Businesses will apply RFID tags to several billion items this year, giving each of them a unique digital identity and allowing them to make better business decisions – it’s now less of a science project and more just good business practice, in line with the emerging trends of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things.
How could this help your business? One way is that RFID can help improve efficiency – for example in inventory control or logistics. With bar codes, you need line of sight to scan the code. With RFID, however, you can scan what’s in the box without opening the box, saving you significant time. With barcodes, you can only read one at a time – with RFID, you can read hundreds within a second or two, without needing line of sight.
If you have questions, we can help, such as:
- Will RFID work on metal?
- Can RFID be embedded into metal?
- What about on liquids?
- Can it be inserted into wood?
- What about on vehicle windscreens?
The answer to all of these questions is “yes” with specific tags, so best not to discount RFID on stories you may have heard before!
We’d love to show you how it all works and the effect it could have within your organisation. We could either encode the inlays for you, or provide everything you need to produce your own encoded tags or even a custom solution which will integrate into your existing manufacturing system.
Arrange to visit our Demonstration facility to see how RFID could work for you
Fairfield offers a wide range of UHF RFID inlays for applications across all industry sectors, including Manufacturing, Automotive, Food & Drink, Transportation, Logistics and Healthcare. With a range of performance options to consider, including read range, chip capacity, user memory addition and form factor, you’ll find Fairfield has an inlay to meet your requirements.
RFID ECO Tags
Historically, RFID tags or inlays haven’t necessarily gone hand-in-hand with sustainability, due to their aluminium antenna content or metallic ink content. However, this has all changed as Fairfield supply a range of ECO RFID Tags which are fully recyclable with paper and cardboard packaging. Using innovative and patented manufacturing, you can now have performance equal to traditional aluminium-antenna tags AND sustainability
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Near-field Communication (NFC) is becoming increasingly common among brand owners, retails and consumers alike, being ideal for a myriad of applications, such as brand authentication, product reviews, consumer loyalty programmes and as an ideal medium for gaining further information from a manufacturer or supplier of a particular product or service. Requiring only a smartphone, the NFC platform is becoming increasingly common as a cost-effective medium to communicate with your customers.
We can supply NFC labels or tags in small quantities – you can be up and running encoding your own tags in minutes! We can also supply highly durable NFC tags suitable for use outdoors.
Printers & Encoders
The Brother TD-4 Series versatile desktop printers use high capacity thermal transfer ink ribbons for durable labelling and ultimate productivity. Seamlessly integrate into your existing systems with industry standard embedded printer commands. These desktop printers also offer UHF RFID capabilities for identification, tracking and security. A compact footprint provides flexibility to use in any area. 203dpi and 300dpi versions available.
Small in size but full of features, the ZD500R is Link-OS-enabled making it simple to integrate and manage. With automatic calibration, you’ll enjoy lower media cost, less waste and fewer roll changes. Featuring UHF RFID encoding capabilities, it is ideal for numerous applications such as retail tagging as well as manufacturing, government and healthcare tracking. 203dpi and 300dpi versions available.
Zebra ZT411R RFID Industrial Printer / Encoder
Pairing rugged quality with UHF RFID capabilities, the ZT400 Series RFID printers/encoders help keep your critical operations running efficiently. Known as price-performance leaders in RFID labelling, the ZT400 Series offers a factory- or field-installable UHF RFID encoder to support a broad range of applications across several industries. See printer status at a glance and manage settings quickly–including RFID–using the large colour touch display. 203dpi and 300dpi versions available.
Zebra ZT610R RFID Industrial Printer / Encoder
ZT600 Series printers combine industrial durability and user-friendly features with future-proof adaptability — including a factory- or field-installable RFID encoder — to meet your evolving needs for years to come. Gain greater visibility of your printing systems with Link-OS applications and managed operational and asset visibility services (OVS/AVS), plus the ability to deepen your insight into your entire business with advanced RFID printing and encoding. 203dpi, 300dpi and 600dpi versions available.
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Nordic ID HH83 RFID Reader
Nordic ID HH83 is a new generation all-in-one RAIN RFID handheld reader equipped with Android operating system. This reader is built for rugged applications and constant handling. Typical applications would be inventory control and track & trace operations.
Nordic ID HH85 RFID Rugged Reader
Nordic ID HH85 is a new generation all-in-one RAIN RFID handheld reader equipped with Android operating system. Typical applications for this reader would be warehousing or transportation environments where constant or rough handling is the order of the day.
Zebra RFD8500 UHF Sled Reader
Add high-performance next generation RFID scanning to the mobile devices of today and tomorrow — simply, easily and cost-effectively. You can attach the mobile device to the RFD8500 sled for a complete one-piece solution — or workers can put the mobile device in a pocket and use the RFD8500 in standalone mode
Zebra FX7500 Fixed RFID Reader
Ideal for portals or doorways for tracking pallets or individual boxes, fixed readers automatically record movement in their field of vision, meaning you can go about your daily activity knowing your goods are being tracked without any human intervention.
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Eco Bumper Label is designed and optimized for demanding industry and supply chain applications. ECO Bumper features best-in-class performance, reliability and a flexible structure. ECO Bumper delivers excellent performance on a wide range of materials and environments.
ECO Rack label is designed to perform in demanding, close-coupling environments often present in retail and supply chain applications. ECO Rack’s size is an established form factor commonly used in hang tags, price stickers and shipping labels.
ECO Stripe label uniquely combines anti-tamper functionality with outstanding wide-band performance in on-metal and other hard-to-tag applications. ECO Stripe makes an excellent, easy and cost-efficient solution in many different tagging scenarios such as unmanned retail.
