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Considerations about RFID for food

RFID for food has some important conditions. When the tags must be in contact with food need to meet the directives and regulations on materials intended to come into contact with food. In this article, we are going to talk about European regulations. Besides, there are a few conditions that we consider that RFID for food needs to meet to be appropriate. Let’s start with the topic!

Three conditions that an RFID tag for food need to meet

  1. All materials in contact with food have to fulfil all food contact regulations for safety.
  2. The antenna and chip can’t be in contact with food.
  3. The ticket with the RFID tag must be clearly noticed.

Food contact regulations that concern RFID tags

In everyday life, food contact materials (FCM) are widely used in packaging, kitchen tools, labels, etc. The different materials on contact with food may behave differently and could transfer their constituents to the food depending on their composition and application. Thus, FCM chemicals might change the food properties and affect human health. That’s why, food contact materials are subject to legally binding rules at EU level, in order to secure a high level of protection of human health. The main regulations for food safety that concern RFID tag materials in contact with food are:

First, the EC 1935/2004 of the European Parliament on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

Second, the EC2023/2006 on good manufacturing practice for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food.

Third. the EC 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to be in contact with food.

RFID ham industry
RFID for food, for example, hams. Photo by Thomas Vogel on Unsplash.

Other considerations about safety when food is in contact with RFID tags

Besides the conformity with the EU regulations, we want to note other conditions that we consider important to preserve safety.

The antenna and chip can’t be in contact with food

RFID antennas within tags use to be made of aluminium and chips have diverse substances and metals. So, the RFID inlay needs to be enclosed to avoid their contact with food. Obviously, the materials to keep apart the antenna and the chip from the food must be suitable for food contact.

The label with the RFID tag must be clearly noticed

The size of the RFID tag must be enough big to be seen without any possibility of being unnoticed or get mixed up. The positioning of the tag needs to be out of food, not only for safety but for the better performance of the RFID tag, because as you may know, RFID tag performance gets worse with liquids and greases.

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EU’s RFID tags manufacturers in its context

In this article, we present a brief but enlightening snapshot of what are the conditions where RFID tags manufacturers evolve in the EU, as well as, by similarity, manufacturers of technological products that export between member states and the rest of the world.

In Trace ID, as European RFID tags manufacturers, we closely observe the evolution of the industry to which we belong. It is impossible that we were oblivious to the effort that the European industrial sector makes to not only maintain itself but to stand out and lead in a very competitive global market. More competitive, even, if we talk about activities of a high technological level. Let’s see some information below to locate ourselves.

How heavy is the industrial sector in the EU economy?

The industrial sector employs 17.4% of the active population of the European Union; which means 38,983,700 employees out of a total of 223,843,000 workers.1 In economic terms, the industrial sector generates 19.6% of the EU GVA, which is 2,772,617 million euros.2

RFID tags are products of high technological level, and within the industrial sector, the activity of manufacturing RFID tags is included in the manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products. According to Eurostat, this has been the fifth activity that most increased its production from 2010 to 2016, and its index of turnover has grown by 10.2% from 2015 to 2019.3

Grouth of the EU industrial productionEU imports and exports

Regarding imports and exports of industrial products in the European Union, according to the Eurostat-Statistics Explained article, International trade in goods, the three main actors in the world are the US, China and the European Union, followed quite far by Japan and South Korea.

Main players for international trade in goods

The sum of EU28 exports and imports with the rest of the world reached 3,936,000 million euros in 2018, and both imports and exports increased compared to 2017. If we focus on exports, between 2016 and 2017, exports rose 7.7% to continue rising by 4.1% in 2018. Among the EU member states, the highest percentage of exports to non-EU member states was from Germany, with 28%, followed by the UK (11%), Italy (10.5%) and France (10.4%).

Development of international trade in goods

The main destinations of exports from the EU, in 2018, are the US with a share of 20.8%, China (10.7%) and Switzerland (8%). However, although the main partners for imports into the EU are the same, the percentages do not follow the same order, in this case, China is the main exporter to the EU, with a percentage of 19.9%, followed by the US. (13.5%) and Russia (8.5%).

