An Introduction to RFID


An increasingly popular method of product identification amongst both small and large companies is RFID. This technology uses Radio Frequency signals to scan data previously encoded in to tags or labels, and then placed on the products in question. These tags can then be scanned in bulk to instantly identify the products and their location within a warehouse or storage facility, providing obvious benefits to company efficiency and stock recognition.

What is RFID?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a wireless, non-contact use of radio frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data in order to identify or locate a product.

A full RFID system is made up of two parts, the integrator and the reader. The integrator is the RFID label or tag attached to the product. This contains the RFID chip with an electronic product code (EPC) embedded on it ready to be scanned and read in a similar way to a barcode. The reader is the device used to scan and read this data encoded on to the RFID tags. This product code can then be matched to a linked database containing any relevant information concerning the product, such as product type, serial number, or even an image. Due to a small memory size on certain RFID tags, linking a database is extremely beneficial in storing more detailed information

One of the most significant benefits of using RFID in comparison to simply scanning barcodes is the ability to read the data without a direct line of sight to the tag. Barcodes must be aligned to the optical scanner to read the data, something that can prove time consuming when products are transported in large quantities. Being read outside the line of sight enables RFID tags to be embedded within the object, and then simply scanned by a reader as they pass along a supply chain, saving time, and improving efficiency.

How can we help you?

As RFID Technology becomes more widely used across a variety of industries, we are dedicated to providing a full solution to meet all of your business requirements. RFID is popular for a variety of tasks such as inventory management, asset tracking, ID Badges, personnel tracking and supply chain management ensuring there will likely be an RFID solution for everyone.

AM Labels can offer a wide range of RFID reading and encoding packages, including a vast selection of RFID enabled labels and tags to get you started. Please follow the links below to view some of our RFID enabled products.


RFID Printers RFID Readers
·        Zebra ZT410

·        Zebra ZT420

·        Zebra ZD500R


·        Datalogic DLR-DK001

·        Zebra MC3330R

·        Zebra MC3390R

·        Nordic ID Stix


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