Custom RFID Tags to Automagically Track Your Assets, Inventory, Livestock, and People
Improve your asset visibility, utilization, and traceability with custom RFID labels, capable of storing as much information as you need. In addition to their support for superior reading distances and being cost-efficient, our RFID tags are easily applicable to and embeddable into your applications. Built to last years in even the most rugged use, our RFID tags bring true automation to your asset identification, data capturing, and tracking.
How Do RFID Labels Work?
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags — also called RFID labels, smart labels, and RFID chips — are electronic tags that use radio waves to share the data they carry with the tag reader.
Here, you don't need a person to hold a tag reader in front of the tag to capture the tag's information. The data capturing happens automatically as soon as an RFID tag comes in the read range of an RFID tag reader.
Most RFID tags have two key parts: 1) An integrated circuit or chip that stores and processes the data of the tag, and 2) An antenna that transmits this data via radio waves to the tag reader.
They can be made to store as much or as little information as desired and can be made to work in read ranges of a few meters to several feet.
Whether it's real-time tracking of the heavy-duty assets on the highway or that a retail item a customer returned to the store, RFID tags help you stay on top of your assets at all times.
RFID tags are of two types: Active RFID tags and Passive RFID tags.
Active RFID tags are the tags that carry their own power source, i.e., a battery. They come with a long read range and continuously broadcast their signals.
Passive RFID tags are the tags that don't carry their own power source. They draw their power from the tag reader when they come in its reading range. They broadcast their signals only when they come in the reading range of a reader.
Each RFID type supports a different range of frequencies and reading distances, and a different set of use cases.
New-gen Custom RFID That Offer Maximum Performance, Durability, And Cost-effectiveness
Based on its use case (mainly its application and operating conditions), an RFID tag needs a host of features built into it.
Also, depending on how you want to use your RFID tags, you might need them to work seamlessly alongside barcode labels, offer resistance to UV radiation, or withstand high temperatures.
At CleanMark Labels, over the last many years, we've made RFID tags that have done as much as our clients needed and much more. That too while lasting for years in demanding conditions and being right on budget.
We've helped companies that needed cost-effective:
RFID tags that can track metal pallets
RFID tags that can track wooden pallets
RFID tags that work in high temperature
RFID tags that are heat resistant
RFID tags that work in hard environments
RFID tags that are resistant to water or waterproof
RFID tags that have sensors (temperature sensors, for example)
RFID tags that work for metal surfaces
RFID tags that work through or can be read through metal surfaces (and still support a good read range)
RFID tags that are reusable
RFID tags be reprogrammed/rewritable (popular with the hospitality industry where hotels can rewrite cards for each new guest)
RFID tags that are the read/write type
RFID tags that are GPS-enabled
RFID tags that work long range
RFID tags that are serialized (or have a serial number)
RFID tags that work with barcodes
RFID tags that have a good memory
RFID tags built with the Nano technology (a.k.a. Nano RFID tags)
Custom RFID Tags That Support Privacy And Security (By Design)
We can't talk about RFID tags without talking about the privacy and security questions that often cloud them.
And at CleanMark Labels, we don't believe in glossing over such stuff.
Often businesses that are considering using RFID tags approach us and share their concerns with us. They ask us many questions around security and privacy.
"Are RFID tags safe?" or "Can they be hacked or duplicated/cloned?"
At other times, RFID tags and their privacy issues are their top concern. Objections like this one make it clear: "Are RFID tags privacy intrusive?"
Now, because RFID tags communicate their data via radio waves and usually support good read ranges, they can be read by multiple RFID readers in the vicinity. Mind you, sometimes, some of these RFID tag readers might be unauthorized to read the tag data.
Also, because RFID tags contain a lot of data, some of which may be personal, they can cause privacy concerns as well.
Both of these are valid and critical concerns. But they're both been increasingly addressed.