On the subject of internal trade between EU member states in 2018, it was also Germany that reached the highest percentage, with 22.2%, followed by the Netherlands (13%) and France (11%).

International trade for products in the EU

Following the data provided by Eurostat-Statistics Explained in the article International trade in goods, comparing exports with imports by products, the percentages of exports are higher in —Machinery and vehicles, —Chemicals, —Food and beverages, —And other products.

On the other hand, the EU imports are higher than exports in —Other manufactured products, —Energy —and Raw materials.

Main exports and imports by productIf we look at the balances between imports and exports by products, of the years 2013 and 2018 compared, we verify that the turnover in millions of euros of exports has exceeded in all cases those of imports, except in Other manufactured products. We see it in the following graphic.

Extra EU-28 trade by main productsPerspective as a manufacturer of RFID tags in Europe

The percentage of application of RFID technology in European companies, according to Eurostat data in 2017.5 is very low for countries such as Romania, Greece or Hungary, with only 7% of companies using RFID technology, and low with 23% of companies in Finland; Although we have found differences between these figures, since as Eurostat reports for Spain 15% of companies with RFID technology applied, and for the same year, 2017, the National Institute of Statistics (INE)6 points 22.58%.

In any case, they are very low application rates of RFID technology. Taking into account, the enormous advantages and profits that RFID technology brings; and also, that the processes of production, logistics, the retail sector, and the security and traceability of assets and people, have entered in the universe of 4.0 technologies, it is impossible to imagine a very near future without RFID technology in most companies. Therefore, the future and growth of RFID technology companies (specialized engineering, RFID tag manufacturers, RFID hardware manufacturers, distributors, software developers, etc.) are assured.

In future articles, we will continue to develop the state of RFID technology in Europe and in the world. We hope that all this information is useful to our blog visitors and if you need top-quality RFID tags, contact us. Trace ID we are manufacturers of RFID tags, pioneers in Europe, since 2007.

Sources:
 1.- Idescat, Indicadores de la Unión Europea, Población ocupada de 15 a 64 años, 2019.
 2.- Idescat, Indicadores de la Unión Europea, Valor añadido bruto por sectores, 2019.
 3.- Eurostat, Turnover in Industry: Manufacture of computer, electronic and optical products, 2019.
 4.- Eurostat-Statistics Explained, International trade in goods, 2008-2018.
 5.- Eurostat, Enterprises using radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies, 2014-2017.
 6.- INE, Encuesta de uso de TIC y comercio electrónico en las empresas, “Tecnologías de identificación por radiofrecuencia (RFID)”, 2017.

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 Potsdamer Platz Arkaden, Berlin, Germany. Author: Kovah, en Unsplash.

 

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The RFID for quality control in production processes

RFID for quality control in production processes is one of the applications of RFID technology, among the many and varied that exist, but, even so, with technological advances and the emergence of new needs, new applications and solutions are still being developed to respond to realities in constant transformation. In this previous article on RFID tags, you can find a very useful explanation about the main applications of RFID technology.

Here, we will explain how RFID technology contributes to better quality control in production processes.

Traceability in the manufacture of customized products

Nowadays, manufacturers face the challenge of meeting the demand for customized products, for example, car models configured according to customer preferences, or sports shoes with the combination of colours, materials and the size chosen by the buyer on the online store.

These current needs of manufacturers have increased the demand for RFID systems for traceability, due to their high data collection and management reliability and the increased profitability they entail. RFID systems operate in manufacturing in a transversal way contributing to the greater effectiveness in various processes, such as:

—In asset tracking,
—In the flow of materials,
—In control of production,
—On the follow up along the supply chain.

Today, having an RFID system implemented for traceability and quality control is the only way to operate with true business intelligence. The accuracy of the data thanks to RFID technology has allowed a greater development of automation in manufacturing. Avoiding manual collection errors and reducing process times, financially, the cost decreases while the quality increases.

Another advantage of the implementation of an RFID system in the production process is that it facilitates the visibility of the entire workflow. With this clearer visibility, a better and greater understanding of the processes from beginning to end is achieved. In this way, decision making is more accurate thanks to being further informed. A better decision, higher quality.

