At the Kirk-Rudy booth, General Manager Bob Mills demonstrated their new RFID hang-tag encoder capable of encoding 75,000 hang-tags an hour. Kirk-Rudy is a designer and manufacturer of machine equipment, and their focus is printing and packaging.
Through a partnership with Impinj, Kirk-Rudy developed the high-speed RFID tag encoder. The machine reads the hang-tags UPC and chip ID, then applies that through serialization onto the chip.
The process starts when the card feeder sends the RFID tags into the machine. A camera located at the start of the processing line reads the UPC, then the first of four RFID antennas reads the chip ID. The next two antennas encode the hang-tags, while the last antenna serves as validation.
RFID hang-tags are typically used for apparel in retail environments and assist businesses by increasing accuracy and efficiency of tracking stock. The hang-tags in the video use a SMARTRAC RFID inlay.
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