ECO Hook label is specifically designed for retail applications. The form factor is a perfect fit for retailers’ different hang tag sizes. The thin and slim ECO Hook also enables the use in various Label sizes.
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AD-23x U9 inlays from Avery Dennison provide maximum performance on a given footprint of 70 x 14.5 mm. Leveraging the capabilities of NXP’s UCODE 9 chip, the Gen2 UHF RFID inlays are suitable for a wide variety of RFID tagging applications, including supply chain, inventory and logistics, apparel and home essentials. AD-23x U9 inlays feature 96-bit of EPC memory and a 96-bit unique factory locked TID number. A 48-bit unique serial number is factory-encoded into the TID. Delivery formats include dry, wet and pressure sensitive label.
AD-229r6 and AD-229r6-P inlays from Avery Dennison are high performing, Gen2 UHF RFID products that are available in two chip formats: Monza r6 and Monza r6-P. Both versions are suitable for a wide variety of RFID tagging applications, including Supply Chain, Inventory & Logistics, Apparel & Item-Level Retail, and Returnable Transport Units (RTUs). AD-229r6 with the Impinj Monza R6 IC comes with 96-bit EPC memory while AD-229r6-P with the Impinj Monza R6-P is available with several EPC and user memory options. In addition, the R6-P based inlays provide additional features including kill and access password protection to ensure user privacy. Both AD229r6 and AD-229r6-P are available in Dry Inlay and Wet Inlay delivery formats
Miniweb ETSI UCODE 9
Our AD Miniweb U9 ETSI inlays and tags are designed for global retail, industry and supply-chain applications, offering excellent performance on difficult-to-tag or low-detuning materials such as cardboard and plastic, and in other demanding, close-coupling environments. AD Miniweb U9 ETSI inlays and tags have a compact size 45 x 18 mm, which can be easily converted into end-application usage, and are available in dry, wet and label delivery formats. Miniweb equipped with NXP UCODE 9 offers a self adjust feature to maximize product performance in challenging environments and has an improved read and write sensitivity and faster encoding speed compared to NXP UCODE 8
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Confidex Ironside Classic
The patented solution of Confidex Ironside Classic On-Metal Gen2 UHF tag provides a trusted benchmark for low-cost passive RFID in its size and durability (IP68) to various customer requirements. Ironside’s performance enables several on-metal identification challenges to be solved, which were earlier impossible with passive RFID. The tag can be mounted easily on any metallic surfaces either mechanically with screws or pop rivets or with industrial adhesive.
Confidex Carrier Tough Slim
The Confidex Carrier Tough Slim RFID tag is designed to survive even the harshest environments. It is almost immune to scratching and beating, making it an ideal choice for RTI (returnable transit item) use. The tag endures repeated washings at high temperatures while still providing reliable automated real-time tracking.
ID Global® SlimFlex™ Seal Tag
These transponders are ideal for sealing industrial containers – bags, bins or boxes – preventing unauthorized access to contents while in storage or during distribution. Seal Tag units integrate powerful RFID chips with high durability components, and secure, tamper-evident cable ties. High visibility Seal Tag units enable assignment of a unique electronic identifier to each securely fastened container. To access a sealed container’s contents requires severing the cable tie or breaching of the container itself, either incursion providing clear evidence of tampering.
Xerafy Cargo Outdoor Tag
The Cargo Outdoor is an on-off metal asset tracking tag engineered for long-range all-weather operations. The versatile RAIN RFID tag is optimized to operate on a variety of options make it a truly universal tagging solution. Its reinforced case bring industry-grade materials to asset tracking with a lifetime of up to 10 years, ensuring a solid return on investment.
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Bullseye NFC NTAG213
Bullseye™ NFC inlays and tags with the NXP NTAG chip family offer a broad selection of inlays with high reliability and market-leading performance. Unique ID (UID) mirror functionality suits high-volume product authentication and marketing applications. Bullseye™ NFC inlays and tags equipped with different NXP NTAG ICs with different memory sizes provide a high-performance, cost-effective solution for product authentication, magazine ads, smart posters, postcards and other high-volume applications.
Circus NFC NTAG213
Circus™ NFC inlays and tags are designed to suit applications where small size and high performance are critical. These round-form products are ideal for use in small stickers, key fobs and item-level tagging. Circus™ NFC inlays and tags are available with NXP’s NTAG210 Micro, NTAG213 and NTAG216 chips. Circus™ NFC with the NTAG210 Micro chip is a cost-efficient alternative where small size with 48 bytes of user memory is required.
Circus NFC On-metal NTAG213
Circus™ On-Metal tags have been specifically designed to work on metallic objects. They open the door to all applications involving the tagging of metal surfaces that need to be identified or interacted with, such as metallic parts, tools, machines, spare parts and even domestic items. In our Circus™ On-Metal tags, we combine flexible ferrite materials with a performance-optimized antenna design. The super-thin ferrite-based inlay is produced by applying a layer of ferrite material to the inlay, which isolates the magnetic field from the metal surface. Ferrite redirects the reader’s inductive field, and prevents energy from being wasted as heat within the metallic surface.
Minitrack NFC NTAG213
Our Minitrack NFC inlays and tags are designed for NFC Forum Type 2 applications such as smart poster and sticker, connection handover, Bluetooth pairing, Wifi protected set-up, device authentication, wristbands and many other demanding applications. Minitrack NFC is an ideal match for electronics pairing applications where embedding the inlay is a must. Minitrack NFC with its versatile antenna form factor provides best-in-class performance. The inlay comes with NXP’s NTAG 213 Chip.