Security in the supply chain and workflow

With an RFID system increases the safety of products and machinery. The breakdowns of a machine are recorded on its RFID tag, as well as the repair actions, creating a report which is accessed quickly and effectively, so contributing to deciding and implementing better preventive actions to avoid production stoppages due to breakdowns. The costs of machine failures (production stoppages, manufacturing errors, repairs, replacement of components, etc.) are reduced by following this quality control system based on the application of RFID technology.

On the other hand, all the assets are fast located with accuracy, resulting in the quality of production. In other previous articles, we talked about how RFID technology saves costs by avoiding stock breakage or, on the contrary, excessive accumulation of a product, such as in this one dedicated to how to assess costs and benefits of RFID implementation.

The greater visibility in real-time, and in a very exact way of the entire supply chain is also a factor that ends up having a greater quality control in the production processes.

We hope this article has been of your interest. In Trace ID we are manufacturers of RFID tags, the only manufacturer in Spain and pioneer in Europe. Do not hesitate to contact us for your RFID supplies.

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RFID tags for production processes in the automotive industry

In the automotive industry, the use of RFID tags and RFID reading and writing devices is growing day by day at every step of the production processes, because it is the most reliable way to identify the parts that correspond to each car configured by each customer.

An RFID system can cover every identification need of every plant task from metal plates workshop until the car leaves the factory. The majority of personalizations of a car materialize during assembly, so there are many versions of the same model in the production line. With RFID solutions, the identification of each piece and each car is accurate and updated in real time.

The RFID technology is not only reliable and fast, but it is also very resistant to the roughness of manufacturing, such as high temperatures or corrosive substances. The RFID tags that are used in this sort of industrial implementations are single-use labels which are usually destroyed during or at the end of the manufacturing process.

RFID tags suitable for automotive production processes

On the one hand, there are RFID tags that will work on metal (which interferes with the operation of radio frequency waves), and on the other, those that will be on hard plastics, glass and other materials.

In addition, the materials in which the inlay should be (RFID antenna with a chip inserted on a substrate) must be resistant to the appropriate temperatures and to the substances used in manufacturing.

The RFID tags that work on metal adhere to the piece and are usually on a material that separates the metal antenna from one to two millimetres, so that it does not interfere with the performance of the RFID tag. Another solution to label with RFID metal parts is to use flanges, so that the label is hung and not attached to the sheet, but this solution is not always possible due to issues such as the type of handling of the parts.

As for the RFID tags that are going to adhere to hard plastic parts, these are adhesive RFID tags that do not need that distance between the piece and the antenna.

If you need more information about RFID tags for production processes please contact us, we are pioneer manufacturers in Europe and unique in Spain of RFID tags.

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Directives and regulations that are applicable to RFID tags manufacturers

As RFID tags manufacturers, we remain vigilant to be up-to-date in relation to all directives and regulations that apply to production and commercialization of RFID tags. Do you know which ones they are? In this article we inform you.

The REACH Regulation

The REACH Regulation is the most comprehensive, updated procedure that exists in the world for the management and control of chemical products in order to preserve human health and the environment against the risks of chemical products.

The REACH regulation came into force in 2007, and recently, last June 2018, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the European Council of Chemical Industries (CEFIC) signed a cooperation agreement to improve the monitoring and control of chemical substances.

This regulation is applicable throughout the industry, including companies that in principle might seem that they are not linked to this commitment. Depending on your role in the industry (chemical manufacturer, distributor, importer, downstream user, supplier of items, etc.) you will register and inform about your REACH compliance in different ways.

As RFID tags manufacturers, we are intermediate users, and we must check that all our suppliers, to whom we buy substances and materials, produce according to the REACH Regulation, for example, suppliers of adhesive papers with which we make the labels.

To explain it very briefly, complying with the REACH Regulation means that the product doesn’t contain the substances on the ECHA list or these substances are at their acceptable levels for health and the environment.

In Trace ID we collect and keep updated the REACH certificates of our suppliers to be able to affirm that our resulting RFID tags are in compliance with this Regulation.

