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New High-Speed, High-Volume RFID Label and Tag verification system at Starport Technologies

Starport Technologies has implemented a 99.9% accurate, High-Speed, High-Volume RFID Label and Tag verification system. We pride ourselves on being a “smart label” company and a premier provider of UHF RFID tags and labels. While our facilities produce up to 2 million labels daily, our first priority is to provide products which are high quality and are consistently reliable. Accomplishing this goal requires a cutting-edge facility with strict quality assurance standards and experts who are dedicated to providing efficient manufacturing processes.

In order to remain competitive and meet the ever-increasing demands of high-quality and high-speed RFID Label production, we recently teamed with the RFID experts at RK & GT Technologies to develop an in-line, high-speed RFID verification system which is capable of verifying up to 40 UHF RFID labels per second per lane. This system verifies each label, marking every individual tag and label that fails to read or meet the configurable RSSI signal strength values specified. This verification system mounts directly onto our RFID label conversion equipment and verification is performed in line, reducing the steps required to deliver 100% verified rolls.

“Increasing our accuracy and production rate for RFID labels and tags were top priorities, but this system offers other beneficial features, such as the automated reporting capabilities which logs and reports the readability information for each of the millions of RFID products we produce each week” states Sanders Roth, Vice President of Business Development. “Now we can deliver documented proof of our superior quality tags and labels with each roll that we deliver to our customers!” “We are also able to provide our suppliers with valuable information on the quality of the raw RFID inlays they provide us, giving them insight into their own inlay production. Plus, the application is simple and easy to use, which reduced our downtime due to training and production – it took only a few hours to train the entire team before we up and running”. This system is replacing an older system that could not keep up with our manufacturing demand.

RK & GT Technologies, LLC, located in Dayton, Ohio, is an RFID Technology company providing a full range of RFID products and solutions. RK & GT Technologies produces high-speed RFID label, tag encoding and verification systems which vastly improve production, delivering a 99.9% accuracy rate. With over 20 years of experience in the RFID industry, our experts have the insight to deliver successful cutting-edge RFID solutions. To learn more about RKGT Technologies, visit their website at www.RKGT-Tech.com.

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June Newsletter – RFID tracking

RFID tracking can be very useful and is extremely versatile as far as what it could be used on. However, there are some limitations, one of those being objects with metal surfaces. The metal causes noise and reflection issues with the signals to and from the RFID chip. Attempting to integrate an RFID device on a metal surface is very difficult and near impossible in some applications.

Recently Starport Technologies engineered and produced a combination RFID label/tag to address this need in the market place. The need is being able to encode and thermal transfer print an RFID pressure sensitive, adhesive coated label that can be applied to materials that aren’t conducive to RFID tracking. When using an RFID tag or label, it’s common to encode the RFID chip while thermal transfer printing a barcode or human readable characters on the surface of the product. The current RFID tag structures being sold into the market place for metal applications do not allow for encoding, thermal transfer printing, and application directly to the product. Starport’s new ‘SharkFin’ label allows for these possibilities, making it a superior Flag Tag solution compared to other products on the market.

 

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APG in Clearwater, Florida

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APG in Clearwater, Florida is an electrical contractor with five groups specialized in the fields of Electrical Construction, Technology, Building Automation, Life Safety, and MEP Engineering. APG has been using a basic computer database and engraved numbering to track tools and assets for over 30 years. It was decided that a more up-to-date, streamlined system was necessary. In the early stages of planning, a simple bar coding system was researched along with new tool inventory and tracking software. This would simplify things a great deal and allow more efficient tool tracking. While this system was under consideration, the possibility of the use of RFID tags was also researched.

