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Radio Frequency IDentification, or RFID, is a technology used to identify, track and trace objects using radio waves. RFID enables significant improvements in tracking, authentication, access and data capture, in both existing and new applications.

RFID solutions provide significant benefits:

  • End-to-end track and trace capabilities reduce counterfeiting, theft, billing disputes and charge-back fees while protecting the brand
  • Real-time, automated data capture reveals opportunities for process improvement, increased efficiency and cost control opportunities
  • Specific data such as manufacturing location; ship date, lot number, etc. is associated with the individual product, cartons and/or pallets supporting simpler and more effective recall or product tracking processes
  • Elimination of line-of-sight, position or quality requirements of the product and/or product labeling; manual data entry and operator error plus increased read range enables faster, more accurate inventory management
  • Just-in-time inventory resupply, from manufacturing through distribution to point of sale reduces costs and out-of-stocks, increases inventory turn and creates higher customer satisfaction

LabelTech Limburg B.V. helps customers enable improvements in tracking, authentication, access and data capture applications such as:

  • Supply chain, inventory and logistics
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare
  • Library, media, documents and files
  • Contactless cards and tickets
  • Industrial and manufacturing
  • Brand protection and product authentication
  • Apparel and other item-level retail

What is RFID?

  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method that stores and remotely retrieves data via an RFID tag or transponder.
  • An RFID programmer encodes information onto a tiny microchip within a thin RFID tag that looks much like a normal pressure-sensitive carton label.
  • This tag is attached to a carton as it begins its supply chain journey from manufacturing plant to retailer

How does RFID work?

  • RFID readers that work on the same protocol as the tag are distributed at key points throughout the supply chain. These readers activate the tag, causing it to broadcast high frequency radio waves within bandwidths reserved for RFID usage by individual governments. These radio waves transmit identifiers or codes that reference unique information about products inside the carton.
  • Readers relay the codes to a host computer as the carton passes through an RFID portal or moves along a conveyor anywhere in the supply chain.
  • The computer parses this information and makes it readily available to anyone who needs to know where a product is at any given moment.

What benefits does RFID have over barcodes?

Another important difference is that RFID is a read/write technology. So if desired the data can be written (or programmed) after it has been attached to the product. This offers a higher level of flexibility to track and update the data as the product goes through the supply chain, into the end use application or beyond.

  • Bar Code labels must be seen to be read.
  • RFID Labels or Tags do not have to be seen to be read.
  • Bar Code labels may not be readable if they are incomplete or dirty.
  • RFID Label or Tag integrity is maintained as it is underneath the actual label, inserted within the packaging or incased in a durable material.
  • Bar Code labels must be placed on the outside of the product/packaging.
  • Each RFID Label or Tag can be read even when multiple tagged products are sealed inside a carton (for example).
  • Bar codes must be orientated on the product/packaging so the bar code is in- line with the scanner.
  • RFID Labels and Tags are often orientation-insensitive, meaning the tagged item not only does not have to be seen to be read, can be in any orientation.
  • Bar Code labels provide only one ID for each package of a carton, pallet or individual package of a product – for example: a 12 ounce bottle of your favorite soda will have the same bar code on every 12 ounce bottle of that same soda.
  • RFID Labels and Tags provide a unique ID for each and every product and can be associated with individual information such as the manufacturing location; date shipped, lot number, etc.
  • Bar Code labels are printed, or written, once and cannot be changed at any time throughout the supply chain without another bar code label attached over the original label.
  • RFID Labels and Tags provide read/write technology. The data can be written (or programmed) can be changed or updated at any time in the supply chain and even into the end use application or beyond.
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