RoHS Directive

The RoHS Directive (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) was adopted by the Council of the European Union in 2003 and establishes the absence of substances considered harmful in electrical and electronic equipment and / or materials. These substances are dangerous for human health. Therefore, its use in electrical and electronic devices is prohibited; or its presence is limited to certain quantities.

The RoHS Directive applies only to electrical and electronic equipment on the market (and all its internal components), such as information technology and telecommunications equipment, large and small appliances, lighting equipment, electrical and electronic equipment, toys, equipment entertainment and sports, and vending machines.

Information and documents proving that the products are in compliance with the restrictions specified in the RoHS Directive should be retained for five years from the time the product is marketed. Every year, manufacturers are required to update their RoHS certificates.

The substances that the RoHS Directive regulates are:

  • Lead (Pb) <1000 ppm
  • Mercury (Hg) <100 ppm
  • Cadmium (Cd) <100 ppm
  • Hexavalent chromium (Cr VI) <1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) <1000 ppm
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) <1000 ppm
  • Butylbenzene phthalate (BBP) <1000 ppm
  • Dibutyl phthalate (DBP) <1000 ppm
  • Diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP) <1000 ppm

As manufacturers of RFID tags we follow our suppliers of chips and antennas to keep us updated with their RoHS certificates.

RED directive for electronic devices

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RED Directive

The RED Directive (Directive on Radio Electronic Equipment) regulates the commercialization and suitability of radio electronic equipment and came into force in 2017.

The RED Directive defines “radio equipment” as an electrical or electronic product that intentionally emits or receives radio waves for radio communication purposes or an electrical or electronic product that requires an accessory (for example, an antenna) to intentionally emit or receive radio waves for radio communication. “Radio waves” are defined as electromagnetic waves of frequencies below 3000 GHz that propagate through space without wires.

As manufacturers of passive RFID tags, our RFID consumables are exempt from this certification. On the other hand, if tags are active RFID which are provided with a battery to emit intentionally, then they need RED compliance.

Contact with food, health products, textiles and others

To finish, we will point out that each RFID tag must comply with the proper regulations depending on its final use; for example, those RFID tags that must be in contact with food should be watertight, inside a sandwich between materials which have certificates that demonstrate compliance with the European Food Contact Regulations, such as EC 1935/2004, EC 2023/2006 and EC 10/2011.

We hope this article has been enlightening in relation to the directives and regulations applicable to the manufacture and commercialization of RFID tags. If you want to keep informed about the latest news of the RFID technology industry, subscribe to our newsletter here.

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The pharmaceutical logistics optimized with RFID tags

Pharmaceutical products are subject to specific conservation and safety requirements which condition pharmaceutical logistics (traceability, temperature control or cold chain, documentary system, anti-counterfeiting system, location, personalization, etc.). In addition, in the transport and storage of medicines, various Health and Safety Directives must be complied with, depending on the geographical area or areas involved, and types of medication.

In this article, we will show the main specific needs of pharmaceutical logistics that covers RFID technology.

Avoiding the counterfeiting of medicines

We lived in the era of counterfeits, there is no design or packaging that can not be falsified. In the pharmaceutical industry, this problem also exists, with the aggravating circumstance that the consequences of consuming a counterfeit medicine could be dramatic. In contrast, when a drug is labelled with an RFID tag, the laboratory’s source coding system prevents the counterfeit, since the RFID tag has a unique number in its memory to identify that unique container. That number stored on the label not only identifies a single container, it also includes it in a batch, in a recipe and in a patent and a trademark.

Labelling of personalized medicines

Medicine is increasingly delving into the effectiveness of personalized treatments, as the most effective method to cure the same disease in different patients. For example, a specific type of cancer needs significantly different strategies depending on the history of each patient. For this type of personalized medications, RFID tagging avoids errors while facilitating storage, transport and generation of documentation. Thanks to a well-implanted RFID system, these medications are perfectly controlled.

RFID tags for pharmaceutical logistics

Control of medication for hospitalized patients

On the other hand, a patient labelled with RFID through to the hospital bracelet, with which they identify him when he is admitted, is a patient who carries with him all his history, medication treatment and all his information. In this way, many errors in the medication are avoided.

