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.
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.
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.
Toshiba 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 (email@example.com).
Starport 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.
With 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.
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.
Tageos 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.
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
- 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
Combining 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.