Today, RFID tags can be made secure with features like advanced cryptography to control access. And privacy concerns are being taken care of by the latest regulations on RFID labeling. For example, many laws now need you to disclose to the consumers if their asset has an RFID tag embedded into it.
With these security and privacy measures in place, the RFID tagging applications are only going to grow.
And you can, in fact, use them securely while maintaining your data integrity and in a privacy-friendly way ensuring your end users' utmost privacy.
Custom RFID Tags Engineered From Scratch To Meet Your Logistics, Usage, And Compliance Needs
RFID tags used for fleet management and bulk cargo are way different from the RFID tags used in healthcare. The first one could be made of metal (to endure the harshest environments) while the second type might need to be biocompatible.
Likewise, the RFID tags used by a retail business are different from the RFID tags used in automotives. For instance, the former might need a compliance sticker that says "RFID technology used for tracking." There might also be a need to let the users tear off a part of the label once they've decided to retain their product. The latter, on the other hand, might be used to ease the assembly of the product and would need tags that stay on the spare parts or the customizable parts permanently (or for many years).
As you can understand, the use cases for RFID labels vary greatly from industry to industry and application to application.
And so our RFID tag experts will work closely with you to come up with your custom RFID tags that are optimized for your needs. Designed for a long shelf life, our custom RFID labels stick to or embed well and perform consistently, no matter what the application or industry is.
The Different Industries Where You Could Use Our RFID Labels
RFID labels are getting increasingly mainstream in every industry, from fleet management to commercial laundry businesses.
And they're being used for every conceivable purpose, right from tracking patients of a hospital, employees of a company, to the inmates of a jail.
Here are some industries where RFID labels are already seeing major adoption:
Defense & Military Equipment
Exercise & Sports Equipment
Appliances & Electronics
Branding & Promotional Materials
here's a quick look at a select few applications of RFID tags across popular industries
RFID Tags In Healthcare
Right from tracking patients to monitoring medical equipments and supplies, RFID tags find many applications in the healthcare industry. From being affixed to the wristbands of patients to the cases of medical devices, medicines, and general stock, RFID tags allow healthcare organizations to offer better patient care (by pulling up their medical details within seconds) and optimize their supplies (by eliminating over/under stocking situations).
RFID Tags For Laundries
Washable RFID labels are very popular with the laundry industry. Often sewn into the seam or hem of a clothing or tucked in as a button, these waterproof RFID tags for clothes withstand multiple washing cycles and help keep track of the garments. These are made especially to work with linen and are a go-to option for commercial laundries as well hospitals, hotels, and other similar industries.
RFID Tags For Jewelry & Valuable Items
The RFID tags for jewelry and valuable items helps mainly with theft control. If there's an unauthorized attempt to move an RFID tagged item outside the inventory or store premises, alarms get triggered. Jewelry RFID tags are often made thin and sleek so they don't affect the overall actual esthetics of the item and are usually made reusable.
RFID Tags In Retail, Inventory Management, And Logistics
RFID tags enables these industries to track their items speedily and automatically. As reading and capturing data from an RFID tag doesn't need manual intervention, the scanning and logging work happens quickly.
RFID tags don't just eliminate labor costs across the different distribution centers but also eliminates a lot of the manual errors.
Inventory check-ins, audits, verification happens within minutes and with a few scans.
Optimizing asset inventory and minimizing thefts and losses are the other benefits RFID tags bring to these industries.
Besides, when used in stores and supermarkets, these RFID tags enable fast checkouts as multiple items can be scanned instantly (thus facilitating quick billing).
RFID Tags For Cattle/Livestock
RFID tags take cattle and livestock identification and tracking to a whole new level. From easily identifying them to tracking their location in real-time, the RFID tags meant for such cattle and livestock tracking are designed for rugged usage and support a wide reading distance. They can be either be affixed to the cattle — for example, to their ear or leg — or can be injectable/embeddable.
Cleanmark Stickology™ Series: RFID Labels
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