Location of lots for removal

When a particular lot must be removed from the distribution, if the pharmaceutical products are marked with RFID tags for pharmaceutical logistics, it is very easy to locate all the items in the same lot for withdrawal from the pharmaceutical supply chain.

How drugs are labelled with RFID

The RFID tags can be placed on medicine containers in different ways. One way can be the insertion in the bottle container by injection. Another can be the label sticked to the pot or box. A third option may be to attach it as a flag to the bottle or tube. In this context, the important thing is the RFID tag is well subjected to the product in a very robust way so that it does not be missed during transport and storage.

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Assess and quantify the profits of investing in RFID applications

The implementation of RFID applications increases every day and is not a trend that has a close ceiling, but rather the opposite, the number of companies that will implement RFID systems in their processes will increase. In this article, we will not go into the reasons why it is so important for companies to optimize the efficiency of their processes thanks to RFID technology. But we are going to focus on how companies can value and quantify the expenses and profits of investing in RFID applications, in a simple and general way.

Three success stories and a “safe bet” that can encourage you to take the step

Without wishing to be exhaustive, we will expose three emblematic success stories of the implementation of RFID technology, in addition to what we would call a safe bet that will positively impact globally, at least, to all people who check in a suitcase, and which will mean a great advance in security thanks to RFID technology when we travel.

In retail, *the case of Zara is one of the greatest successes that demonstrate the profitability of the RFID application for apparel. As of 2016, the Inditex Group implemented RFID technology in 100% of the Zara stores. According to its president, the RFID implementation would mean a saving of working time, the streamlining of logistics work, and real-time knowledge of the availability of garments both in-store and online by all employees. In addition, its system of “RFID-Alarm tags” is reusable, so its alarm hardtags can be erased and recoded up to more than 100 times. A very important fact is that the RFID system allows to control in detail the so-called unknown loss (theft, fraud of suppliers, internal and external errors, breakages…) which can lead to a loss of up to 0.8%, which in Inditex could mean up to 100 million euros. The result of the implementation of RFID in Zara has been so good that all Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti and Uterqüe stores will have RFID systems in 2020. (*Source: Claudia Espejo Repiso, Estudio de las aplicaciones de la tecnología RFID y su grado de implantación, 2018.)

The field of logistics accumulates more than half of the implementation of RFID in the world, so our next case is also within this area. We talked about the experience with the implementation of RFID of the group of *Éxito supermarkets, leaders of retail in Latin America. Grupo Éxito reported that the cost of inventory management was reduced by 93% thanks to the implementation of RFID technology, and shrinkage was reduced by 60%. (*Source: zonalogistica.com, Implementación de tecnología RFID en Grupo Éxito.)

To finish, a case of the success of RFID applications that many do not imagine is the *RFID application for surgical instruments and hospital disposables. Its use is actually to prevent instruments and gauzes from remaining inside the patient after an intervention. Gauze and needles are the most often forgotten objects inside patients after an operation. The reason is that the manual count is not reliable. So the use of RFID technology is growing to avoid these accidents that can cost lives. Not all the profits of RFID are economic, they are also linked to the improvement of safety in health and other areas. Thanks to the RFID wristbands, each patient is linked to their history and medication errors, allergies or treatments are reduced. (* Source: intramed.net, Foreign objects retained in surgical patients.)

Finally, as a safe bet for RFID technology, we point out the decision of IATA (International Air Transport Association) to implement a global development plan to tag all suitcases with RFID, and in this way, respond to travellers’ expectations to have an exact and real-time tracking of your checked baggage.

The profitability of RFID applications

Calculating the profitability of RFID applications has the difficulty of quantifying predictive variables, such as how many sales do I lose due to stock breakage? How much money do I waste on products that will not leave the warehouse? Let’s see it below.

How to quantify the necessary investment

To calculate the necessary investment for our RFID implementation we will consider at least these costs:

  1. Acquisition of physical devices (readers, printers, portals …)
  2. Acquisition of consumables such as RFID tags.
  3. Acquisition of software.
  4. Cost of RFID system design
  5. Reorganization costs.
  6. Personnel training costs.

