Selecting the Right RFID Labels and Tags
Labels and tags come in hundreds of different shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. We understand that selecting the right labels and tags for your application and environment can be challenging. That’s where RFID Pros comes in, we have years of expertise in selecting the right RFID labels and tags for a variety of different applications and industries.
RFID Labels and Tags
Passive RFID tags can be as small as 0.3mm and operate without a battery. Instead, theses tags communicate with radio waves that are emitted from readers. Readers and passive tags can communicate within 20 feet. Additionally, there are semi-passive tags that use a battery and power from RFID readers.
Active tags, or transponders, are battery powered and can communicate within 100 feet. These larger, more expensive tags have a greater capacity for product data and are well-suited for tracking expensive assets.
Generally, we use passive UHF (902-928 MHz) RFID Class-1 Generation-2 (“Gen-2”) tags.
“Class-1” refers to the functionality of the tag while “Gen-2” refers to the physical and logical standards of tag and the encompassing system. These standards are maintained by EPCglobal. “Gen-2” standards were adopted in December of 2004. Commonly known as 915, gen2 or UHF tags
Factors to Consider when Selecting RFID Labels and Tags
There are certain factors that will have an effect on what type of labels and tags you should use. The different types of tags one would use is determined by what item is being tracked and the material of the tag. Additionally, the environment where the tag is being used will determine the type of label or tag selected. A few factors that affect RFID read performance include:
- Inlay size – a larger RFID inlay gives your longer read ranges.
- Reader type – handheld, fixed, and overhead readers often perform differently and serve different use cases.
- Material surface and environment – surface of the material, such as corrugated box, wood, glass, plastic, metal, etc, as well as how densely items are stacked, or what is contained within the boxes can affect the read range.
Although there are several factors to account for, there are tags for all types of environments and applications. Whether you need labels and tags for warehousing, retail, manufacturing, or another industry entirely, RFID Pros can help find the right labels and tags for you.