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Nashua ramps up RFID production with Omega unit

August 1, 2006

AB Graphic International has supplied an Omega 1600 RFID converter for labels to Nashua Corporation’s plant in Tennessee, USA. Nashua has also received a designation from Alien Technologies, an RFID chip supplier, as a preferred converter.

The Omega unit is a system for converting rolls of printed labels with varnishing unit, UV and IR/hot air drying, two diecutting stations, including matrix stripping, and cross-perforating and slitting/rewinding. The de-lamination/re-lamination section with liner compensation includes two label applicators capable of applying RFID, EAS and other inlays. The system includes a lamination unit with carrier rewind configured for unwinding rolls of RFID tags and rewinding of the static liner that can also be used as a standard lamination module.

Nashua provides direct thermal, thermal transfer, laser, and EDP labels to a range of industries including supermarkets, retail, automatic data collection, data processing, and entertainment. Retail accounts for 90 percent of its RFID/EAS production.

“We purchased the Omega RFID converter in order to produce RFID labels on a dedicated line, says Tom Kubis of Nashua. “This is completed with the addition of an off-line dedicated testing unit that verifies the integrity of the RFID inlay prior to shipment. The converting equipment has enabled us to join new business partners and customers throughout North America, such as Alien, that supply RFID inlays. Nashua is now officially an Alien preferred converter.”

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