All this is calculated in suppliers’ budgets without any difficulty. But what about the profits, with which we want to not only amortize the investment, but add to our current annual profits? let’s keep going.

How to value the profits

Calculating the profits of RFID applications is much more complex. To calculate the profits resulting from our RFID implementation we will consider at least these returns:

  1. Greater accuracy of inventory with less manual intervention, which means a reduction in working hours.
    1.1. In this section, we would calculate the time per item of inventory to know the total annual time of carrying out the inventory, and with that, we would obtain the cost of the manual inventory. Then we would compare it with the time of carrying out the automated inventory with RFID, and thus we would obtain the profit.
  2. Avoid losses, theft, misplacements, fraud. How much money do the unknown losses represent in your company? The money that you would stop losing while avoiding the unknown losses can be based on the historical inventory figures. As we can see in the table below, Kurt Salmon calculated the reduction of the unknown loss by 33.7% in retail.
  3. Avoid stock breakage. How can you calculate the sales you lose because the customer does not find your product on the shelf, on the web or you can not serve it on time? This is more complex to calculate. According to the same study by Kurt Salmon for Accenture, the reduction of stock breakage with RFID is 40.6%.
  4. Reduction or elimination of surplus products. In the same way that we avoid stock breakages thanks to the speed and accuracy of the information provided by an RFID system; we can also avoid providing products that do not have as much output. How much money do the products that do not leave the warehouse mean in our company? We can have approximate figures thanks to the historical. The need to reduce surplus products so that they have output is reduced by 19.6%, according to the aforementioned study.
  5. Increased response speed to orders. Do we lose sales because we can not respond on time?
  6. More efficient shipments. Do we lose sales because they do not arrive or arrive too late?

To approach a calculation of the profits we have mentioned the study that Kurt Salmon carried out for Accenture in 2016 on the application of RFID in retail (you can find it on his website kurtsalmon.com). With which we have made the following table:

Profitability of the RFID application in retail according to Kurt Salmon

The profitability of the RFID application in retail according to Kurt Salmon for Accenture, 2016.


All the money that we save added to all the money that we stop losing more the money resulting from the increase of the sales by a greater efficiency thanks to the RFID technology would be the profits of the implementation of the RFID system in the company.

How long is the investment amortized and net profits of the RFID system obtained?

As well as the profits related to the improvement of processes, such as speed, efficiency, real-time updating, global communication, they are noticed immediately after the implementation of the RFID system. The economic profits start from the fact that they have amortized the investment. The desirable thing would be to amortize the investment between the first and second year of implementation of the RFID implementation. Although the implementation of an RFID system is still a big investment for many companies.

Amortization of an RFID system

Amortization of an RFID system.

A question that you can not continue avoiding:

Does it make sense for my business not to implement an RFID system?

This is a question that each organization must make to itself with a single horizon, that of continuing to be a profitable company and updated in its time tomorrow.

We hope that this article has been useful and we urge you to contact us if you have any questions regarding the purchase of your RFID tags.

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Buy RFID tags for logistics of proven efficiency

We are experiencing the 4.0 logistics revolution that is transforming the industrial processes, technologies and landscapes. That is why buying RFID tags for logistics is a key issue in any industry, given that in the field of supply chain management, the digitalization of all processes has been imposed to improve logistics tracking worldwide.

E-commerce operators have consolidated as the engines of the logistics revolution that keeps growing and transforming at high speed. Giants such as Amazon, Rakuten or AliExpress lead the movements of the logistics industry and attract investors and promoters of dynamic and risk profile. Major companies such as Decathlon, Lidl, Ikea and Apple are also major players in the logistics revolution, and the logistics management is precisely a fundamental point of their success.

The logistics revolution belongs to everyone

But this revolution also belongs to medium and small companies, for many, the fourth industrial revolution, attracted by more efficient management of their assets, by a decrease in expenses and also by an increase in profits. These three advantages are a direct consequence of the application of new technologies, among which the RFID for logistics stands out, as we previously explained in the article about why RFID tags increase sales.

