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What you should consider when you buy RFID tags for apparel retail

To buy RFID tags you must first consider what are the environmental characteristics where they must operate, in order to choose the right ones for an optimal RFID system performance in your business.

If your company is in the retail clothing field, you should find the label that best suits your retail business. Size of the RFID tag, distance and reading speed, are three fundamental aspects to assess, in addition to other variables such as the physical environment in which the RFID system will be implemented.

Given these conditions, a UHF RFID tag is imposed for excellent logistic management of the products. But, what if you could take advantage of other benefits that an RFID tag can offer? For example, thanks to NFC technology, the benefits of RFID technology can be extended from manufacturers and distributors to the shoppers in a retail store. How? Right now we tell you, keep reading!

A dual RFID tag for retail that combines UHF and HF

The RFID tags are UHF or HF depending on their antennas frequency. In Trace ID we have developed a label that combines both antennas sharing a chip designed to work this way.

We are talking about our recent release R3741L Dual Tag. This new label improves the shopping experience by impacting on customer loyalty while managing logistics.

The UHF is perfectly integrated into RAIN RFID technology for optimal management of assets in the supply chain, in logistics and for real-time feeding and updating of inventories.

On the other hand, the HF is compatible with NFC technology. NFC technology allows anyone who owns a smartphone with this hardware and thanks to a wireless communication protocol, scan the antenna to access the data stored in it.

What are the benefits for the shopper in the store?

The customer of the store, scanning the label with his mobile phone, can access information about the product such as the colours and sizes available, the price, and if it is discounted, among other useful information… You can also be offered raffles or other marketing actions aimed at customer loyalty.

In the following video, you can see a summary of the tag R3741L Dual Tag or you can download the explanatory brochure on this link.

You have already seen that to buy RFID tags for your retail business can mean a step forward in terms of logistics and sales. Do you want to take that step? Contact us!

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Best wishes to you all!

2018 has been a great year for Trace ID as an RFID manufacturer and converter, and we hope that also for you all.
Besides, we are excited about the next year 2019, we have some novelties in the oven, about which you will know very soon!

All the team from Trace ID wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We are looking forward to hearing from you afterwards. See you in 2019!

We are closed from December 22 to January 1 both included.

If you have an unavoidable urgency, please write to info@trace-id.com and your message will be sent to the responsible and adequate person.

RFID manufacturer Trace ID factory

RFID Converting hall in Trace ID factory.

The team of Trace ID is glad to confirm we have grown in staff, sales, machinery, and space. As an RFID manufacturer, converter and RFID hardware distributor settled in Barcelona with a worldwide operation, our horizon ahead is exciting. Read on to know more.

AND VERY SOON … R3741L!!!

RFID tag R3741L

RFID tag R3741L will improve customers experience

We will surprise you with an RFID tag that is not only useful for logistics management. It also amplifies and improves the final customer experience. A Dual Tag that combines the UHF and the HF compatible with NFC.

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What we have ahead as RFID manufacturers, from Barcelona to the world

December is sometimes the time to summarise what and how we have been doing last months, for afterwards to think about what’s next. In Trace ID we are glad to confirm we have grown in staff, machinery, space, sales and benefits. As an RFID manufacturer and distributor settled in Barcelona with worldwide operation our horizon ahead is exciting.

Last year was great for Trace ID, our growth in the last fourteen months has led us to move to a new and better factory, but we have also bought two machines, one for the inlay assembly called bonding, and the other for the converting process of inlays to tags. These acquisitions mean a bigger and faster production at the same time that we are preserving our high level of quality. Both machines are from Mühlbauer and assure us being updated with the latest technological developments, besides they mean a guarantee to be able to face the next evolutions of the industry.

In November 2017 we bought a Converting machine CL 60000 more in addition to those we already have.

Converting machine CL 60000

Just only one year later, in November 2018, we have bought another Bonding machine, the DDA 40000.

Roger and Javi from the production team of Trace ID in front of DDA 40000

Part of the team of Trace ID travelled to Roding to visit the factory of Mühlbauer and check the machine before the purchase.

Part of Trace ID team in Muehlbauer.

Part of Trace ID team in Muehlbauer. Javier Pérez (from Maintenance department), Carlos Llorca (General Manager), Roger Serrano (Production Manager).

These acquisitions have been also possible thanks to moving to a bigger facility, in the same area well connected with the main arteries of transport, near the harbour and the airport. At the same time, we have improved all the factory that now is capable to face future enlargements of machinery and/or staff.

RFID Converting hall in Trace ID factory.

The new tags we have introduced last year, like TH-Wing, have already become established as trustworthy RFID tags in the market. As well as we continue our activity as an RFID hardware distributor.

Very soon, Trace ID will launch a new RFID tag that we hope will help retailers improve tremendously their customer service while executing excellent logistics management, both thanks to the characteristics of an RFID tag. This tag we have named Dual Fidelity (thinking about the fidelity of customers and the fidelity of data all in one).

With all these good news and great expectations, Trace ID ends 2018 motivated for welcoming the new year 2019.