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Starport Technologies was contacted and was able to provide a huge help with an education of RFID technologies, tag types, equipment and workflow. The final result involved printable encodable RFID tags to be encoded by a Zebra R110xi4 RFID printer. The legacy numbers in APG’s existing tool management database would be utilized in the new system to make a seamless transition so that tools could be tracked by both systems during the changeover. Each new tool would be tagged with a dual purpose RFID/barcode tag. The newly encoded RFID number would match the barcode number and the existing engraved tool number. This has enabled redundancy so that a tool can be tracked visually, optically scanned, or RFID scanned all by the same number so that there is no cross tracking or confusion. It also ensures that each jobsite supervisor would be able to track tools whether they have an RFID scanner, a barcode scanner, a smart phone or even a basic printed list. RFID has provided a huge benefit by reducing the time needed to take inventories of large quantities of on-site tools. This has aided in a more accurate and up to date accounting for APG’s tools and assets. During the entire process, from the initial research to the final working product, Sanders at Starport Technologies has been an invaluable resource of information that has helped APG to develop a customized system that has performed well beyond what was originally envisioned.

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Starport & Toshiba to Partner

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Starport is excited to announce a partnership with Toshiba America Business Solutions.  This partnership will greatly improve the printer options and capabilities that Starport Technologies can offer to their customers.  The Toshiba Dual Mode Printers are a huge plus to the industry and should be evaluated by every major RFID encoding group.

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img00Toshiba America Business Solutions, Inc. (TABS) is a subsidiary of Toshiba Tec Corporation, a global leader in office printing and retail solutions. TABS provides multifunction printers, managed document services and digital signage for businesses of all sizes via nearly 300 authorized dealers throughout the United States, Mexico, Central and South America.  As part of TOSHIBA TEC’s continuing commitment to new technology available soon will be the ability to encode RFID chips using the four series printers.

To be able to meet the various standards and frequencies Toshiba TEC is offering the unique ability to use different readers and antenna on the same model.

For more information on Starport products please visit www.starporttech.com or contact Sanders Roth (sroth@starporttech.com).

Starport’s Increasing Capabilities

782ed51f-fd31-4765-b03f-feb7b013a526Starport is starting off the New Year with the addition of a six color 13.00” Mark Andy 2200 flexo press. The press will be integrated with a Tamarack P500 RFID unit. The P500’s width is equal to the Mark Andy, allowing for 13.00” wide RFID dry inlay insertion. The new line is equipped with high efficiency hot air drying and UV curing, laminating station, three in-line rotary die cutting stations, and two auxiliary unwinds. These numerous capabilities have created the ideal converting platform for multi-color printed complex laminated structures for labels, tags and tickets.

Retail Market Presence

This will assist in the continuous growth of Starport’s retail market presence and also greatly improve multi-color printing capabilities.  This equipment allows for a variety of face stocks, and use of UHF or HF inlays to meet the requirements of specific applications.

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RFID Jewelry Tags

da6c7443-971d-40ce-b855-0d9f861b8ed0With over 75 years of combined narrow web converting experience, the management team of Starport Technologies has engineered and assembled an RFID tag and label converting platform that allows conversion of industry standard jewelry tags into RFID tags.  Using the Alien Technology ALN-9710 inlays, Starport has started to focus on bringing the benefits of RFID to jewelry manufacturers and resellers.

Tagging Small Items

The ALN-9710 (Squig) inlay has a compact 44.5×10.4mm (1.75×0.41”) antenna size and utilizes the Higgs®4 IC. The Squig inlay approaches the performance of the well regarded Squiggle inlay in a smaller footprint which makes it ideal for tagging small items like gems & jewelry.

Value

The value associated with jewelry in store displays, behind the counter and in storage makes them an obvious target for implementing some type of traceability, however their diminutive size makes this a difficult proposition. The new Starport Jewelry tags and labels enable performing inventory of these high value items on a regular basis with a handheld reader without having to remove them from the display case or storage lockers. Stock planning, replenishment and regulatory reporting is simplified with the enhanced accountability that adding RFID avails. In addition, point of sale tracking and losses due to shrinkage can be contained with the addition of a fixed reader at the doorway.

Adding the Starport Jewelry tag to your stores highly prized diminutive collection can reap substantial savings and generous profitability.

