Custom RFID Tags
Custom RFID Tags and Labels That Are
Printed, Programmed, and Built to Exact Specifications
Standard tagging and labeling solutions are fully personalized for each RFID system, to the exact specifications of the critical assets, equipment, and inventory they are tracking.
And for unique requirements and features, it is also possible to custom build a tagging solution.
HOW TO PRINT RFID LABELS?
RFID labels, stickers, and wet inlays are available that are specifically designed to be laser printed on-site, at scale.
The printable RFID labels can feature:
Readable identifications, such as serial numbers, text, custom colors, logos
Optical identifications, for instance: Barcodes, QR Codes
Leading Industrial RFID printers from SATO, Zebra, Postek... allow for thermal transfer printing, and can encode the labels at the same time.
Printing RFID labels can be done in the field, or be taken care of by the Service Bureau of the manufacturer or distributor.
HOW TO MARK HARD TAGS?
Custom asset tags are customized using physical markings to feature an asset identification number, a barcode, or a logo for instance.
The choice of a marking method will depend on the level of durability required, as well as on the material used for the tag’s case, to suit every use case:
Painting or silk printing
Laser marking / etching
Custom asset tags can be custom marked in the field, or be taken care of by the Service Bureau of the manufacturer or distributor.
WHAT IS RFID TAGS PROGRAMMING?
Programmable RFID tags can be written or encoded with unique identification numbers, serialized or unserialized, written in the memory of the chip.
Programmable RFID tags are tags that are specifically designed with memory accessible for encoding. The quantity of information that can be encoded will depend on the type of chip being used.
To read write RFID, the information is encoded in the chip using an RFID reader or an industrial RFID printer in the case of printable labels.
RFID tags programming can be done in the field, or can be taken care of by the Service Bureau of the manufacturer or distributor.
HOW TO BUILD A CUSTOM TAG?
Go further and get an RFID tag designed specifically for a tracking system's application and deployment requirements.
Custom RFID Tags provide RFID solutions with process-specific performance and durability, with customizable features covering both the form factor and the expected RF performance.
Size, form factor, and material are some of the tag packaging parameters. The ability to perform well around metal, whether on metal, inside metal, or on any surface, is a key initial driver.
The expected method of attaching the tag to the asset will help define the overall design, with most Industrial RFID solutions relying on rivets, screws, adhesive, and welding, with or without a backplate.
The same questions apply to RFID labels, with adhesive options varying with the nature of the substrate and the application environment.
With RFID chips available from reputable vendors (NXP, Impinj, Asygn, Alien...) in a variety of configurations, the RFID solution's required read range, accuracy, and user memory are all taken into consideration, in addition to the hardware (fixed and/or handheld readers, on-site printers and encoders, etc.) and software configuration, as well as the project's business rationale.
Eventually, RF frequency ranges can be tailored to work with regional or global RAIN RFID frequencies.
How to start? Xerafy offers a full range of engineering services in RF technology, materials, and industrial asset tracking systems.
Explore our library of RFID platforms available in our Product Guide and Back Catalog and speak with our engineers to design your own tagging solution.
Each project is fully supported by Xerafy's broad expertise, which has been honed through the delivery of successful Industrial IoT and Digital Transformation projects, including:
Industrial RFID systems
Asset tracking technologies
Industries and applications
In-house engineering, manufacturing, quality, and sourcing capabilities
International project management
Xerafy is the company behind some of the Industrial RFID market's most significant breakthroughs, including the World's smallest RFID, Most durable, High temperature, Long-range, Embeddable in metal.
Our RFID platforms offer the most advanced technologies available in the market to build tags and labels suited to your exact requirements: Form factors, sizes, materials, frequencies, memory, chips, encoding, attachment, markings, colors, branding.
Attachment, packaging, form factor: Xerafy’s own RFID tag design and manufacturing capabilities allow for unique customization capabilities, with guaranteed quality and cost advantages.
Our co-development approach to custom RFID tags ensures you start in no time and have full access to our expertise and engineering resources:
Application and process expertise
Sourcing and purchasing
Our Custom RFID Tags co-development approach ensures you start in no time with the support you need at every step of the process:
KEY FEATURES - Identifying the application environment and the level of performance to be achieved allows for effective validation of the custom design's MVP
FEASIBILITY - A technical and financial assessment provides the data required to finalize the business case and confirm the expected ROI
PROTOTYPING - Incremental innovation to achieve the performance required
DEPLOYMENT - Manufacturing, shipping, and full support throughout
WHAT IS RFID?
RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) is a technology that uses electromagnetic fields to identify labels and tags attached to objects.
Passive RFID harvests the energy transmitted from an RFID reader. Active RFID, on the other hand, is powered by a battery, allowing for continuous wireless communications over long distances. In industrial applications, both passive and active RFID tags coexist. The latter is found mostly in RTLS (Real-Time Locating Systems) that are less sensitive to its heavier deployment costs.
Because most RFID systems use passive tags, the overall range performance is determined by the frequency used:
LF (Low Frequency, 125-134 KHz),
NFC/HF (Near-Field Communication / High Frequency, 13.56 MHz),
UHF (Ultra High Frequency, 865-960 MHz).
Passive UHF Passive RFID has emerged as the de facto standard for industrial applications, owing to its low deployment costs, performance in the field, and the early efforts of the RAIN RFID consortium to develop global standards based on US, EU/EU2, and Global frequencies.
How do RFID systems work? Industrial RFID Systems automate the tasks of identification, location, tracking and monitoring assets.
They use RF to overcome the limitations of barcodes, as the technology can read in bulk, in seconds, from a distance, and out of sight.
More specifically, an RFID System consists of a tiny radio transponder such as a tag or a label, a radio receiver, and an antenna to transmit the signal. When a reader scans a passive RFID tag, the chip receives enough electromagnetic energy to relay its ID and/or memory information back to the reader and onto the application software.
RF receivers can be fixed or handheld, with reputable suppliers including Impinj, TSL, Zebra, Chainway, Alien, Turck, Honeywell, among others.
The same equipment can be used to program each tag, for instance by encoding a specific identification number, while RFID labels will rely on RFID printers/encoders from SATO, Zebra, Printronix, Toshiba, Postek.