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Fresh summer news about the newest RFID tag and more …

The end of summer holidays is around the corner for many of you and Trace ID wishes you are having a great time of resting and joy. We are very excited about the novelties we have in the oven for when you are back, like our newest RFID tag, for example, and we will launch them after the deserved summer rest. Furthermore, we have some interesting news! Keep reading to know more:

First of all, new products!

RFID Dual Frequency Tag

We are working on an RFID Dual Frequency Inlay combining HF and UHF frequencies in one single tag equipped with one HF antenna and one UHF antenna. The purpose is meeting retail demands like product authentication or the management of loyalty programs, with other industrial or logistics requirements like inventory management for warehouses or products worldwide traceability.

METALTRACE

The new METALTRACE is a revolutionary RFID smart label that works on metallic and non-metallic assets. The label can incorporate human readable printing, barcodes, and graphics. It has an extremely low profile, and it’s flexible to suit curved surfaces such as the contour of metallic cylinders and drums. The METALTRACE is cost-effective and versatile for a wide range of applications from product authentication and IT asset tracking, to the global tracking of assets shipped and anti-counterfeiting of high-value items and medical supplies.

Brand new factory!

Our machinery and production are growing day by day, that’s why we have moved our factory to a bigger and better building.

And if all this were not enough for you, be tunned, because we will continue working hard to surprise you!

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The new RFID tag TH-Wing from Trace ID improves RFID implementations in retail

Trace ID’s new TH-Wing UHF RFID tag improves the sensibility and the performance despite its small size. The new antenna TH-Wing of Trace ID measures only 43,8 x 30 mm but shows a high sensibility for this size and better performance than its predecessors in the market.

This RFID antenna has been specially designed for apparel industry, that’s why this tag can be equipped with any chip from IMPINJ Monza R6 family (Monza R6, Monza R6-A, Monza R6-P), which are precisely optimized for serializing items such as apparel, electronics, cosmetics, documents and jewelry. The Monza R6 tag chip includes revolutionary technologies such as automatic performance adjustments and encoding diagnostics that reinforce the position of the Monza tag chip family as the RFID industry leader.

RFID tag for retailing TH-Wing from Trace ID

New RFID tag TH-Wing specially designed for apparel RFID deployments and logistics

The Monza R6 tag chip family fully supports all requirements of the Gen2 specification as well as many optional commands and features, you can find all the features of Monza R6 chip family here. Optimized for item-level tagging, Monza R6 tag chips offer EPC memory of up to 96 bits, serialized TID. In addition, advanced Monza features result in a more effective inventory, Monza tag chips support two unique, patent-pending features designed to boost inventory performance for traditional EPC and TID-based applications.

Beyond the benefits of its small size, better performance and sensibility, and revolutionary chip,  the new Trace ID’s TH-Wing is available customized according the client needs as a dry inlay, wet or white wet inlay, with face sheet of different materials like white or clear polypropylene, vellum paper or other, and finally, cut shape and size of tags can be also customized on demand.

TH-Wing is a good choice too for other RFID deployments like logistics or libraries. If you need more information about TH-Wing or other of our products don’t hesitate to write us at info@trace-id.com or visit our website www.trace-id.com.

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Protocols and standards of UHF RFID

As the adoption of RFID technology has grown, the need to establish protocols and standards that make possible the interoperability of RFID products, whatever their manufacturer, has become indispensable. RFID tags have very varied shapes and sizes depending on their frequency and antenna design. The customers choose one or another tag depending on several specific factors of their businesses, from the physical environment where the RFID system has to operate, to the materials of the product that will be tagged, or the distance and speed they should be read. Understanding RFID standards and protocols are essential to determine the best solution for a business. In this article, we are going to focus on the UHF RFID.

Summary of basic concepts

To sum, there are three types of RFID tags: active, passive and semi-active. The active and semi-active tags powered the response of the tag thanks to an onboard battery, this is why they have much longer reading ranges than passive tags. Passive tags are powered by electromagnetic energy from an order that launches the interrogator. Active and semi-active labels have longer ranges but also higher costs; passive tags, on the other hand, are cheaper and imply the challenge of increasing their reading range through to their design.

An RFID system is composed of a tag reader that is the interrogator and a tag that responds. The communications between a tag and a reader is made through a wireless network called “air interface”. With a sequence of commands sent between the two elements, an RFID reader can identify the Electronic Product Code (EPC) of an RFID tag. In passive tags, the interrogator initiates a round of interrogation with a query command. This query command “wakes up” the tag that answers thanks to the electromagnetic power with the information that it has stored.

The query command that the interrogator/reader sends is a message encoded in a wave, which is modulated by an amplitude modulation scheme ASK (Shift Keying Amplitude). This wave propagates through the air and when it reaches the tag, the antenna is activated, and the radio frequency power is converted into direct current power through a voltage path. The wave is modulated again with the encoded information of the chip, this determines the following command. The last step is the wave that launches the tag to the reader/interrogator. The encoding system to transmit the information is the Pulse Interval Encoding (PIE).