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Tageos UHF/RFID Tags Background

f4bbdb45-89a0-4076-add9-46e8ac5ff91aTageos designs, manufactures, and sells globally patented 100% paper-based passive UHF RFID tags to address the item-level tagging needs of global customers in various industries.  Most of the RFID tags available today are based on technology that was state-of-the-art 3 decades ago.  Tageos spent years researching and developing a new method for producing RFID tags that fundamentally changes the components and the process, resulting in thin, flexible, eco-friendly, high performance RFID products.

As a company, Tageos’ culture is to always work to anticipate customers’ RFID tagging needs, always innovate to design the RFID products of tomorrow, and continuously improve our processes to provide high quality, cost-effective products to our customers.

Tageos Advantages

R&D, antenna design, and production all under one roof

  • Where the business justifies, Tageos can develop customized RFID labels with tailor-designed antennas and alternate tag silicon.

One of a kind, globally patented design

  • Thanks to its groundbreaking design, the Tageos 100% paper, passive UHF RFID labels have no plastic inlay. They inherently cost less, yet match or exceed the performance of plastic inlay-based labels

Eco-friendly Labels

  • A Tageos label uses 50% less glue, no plastic, and creates 90% less waste than traditional tags.

Tamper Proof Labels

  • Our 100% paper labels can easily be torn, making them ideal for anti-tampering applications.

Thinner labels = higher quality and more efficiency

  • No visible “inlay bump” when labels are printed.  Your labels will look their best.
  • More labels per roll – change rolls less often meaning greater printer up-time

Starport and Tageos Advantages

4d9ce110-9990-421d-a16c-f2ded4d2bb0bCombining Tageos’ innovative, all-paper design with Starport’s world-class label converting capabilities gives customers access to high quality, low-cost RFID labels and tags unlike anything else on the market.  Starport-converted Tageos products can address nearly any kind of application, from simple compliance or track and trace, to tamper evident use cases, to anti-counterfeiting applications requiring custom antenna designs.

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RFID Pot Stakes – RFID Tag

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Starport Technologies is now producing a durable, thermal-transfer-printable RFID Pot Stake. The 20 mil styrene RFID Pot Stake, that can be printed with a modified Zebra thermal transfer printer, is proving itself at sites across the globe.

Revolution of IDeas

Many nurseries grow seedlings and sell them to wholesalers and retailers that, in turn, raise the plants until they are large enough for the consumer market. During busy seasons, some companies typically sell as many as 30,000 trays of seedlings per week. Many of these nurseries are now employing RFID to track seed-sown plastic trays as they move through company greenhouses. This technology improves the tracking of inventory and helps expedite the shipping of seedlings to customers.

Without RFID the process of growing the seedlings and preparing them for shipment is daunting. Nurseries often plant approximately 20 percent more of a product than they require in order to account for loss during the growing process, thus making it that much more difficult to track the product. Because it has a short shelf life, much of the product excess is often discarded. In addition, identifying which types of seedlings are on any particular tray can be hard to do simply by looking at them. Some nurseries use bar-coded labels to track their trays. RFID, where implemented, has proven to be a great deal more efficient compared to standard barcode technology. 1

Advantages of RFID

  • Multiple tags can be read simultaneously at high speeds, meaning faster, more reliable verification and inventory numbers.
  • Line-of-sight is not necessary. Tags can be read through non-metal objects such as vegetation, boxes, and plastic trays.

Benefits for Customers

  • The use of RFID in conjunction with software mitigates errors at time of packing and shipping.
  • During packing, trays are identified electronically using RFID antennae, so only the correct trays can be packed for a given order and incompletely packed orders are immediately spotted and corrected.
  • Box contents labels are printed and placed on each box, along with tracking numbers for shipments. Advance shipment notification is sent directly to the broker’s office, and to the customer via email. Everyone knows what is being shipped and when it is scheduled to arrive. Tracking numbers are immediately available for FedEx shipments.
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Fun Facts About RFID Technology

fun-facts-about-rfid1. The Vatican has been using RFID to keep track of more than 2 million ancient manuscripts in the Vatican Library.

2. The smallest RFID tag is manufactured by Hitachi. It is .01 inches square.

3. In some areas of the UK, some towns have adopted RFID to track the amount of waste each household throws out each week. The tags are in the garbage, and are called “bin bugs”.

