RFID tags

Avoid these 6 common pitfalls and gotchas of RFID implementation

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is fun! It’s exciting! It definitely has the “wow” factor. However, before jumping straight into the deep end with RFID it’s important to think through the application and come up with a detailed objective and implementation plan to help avoid some unfortunate issues that may raise their ugly head. Understanding these common pitfalls and gotchas can help users avoid them. Here are six issues we commonly see when users are having difficulties with their RFID installation.

Just How Durable are Metalcraft RFID Tags? 

Durable - the term itself can be misleading. Many companies claim to have durable products, but what does that really mean to a customer? To show what Metalcraft means by durable labels, we had ours tested by Assured Testing Service, an accredited, independent materials testing laboratory, in a variety of demanding tests done to strict industry standards. The results for each test are summarized below. 

Metalcraft Announces DuraDestruct RFID Tags For Security Applications

Metalcraft introduced tamper proof DuraDestruct RFID tags for applications needing long read range with durable, secure identity. The tags strengthen RFID access control, supply chain, asset tracking and authentication with the assurance that tags cannot be transferred. Samples are available via idplate.com today.

How Are RFID Tags Made?

RFID is an acronym for “radio frequency identification” and it has been in use since the early 1940s. RFID has come a long way  - the technology has improved year over year and the cost of implementing and using RFID has dropped considerably.

RFID refers to a technology in which digital data encoded in RFID tags is captured by a reader through radio waves. These tags are a cost-effective and efficient way to automatically and uniquely identify and track inventory and physical assets.

RFID Technology Offers Many Benefits

If you own a business or even if you’re in charge of a certain unit within an enterprise, you probably want to know what and how many assets are there, where are they located, who is using them, etc. How many times a year do you count your inventory? Once? Maybe twice? And how accurate do you think it is?

Asset tracking is essential for any business and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) can often be the perfect way to count that inventory.

Understanding Differences Between RFID Labels

Modern RFID labels these days are often referring specifically designed and maufactured RFID adhesive backed tags or stickers.

In each RFID tag is a chip, antenna and usually the material those items are adhered to, these three items are often referred to as the inlay. RFID tags and labels incorporate the inlays into the tag construction during the converting process adding additional materials for protection and functionality along with print and graphics to help identify, match and, perhaps, brand the the tag for the company for which they were produced.