UHF RFID protocols and standards

We have mentioned the EPC, PIE and ASK Next, we will develop these three concepts and others more extensively within the topic of protocols and standards. The protocols define communications between tags and devices. Organizations that work together to define and approve universal standards and protocols for RFID technology are the International Standards Organization (ISO), EPCglobal, GS1, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). For example, when GS1 and ISO created global standards for RAIN RFID, allow the worldwide adoption of RAIN RFID.

RAIN RFID is regulated by a single global standard called EPC UHF Gen 2v2 or ISO / IEC 18000-63. International organizations that issue standards related to Rain RFID include ISO, GS1, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the Joint Technical Committee (JTC). Regional entities that regulate the use of RAIN RFID frequency bands include the Federal Communication Commission (FCC), which oversees in the US, and the European Communications Standards Institute (ETSI) that operates in Europe.

EPCglobal created the standard format for the EPC number, which includes a header, a unique product identifier number, and a filter value. EPCglobal also develops the standards for Class 1 Gen 2 tags, which were ratified by ISO to become ISO 18000-6C. All classes established by EPCglobal are approved by ISO and WTO. UHF RFID tags use the ISO 18000 air interface protocol.

In Class 1 Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) equipment, Pulse Interval Encoding (PIE) is used for communications between reader and tags. PIE describes the way the message is encoded. PIE is similar to Morse code, it uses short and long pauses to represent “0” and “1”. PIE in ISO 18000-6C works in conjunction with Amplitude Shift Keying (ASK) that describes how the wave is modulated. ASK works by changing the amplitude of the wave to represent digital data.

In the case that two tags answer at the same time to a reader the waves of these collide and they could not be read. Therefore, the reader uses anti-collision algorithms, if not, reading RFID tags in a room where there are more than two tags would be almost impossible. For readers and UHF RFID tags of Class 1 Gen 2, this anti-collision algorithm is called Algorithm Q or adaptive Q algorithm. Up to this point, in this brief introduction to protocols and standards in UHF RFID, we have seen the information encoding (PIE) method, the wave modulation (ASK), and the anti-collision Q algorithm.

Sources:
 Main picture: Markus Spike on Unsplash.
 Linked articles:
—Advanced RFID Measurements: Basic Theory to Protocol Conformance Test, National Instruments.
—UHF RFID Tag Communications: Protocols and Standards, RFID Insider.
—RFID STANDARDS, Impinj.
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Trace ID and RAIN RFID

We are pleased to announce that Trace ID is already part of the RAIN RFID alliance, which promotes the universal adoption of UHF RFID technology as a wireless technology that connects everyday elements to the Internet, allowing businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate and engage items from our everyday world.

What can Trace ID offer to RAIN RFID?

The reasons why we are happy to belong to this commercial association are diverse. Trace ID is a manufacturer of RFID inlays and tags and operates worldwide, and we can offer standard and customized RFID solutions. These customization capabilities include an adapted antenna and mechanical design, the printing of illustrations, or the data programming.

We are proud to work with the world leaders in the industry to distribute RFID supplies too.

All this experience, plus the persistence in quality and service, make Trace ID one of the most reliable partners in the RFID industry.

Making a way together

Day by day, Trace ID is more and more specialized in UHF tags and inlays manufacturing, so being part of the RAIN RFID alliance is essential for us. For our future development and to take advantage of the opportunities that RAIN RFID can offer. We are also excited to be at the beginning of the RAIN RFID global alliance. We feel that, in some way, we are making history in RFID technology.

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Interviews with Trace ID team about RFID Technology – Unai Cirion

In our series of interviews with our team members, today we ask Unai Cirion, the Sales Manager at Trace ID.

Question: What is inspiring you the most about RFID technology?

Answer: The countless possibilities that offer to make things easier. It enables things to talk.

Question: Which is the next step?

Answer:  What is coming up now is the implementation of sensors which measure temperature, humidity or other conditions within the chips even in passive technologies. There is a long path to walk too in the area of antennas and their composition.

Question: How do you predict that the RFID technology market will evolve?

Answer: I have no doubt about the RFID technology is going to expand. Indeed, it is already on it. The matter with this technology is that it’s very evolutionary and therefore changeable, so you must pay attention to new fabrication models which improve the product or mean a competitive advantage in cost. The cheaper will be the technology, the faster it will be expanded.

Question: As other technological innovations, RFID also has detractors. Among the common considerations, there are the health dangers, the interference on privacy or the loss of jobs because of its implementation. What do you think about these criticisms?

Answer:  These are eternal discussions about several independent issues. Concerning health topic and without being me an expert, just to be said that the kind of waves used by RAIN RFID is in the same range than those used by mobile technology. Thus, I think that they mean a similar risk.

Relating to the intrusion of privacy, the technology itself offers you the way to avoid this danger if you use the proper methods. The fact that you buy a pair of shoes with an RFID tag doesn’t mean that anybody could know what you have bought when you are out. You can set password keys for reading the data as well as a “kill command” which removes data after the purchase.

Finally, on the subject of the jobs, it’s clear that any evolution from a manual recollection of data to an automatic recollection means timing reductions in some processes. This has repercussions on the necessary workforce. It’s a dilemma… But don’t forget that who doesn’t optimize its business for improving competitiveness will be day by day more away from its competitors with all that this means.

*Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash.
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