4. The FDA has approved the use of RFID to track blood.

5. RFID tags are used to find lost golf balls.

6. Some RFID tags can accurately be read at under negative 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

7. RFID tags were initially invented by a Soviet spy.

8. Next time you head to Disneyworld, you will likely be using RFID to open your hotel room, pay for food, and receive pictures of all the fun you had at the happiest place on earth!

9. Embedded RFID sensors will likely be an integral part of driverless cars.

10. A company called Nutrismart has created edible RFID tags. The idea is to let people see exact nutritional numbers of what they eat. Literally putting data into the food you eat.

11. With bee populations dwindling around the world, scientists are using RFID tags to track bee migration and population.

12. The NFL uses RFID tags to procure futuristic statistics from their players. It’s called “Next Gen Replay“.

13. RFID technology is being used to protect nature including monitoring the whereabouts of endangered animals.

14. Scientists rely on RFID to infiltrate the close huddles of penguins in Antarctica. How? Remote control RFID readers disguised as a little cute penguin!

15. NASA currently has an extensive RFID program to make sure everything astronauts will need in space is with them when they take flight.

16. In 2006, game manufacturer, Mattel, created a game console called HyperScan. RFID tags were used to store a user’s data. It was an ambitious venture, but ultimately a commercial failure.

17. In 2007, a Korean McDonald’s became the first restaurant to offer an RFID enabled payment system VIA flip phones.

18. Riding on the subway in New York City will be reliant on RFID technology. The New York MTA (Metropolitan Transit Authority), plans to phase out their current MTA cards that you must swipe at turnstiles in the coming years, and replace them with RFID enabled cards. Their projected goal to start using smartcards is 2019.

19. At the Milanese Ar Museum, RFID technology is used to enhance the experience of museum goers.

20. Sick of waiting for your bartender to pour your drink of choice? Well self-serving beer stations may be the next big thing at bars and stadiums. And, the payment solution for self-serving beer? RFID.

21. Sorry kids, schools in and around Cincinnati have adopted RFID to make sure kids are getting to and from school. Kids have to check in, so no more sneaking into school late!

22. The internet of cows? Many cattle ranchers are currently tagging cows with RFID tags in order to track the health of the cow, and to know if any cows are sick.

23. RFID + ice cream sounds like a delicious combination. At Izzy’s ice cream in Minnesota, they use RFID to make sure their fans know which flavors are available.

24. Even the US Army uses RFID. From tracking parachutes to securing locations, America’s bravest rely on RFID to keep everything organized.

25. Passive RFID tags can be read from as far as 300 feet away.

26. There are many ways in which RFID can be implemented into the healthcare industry. RFID chips may one day be used to help manage the pain of patients suffering from chronic pain.
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New Product – the Piggy Back RFID Label

Piggy back construction is rather common, but rarely is it seen with RFID.  There are significant benefits to piggy back construction including durability and versatility.  Here is a good source of information.

Our piggyback labels are made from combining two layers, the bottom layer forms the backing for the top. The label can be applied to any object as normal, the top layer can be reapplied elsewhere. Often used on Express mail envelopes, inventory control, asset tracking, reminders, and quick references.  The Nested Polyester label is ideal for thermal printing and infield lamination.  The silicone varnish on the bottom later allows for an easy delamination of the top label.  Printing custom piggyback labels can be challenging – we have the experience to help you select the right combination of label size, materials, inks and adhesives.

Piggyback labels are multi-layer constructions featuring one self-adhesive label on top of another. The top label is removable and can be reapplied elsewhere, while the bottom label is stationary, remaining affixed to the original surface. Dynamic and versatile, piggyback labels can be created in constructions that adhere to paper, plastics, cardboard and metals. Top labels can be smaller than bottom labels for fast and easy removal, or they can be the same size with or without tabs for removal. Whether clear middle-ply features to reveal additional messaging or instruction… as image liner piggybacks offering the convenience of a pressure-sensitive document label with a carbon copy label… or for bar code scanning at checkout when items are too heavy to carry… there’s a piggyback to streamline processes and increase productivity.

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