Paxar first to market with compact smart label

Paxar UK, a global leader providing bar code and identification technologies for the retail supply chain and the supplier of Monarch brand products and services, announces immediate availability of short feed length 915 MHz Class 1 RFID smart labels, another first in the industry. Paxars RFID labels are now available in feed lengths as short as one inch. The Monarch 9855 RFID printer/encoders state-of-the-art design and unique antenna system allow it to encode these small labels reliably, without interference from the next label. The new smaller label is available through Paxars Q-Service for RFID service bureau, as well as for encoding with the Monarch 9855 RFID printer/encoder.

This new small RFID label is a big technological innovation with practical applications, said Rick Bauer, Senior Director, RFID Technical Research. In the past, suppliers to Wal-Mart and other early RFID implementers were forced to use large labels, normally four inches by six inches. While those work well for suppliers that want to combine their normal bar code carton label with the RFID label, many vendors told us that they dont want to change their bar code labelling process. By offering this one-inch feed length label, users can now encode and print the required EPC information as a separate process, so they dont have to modify their bar coding system. In addition, there are many companies faced with a requirement to place RFID labels on small packages. This new label is perfect for that purpose.

Rick Bauer continued, RFID labels that must be placed on cartons containing metal or liquid items create special challenges. In some instances, there are specific requirements as to where the bar code label must be placed. These requirements have not changed, and weve found that for metal and liquid items, the bar code label location is often not best for the RFID label. Now, Paxar customers can use a smaller label and place it in its optimum location on the carton for best read rates.

Paxar Corporation is a global leader in the identification and tracking of consumer products worldwide. Paxar products are used the world over by leading apparel brands. Monarch brand products are used by 90% of the top 100 U.S. retailers and their supply chain partners to identify, track and price all varieties of consumer goods. Paxar is a member of EPCglobal, the agency managing the emerging standards for RFID.

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