Paxar Launches New Solution for Metros Suppliers - Utilising Existing Processes Mobile RFID

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Paxar Central Europe GmbH, a subsidiary of the Paxar Corporation (Paxar or the Company), a global leader providing bar code and identification technologies for the retail supply chain, today launches a new solution, the NVE-2-EPC Starter Kit (Starter Kit), to enable suppliers of the German Metro Corporation (Metro AG) quick and effective RFID pallet labelling.

All elements in the Starter Kit are delivered fully integrated, and thus ready for use. The Starter Kit also includes 500 RFID labels and participation in Paxars Technology Investment Protection Program (TIPP). An upgrade guarantee minimizes the risk of making the wrong investment in a developing technology. Paxar, a pioneer in RFID technology and one of Metro AGs strategic suppliers, is equipping well-known project partners in the course of Metros RFID roll-out. The Starter Kit complies with Metros requirements for RFID labeling.

Todays launch preceeds the recent news that Metro AG is demanding from many of its suppliers the requirement to label their pallets with RFID technology. This technology, for non-contact product identification, uses radio chips. Some of Metro AGs other suppliers, as well as those of other retail corporations, will also soon be expected to mark their pallets with RFID.

RFID system integration is considered highly complex, and so far has necessitated cost-intensive restructuring of logistics processes. The specialists in product identification at Paxar Central Europe GmbH, however, have now considerably simplified RFID pallet labeling with their new Starter Kit. The solution combines the powerful 9855 RFID label printer with a radio scanner and an effective software on a PC. The equipment is housed in the 98-MDE cart that provides the unit with power from a battery. Freed of obstructing cables, the unit is entirely mobile and can be incorporated in existing process chains precisely where RFID labels are needed.

A radio scanner reads the serial shipping container code and transmits it over a distance of up to 30 meters to the base station in the cart. The software then generates an EPC number and a new label with visible information that the 9855 RFID printer prints. At the same time, the printer also writes onto a Philips-U-Code EPC 1.19 RFID chip in the label.

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