RFID NFC Label FAQs
time: 2020-02-18 10:08
What printers models are compatible with your RFID labels?
Our labels are tested to work with the following printer models:
What is RFID?
RFID is an acronym for Radio Frequency Identification. It's an automatic identification method that stores and remotely retrieves data from an RFID inlay. Unlike barcodes where the information must be visible to the scanner, RFID inlays are hidden under the facestock of the label.
How does RFID Work?
RFID systems combine two components: an RFID inlay and an RFID reader. The RFID inlay transmits data in the form of radio waves to the reader through its antenna. The reader converts the data and interprets it.
What's an RFID label?
An RFID label is a label with an RFID inlay. This means you can print on them as well as attach RFID technology to packages, products, and more.
What are the components of an RFID label?
RFID labels are composed of an RFID inlay, antenna, facesheet, adhesive, and liner. The inlay is the hardware of the RFID technology. It's made up of a microchip and antenna. The facesheet is the part you see, the adhesive is the tack, and the liner is what keeps your labels from sticking before you're ready to use them.
How are RFID labels encoded and read?
RFID labels are programmed by RFID-enabled printers, printer attachments, or RFID encoders. Special RFID readers are needed to communicate with the inlay. They send radio waves to the antenna and then pass the collected information to the computer for processing.
What's passive RFID?
Passive RFID doesn't have a battery. It operates by converting the RFID reader's radio waves into electricity. It's a common and economical type of RFID.
What does UHF mean?
UHF is an acronym for Ultra High Frequency. It refers to the frequency at which the RFID reader operates and reads the RFID labels. UHF RFID labels can be operated from farther distances and transmit data faster.
What does EPC mean?
EPC is an acronym for Electronic Product Code. It's specific to one individual object and therefore is commonly used to distinguish identical items.
What are the differences between UPC and EPC?
UPC is an acronym for Universal Product Code. UPCs are used for distinguishing categories whereas EPCs track and identify individual objects. EPC is an acronym for Electronic Product Code.
What are the differences between RFID labels and barcodes?
RFID labels can be read through packaging and/or at a distance whereas barcodes need to be seen to be scanned. RFID labels can be encoded with information multiple times, barcodes can only be printed on once. Overall, RFID labels offer more flexibility and specificity for tracking individual items.