RFID Tags and Labels

According to Wikipedia, “RFID tags can be either passive, active or battery-assisted passive. An active tag has an on-board battery and periodically transmits its ID signal. A battery-assisted passive (BAP) [or semi passive] has a small battery on board and is activated when in the presence of a RFID reader. A passive tag is cheaper and smaller because it has no battery.”

When we talk about RFID tags at Barcoding, Inc., we are including tags, labels, cards, etc.

How Can I Select the Right RFID Tag?

RFID tags come in hundreds of different configurations. There are simple labels that can be printed, tags embedded in plastic credit card formats, various hard mount tags, and even tie wrap style tags. Some can be mounted on metal and perform best that way, while others will effectively be made useless if mounted on metal. Tags are available for various harsh environments, including both high temperatures and even cryogenic sub zero ranges.

Tag selection is one of the most crucial steps in a successful RFID system design. For this reason, we always recommend speaking with an expert in RFID technology before selecting tags on your own.

Because we are partnered with all of the top manufacturers, Barcoding can source precisely the right RFID tag, label, or card for your operations.

Types of RFID Tags and Labels

Active RFID Tags Active RFID tags use internal batteries for power and to transmit a signal. Because of this additional hardware, these tags are more expensive than passive tags. Active RFID tags should be used on more expensive assets or those that require reading over great distances.
Passive RFID Tags Passive RFID tags do not have a battery and therefore rely entirely on the reader as their power source. With lower production costs, these tags are ideal for larger quantity, less expensive assets. These tags are manufactured to be disposable, along with the disposable consumer goods on which they are placed. Whereas a railway car would have an active RFID tag, a bottle of shampoo would have a passive tag.
RFID Labels RFID Smart Labels provide unmatched data capacity, security, and flexibility for identification and data collection applications.
RFID Wristbands Use RFID wristbands for automated data capture, to increase efficiency, ensure accuracy, and reduce costly and dangerous errors.

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