"The labels are designed to enable end-to-end data acquisition on metal containers, ESD boxes and other large metal components across the supply chain," the company says. "Easy on-site thermal printing and programming, and fast self-adhesive application make it possible to equip inventory items with RFID tags in an automatic, low-cost process."
The new RFID labels include ((rfid))-DistaFerr ESD, which is designed for optimum reading range on ESD materials; ((rfid))-DistaFerr SL (UHF), for customized RFID application on metal; ((rfid))-DistaFerr HighTemp, which are heat-resistant RFID labels for metal; and ((rfid))-IdPlate NFC, smartphone-based maintenance and service.
Due to its composition, the ((rfid))-DistaFerr ESD label – even in very small sizes of 48 x 23 mm and 69 x 15 mm and a thickness of 1.5 mm – delivers a long read range despite the presence of conductive material with high graphite content. The label enables bulk reading of containers stacked on pallets or forklifts, which reduces the need for manual in-process work and increases flow efficiency. Automatic bulk reading of empty containers and end-to-end documentation of cleaning cycles are possible as well.
The ((rfid))-DistaFerr SL label is particularly well suited for identification of metallic components in production, automotive engineering and general industrial uses. The flexible and thin construction makes it possible to use the label on assembly components and metal containers. For customized applications, the ((rfid))-DistaFerr SL label can be programmed and provided with barcodes, human-readable text or logos. With a size of 22.5 mm x 50 mm the RFID label achieves a read range of up to four meters. The label can be programmed and printed on site using a TTR printer and is immediately applied in the process by hand or an automatic dispensing system.
The ((rfid))-DistaFerr HighTemp label guarantees reliable data reading with a range of approximately two meters even at high temperatures and directly on metal. "In many industrial processes, metallic objects are subjected to high-temperature cycles, such as painting, drying or testing. This makes it more difficult to provide the products with self-adhesive RFID solutions for automatic identification," the company says. The RFID labels resist temperatures of up to 230 °C in several cycles. The label size is smaller than that of standard UHF labels and the label operates with a frequency of 868 MHz.
The new ((rfid))-IdPlate NFC combines a nameplate label or service tag with NFC technology and is functional on all metallic or non-metallic substrates. Service personnel, for instance, using customized software or apps, can scan the label on location and view the service parameters. New and updated data can be written to the chip and supplemented as needed. This aims to help companies create a service history for much higher transparency of completed actions. In addition, further information for personnel or consumers is available via a link to a website.