out and loss prevention capabilities.

“ARC inlay approval is a trusted industry benchmark set to ensure that RFID tags are able to meet or exceed the levels of performance and quality necessary to provide benefit to the end user in a consistent and cost-effective manner,” said Mathieu De Backer, vice president innovation & sustainability, Avery Dennison Smartrac. “We are proud to offer our clients this assurance as we continue to innovate and grow our portfolio to meet their ever-evolving tagging and tracking requirements.”

The globally tuned inlay has been designed to achieve performance in a wide range of apparel, general retail and industrial applications and boasts a slimmed down version of the widely popular and long-standing inlay family, AD Belt. The new design carries a 73 x 13.5mm (2.87 x 0.53in) footprint and is available in multiple delivery formats including dry inlay, wet inlay, and pressure sensitive label.

Wiliot Announces Inaugural Ambient IoT Unplug Fest

Wiliot will be hosting its first-ever Wiliot Ambient IoT Unplug Fest, July 22-23, 2024, in Bentonville, AK, where it will introduce its Wiliot Ambient IoT Certified Product program.

Over both days of the Ambient IoT Unplug Fest, companies will be able to test their products in a lab setting to verify compatibility and performance with ambient IoT network bridges, gateways, and more across multiple generations of ambient IoT Pixels and sensors. Ambient IoT Certification will be granted to products and solutions that pass rigorous interoperability testing.

“As we move from a high-labor, high-cost auto-ID reader infrastructure to a pervasive low-labor, low-cost sensing infrastructure, products certified for ambient IoT interoperability will be critical,” said Dotan Ziv, general manager of Wiliot’s Network business. “As a driving force behind ambient IoT, Wiliot is proud to take on these earliest efforts at product certification, but we know it takes the whole industry to capitalize on emerging market demand.”

Ambient IoT is a battery-free wireless technology being incorporated into leading wireless standards, such as Bluetooth, 5G Advanced, 6G, and Wi-Fi. It allows all types of products to connect to the Internet and exploit the power of artificial intelligence at a fraction of the cost of legacy technologies.

The event is designed to bring together manufacturing partners, interested companies, and technologists that are developing and scaling ambient IoT devices to ensure they reach their full potential. Attendees will gain Insight from Wiliot executives, hands-on access to testing with the next generation of Wiliot smart-tags, dedicated interoperability testing, collaborative knowledge and hands-on sessions and opportunitines to network with other ambient IoT ecosystem players to explore partnerships and go-to-market collaborations.

Attendance at Wiliot Ambient IoT Unplug Fest is complementary. Registration, which closes on June 24, can be found at here.

Fedrigoni Acquires a Majority Stake in RFID Specialist BoingTech

Italian paper and packaging company Fedrigoni has acquired a majority stake in the Chinese company BoingTech, one of the major RFID inlay and tag manufacturers worldwide with operations in China and Malaysia.

The deal sees Fedrigoni expanding further in Asia, after the acquisition of ArjoWiggins China in January. Shanghai Inlay Link will retain a “significant share” in BoingTech, although Fedrigoni will have the right to purchase remaining BoingTech shares in the future.

Maro Nespolo, CEO at Fedrigoni, said the acquisition—the fifth this year for the compmnay– is coherent with our expansion in Asia, where it already has a good presence in terms of manufacturing and distribution footprint.

“The world of RFID is growing rapidly and is increasingly strategic for our group,” said Nespolo. “This deal is a further step to significantly increase our size in the segment RFID inlay manufacturing, as well as widen our ability to partner with our customers, alike converters, printers and system integrators, and meet their needs.”

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