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.