Zebra Technologies Europe Limited, a global leader in speciality printing solutions is leading the Auto ID industry in the rollout of RFID printer / encoders with the introduction of the R110XiIIIPlusTM. Zebra has built the quality, resilience and reliability of its top-of-the-range Xi printer series into a 13.56 Mhz High Frequency (HF) RFID printer/encoder.

The manufacturing, warehousing and logistics sectors are set to benefit most from the new development as the rugged durability and high-performance of the printer allow it to generate quality labels in demanding environments, such as factory floors and goods storage areas.

Bernard Williams, RFID business development manager, EMEA, said: "European FMCG suppliers and handlers are starting RFID pilot schemes but the many different types of labels currently being trialled, make the selection of a printer difficult. This printer has been produced to simplify the decision for supply chain managers and future proof the investments that they make. The R110XiIIIPlus HF RFID printer/encoder can print on a wider selection of 13.56 Mhz tags than any other encoder currently on the market. Compliant tags include Philips' I-Code, Philips'EPC, TI's Tag-it, Inside Technologies' PicoTag, and the ISO 15693 from Philips, Infineon and Texas Instruments."

The R110XiIIIPlus is ideal for businesses in the pilot stages of implementing RFID programmes. With its ability to produce swing tags, inserts and stickable labels of all sizes, the R110XiIIIPlus can be quickly and easily adapted to labelling different products in different formats. This gives users the versatility to trial multiple applications with minimal investment.

Williams explains the importance of HF encoding; "The reason companies need HF RFID tags is that they still work, even when there are lots of labelled items being scanned close together. This means they can be used to label individual cartons or pallets without the information colliding or becoming confused together when they are scanned. This is what makes the technology particularly suited to the FMCG business."

Key features and applications:

Print width 104mm
Integrated HF RFID Reader / Encoder
Enhanced Alert Notification
Multi-level Element Energy Equaliser for superior print quality
Thermal transfer or direct thermal print methods

Because the R110XiIIIPlus builds R140 functionality into the successful Xi platform, it brings all of the integration and printing technology that Zebra has developed in this successful high-performance range.

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