At Trace ID, as an RFID tags manufacturer with customers and operations worldwide and settled in Barcelona, which is evolving towards becoming the logistics capital of southern Europe, we are excited and prepared to continue growing with the logistics industry, contributing with our experience, specialized knowledge and dedication to customer service.

RFID for logistics

Forklift transporting assets with RFID tags for logistics inside a warehouse. Photograph by Elevate on Unsplash.

Manufacturers of RFID for logistics, which to choose?

What indicators show to a company that is doing very well? And excellently? Undoubtedly, in a globalized market where competition is tough and there are very good competitors, the best indicator of good performance is customer loyalty. As well as, an indicator of excellence is when clients spontaneously and on their own initiative recommend your products to other potential clients.

What our clients think about Trace ID in numbers

14% of our customers have a turnover of more than €200,000 per year. Of these customers, 67% more than 5 years ago that we are their suppliers of RFID tags, the remaining 33% more than 3 years ago that we supply RFID tags to them.

18% have a turnover of more than €100,000. 50% of these clients have been with us for more than 5 years, 25% for more than 3 years, and the other 25% for more than 2 years.

23% are customers of more than €50,000 annual billing. 70% of these clients have been repeating with us for more than 5 years, 20% more than 4 years and 10% more than 2 years.

Finally, 45% of our customers have a turnover of more than €10,000 per year, with loyalty in years of more than 5 years 32%, more than 4 years the other 32% and 3 or fewer years the rest.

Customers loyalty according to years with us and annual turnover

Customers loyalty according to years with us and annual turnover.

Word of mouth works in B2B as in B2C

Indeed, there is no more optimal circumstance to please a prospective client than being recommended by someone they trust. In B2B, where decision making is slow and prudent given the large losses that a bad decision can mean, it is even truer than in B2C, that it is decisive what other industrialists say about you.

At Trace ID we take care of our digital brand and our online communications. But it is still the relationship with customers and the consequent word of mouth our best advertising campaign. Who recommends you is naturally essential, it must be a person from your same industrial sector. The business sectors of Trace ID are divided into RFID for apparel, pharmacy, libraries, food and others of different kinds, but among all of them, the RFID for logistics stands out, which represents 50% of our manufacturing.

Business sectors of Trace ID

Business sectors of Trace ID.

We grow with our customers

The most of our clients have had growth rates of more than 20% in recent years and have continued to trust on us as their sole RFID provider, which gives us a satisfaction based on our quality. They are customers from Europe, Asia and America where our competition is fierce, but by getting involved in the customer’s challenges we have grown together and have built a relationship more near to an RFID partner than a supplier-client. In conclusion, our competitive advantage is quality and service.

These are some of the reasons why we defend ourselves as a supplier of RFID tags for logistics, and we will be happy to assist you if you contact us through this contact form.

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You are going to use RFID tags in your business, do you know the formats?

If you are going to implement an RFID system in your business, you will need a good analysis of the needs and conditions for the correct application of the system. The type of asset to be labelled, the environment in which the system will be developed and the objectives to be covered by the implementation, will be the decisive characteristics when designing the system and choosing its components. In Trace ID, as manufacturers and converters of RFID tags, we know well the formats that best adapt to the needs of an implemented RFID system, and in this article, we will describe them. But first, you can visit our RFID tags section in this link to have an idea about sizes of the RFID antennas.

Most common formats of RFID tags

When we talk about the format in this article, we refer to the size and materials; and we do not go into describing other issues such as the design of the antenna, the characteristics of the chip or the range of each type of label.

The size and materials influence the performance of the RFID tag and also its suitability within the RFID system. In jewelry, we will need very small RFID tags, while in an RFID clothing system we can use RFID tags of average size around 5×3 cm.

To begin with, we start from knowing that a dry inlay is an antenna with a chip inserted in a non-adhesive PET coil.

Wet inlay

The manufacture of wet inlays is the first conversion through which all RFID tags pass, the dry inlay is not stamped nor on an adhesive support that to be able to stick on another surface. All the dry inlay to be RFID tags go through the process of conversion from dry inlay to wet inlay in which we will obtain die-cut adhesive labels on a coil of siliconized paper.

White wet inlay

White wet inlays are wet RFID tags that have undergone a second conversion to add a white front face, commonly polypropylene or vellum paper.

As white wet are RFID tags with paper face, we can print them according to the needs of the client (with a logo, a bar code, text or number, etc.)

RFID tags “customized”

So far, the level of customization that wet and white wet allow us is limited to the size and shape of the die.

When the customer orders the labels with a front of other materials and colors, a white wet is no longer produced, but the second conversion process through which the wet inlays pass transforms them into RFID labels with a more customized appearance, and they are also printable

Encapsulated RFID tag

Sometimes RFID tags must be sealed between waterproof and/or special materials. This may be required to avoid contact of the RFID tag with the outside or by peculiarities of the environment that may affect the performance of the tag. It would be the case of labels for the food industry or for laundries, to tell two examples.

An RFID tag on foam

We have already mentioned that the environment can affect the performance of labels. A very common case of this problem is the RFID tags that have to work in environments with a high presence of metals. In these cases, RFID solutions are usually implemented with labels made of foam. The foam prevents the contact of the RFID tag with the metal.

RFID tags on PET for high temperatures

Another characteristic that can affect the type of materials in which the RFID tags are manufactured is the temperature. There are in the PET market that withstands high temperatures up to 300ºC.

RFID tags on PET for high temperaturesWe have given a first overview of the options for manufacturing RFID tags. In summary, once the antenna with the chip has been chosen, we can customize the shape of the die, the size of the adhesive label and the printing on the front, and in specific cases, other customizations depending on other needs of the client.

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RFID for apparel, is it profitable?

Today, buying tags of RFID for apparel can be the decision that marks the success or failure in the effectiveness of the traceability system for your clothing business. The retail clothing sector is very dynamic and changing, and often leads the way of what innovations are necessary for fields such as logistics, customer service, marketing or e-commerce. The RFID technology industry obviously not ignores these challenges and, as a result, RFID solutions for clothing increasingly focused on improving the effectiveness of the retail sector of fashion and accessories are being developed. Next, we are going to describe some.

Increased customer loyalty thanks to an intelligent RFID system

A solution of RFID for apparel cannot be satisfied with control and security in the supply chain, the best logistics management, and the highest accuracy of the inventories updated in real time. These three factors are very important but not enough for the retail sector of fashion and accessories. In addition, a good RFID clothing system can greatly improve customer satisfaction. By improving customer satisfaction, it also reinforces its loyalty to the store and the brand.

How customer loyalty increases with RFID for apparel

First of all, having a thorough and real-time inventory control gives us a lot of valuable information about the behaviour of customers. If we know immediately which garments are the most sold, we can react in time to not run out of these garments in the store, in this way, if the customer always finds what he looks for in our store, he will always return, and in addition, we will not lose sales. The behaviour of customers is recurrent, this means that if a customer always finds what he wants in our store, he will be less likely to browse in other stores, instead, if he does not find it, he will go to other stores in his search and surely he will return there.

Secondly, with the RFID system and the appropriate RFID tags, the garment label can provide a more complete and satisfactory customer experience. We are talking about a new RFID solution of RFID for apparel, which provides the garment label of a UHF RFID antenna and another HF RFID antenna (which has the same frequency than NFC). The UHF antenna is ideal for RFID traceability in the supply chain and logistics management, however, with the HF antenna, we can provide the customer with a better experience and thus improve their satisfaction. For example, the customer can scan the HF tag with his smartphone and obtain information about available sizes and colors, if the price is discounted, if he has a certificate of authenticity of the brand, or even participate in raffles and associated marketing actions to that product or brand, among other actions, which result in a greater involvement of the customer with our store. If you want more information about this RFID solution, please contact us and ask our technician about the “dual RFID tag”.

Greater security for your retail business of clothing and accessories

Thanks to the radiofrequency traceability, marked garments are not lost, robberies are avoided, and their authenticity is assured. These three factors ultimately result in a reduction in expenses and losses. So an RFID system is always profitable, and in addition, it is also a very good investment.

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