Are you using barcode technology now but considering using RFID in the future?

November 29, 2011

Are you using barcode technology now but considering using RFID in the future? The 110Xi4 was built on the legacy of the Xi series of products and was developed to improve overall operational productivity and efficiency in a variety of environments. It is built RFID Ready and allows you to upgrade to RFID technology in the future, providing solid investment protection.

Zebra made the 110Xi4 printer ideal for a variety of applications, including top-side and bottom-side circuit board labeling, product identification labels, serial plate labels, product labels, surgical tools and equipment, diagnostic kits, vials and slides, and others. If your company is looking for a printer to withstand harsh environments and handle a variety of applications, Zebra’s 110Xi4 printer will fit in perfectly.

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Zebra Gen 2 UHF RFID Card Printers Used by epcSolutions

June 11, 2009

As we have blogged about in the last several weeks, Zebra Technologies was the first company to offer card printers with Gen 2 RFID card printing/encoding capabilities. With extended range and applications, such as printing and encoding employee loyalty cards, membership cards, and security cards, it’s no wonder Zebra’s printers are being used by such firms as epcSolutions-the leading provider of RFID compliance software to Wal-Mart and DoD suppliers.

EpcSolutions offers a variety of products supporting the Zebra Gen 2 UHF RFID printers/encoders. One such product, FixedAssetManager, uses the Gen 2 RFID cards for items such as returnable totes and storage boxes to enhance file or document management. The product also uses RFID or barcodes to track fixed asset inventories like computers and furniture.

Another epcSolutions product, TetraGate, uses Zebra’s Gen 2 RFID cards to identify people and provide human access control. The technology helps make products more secure during distribution by combining UHF RFID technology inside an employee ID card with biometric facial recognition. TetraGate Lite, a similar product using Gen 2 RFID cards, was recently deployed to track students moving in and out of school buildings.

Meanwhile, epcSolutions’ WorkInProcessManager uses Gen 2 RFID cards to track the state and location of works-in-progress-from raw materials to finished goods-in real time. And RFIDTagManager allows Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Best Buy, and DoD suppliers to meet RFID mandates. Suppliers use point-and-click wizards to set up and configure their RFID hardware and then print and encode compliant RFID labels. RFIDTagManager uses Gen 2 RFID cards on returnable pallets used to ship tagged goods to Wal-Mart and the DoD.

With applications in asset tracking, access control, and inventory management, Zebra’s Gen 2 UHF RFID printers/encoders have become invaluable in warehouses and DCs around the world.

Keep Workers Safe by Using Gen 2 RFID Technology

April 16, 2009

Deploying RFID technology to track workers in dangerous environments is nothing new. However, traditional battery-powered RFID tags can cost upwards of $100 per piece-a price point that has limited deployment to only the highest-risk environments. Now, with the lower-cost standardized Gen 2 technology, it has become feasible for warehouses and distribution centers-as well as hospitals, prisons, schools, and more-to keep their most valuable assets safe.

Gen 2 readers can be installed indoors or outdoors and used in many ways to, for example, monitor the amount of time workers spend in a particular environment. In such a situation, readers can be installed in doorways or sub-areas of a location and be set to automatically record all entries and exits. Meanwhile, system software would track the amount of time each worker spends in a specific area and automatically send alerts via e-mail, pager, or alarm as workers near their time limit.

In a non-hazardous warehouse or distribution center, managers can use Gen 2 technology to maintain accurate, real-time records about where workers are at any given time. Additionally, the system can be programmed to send an e-mail alert if workers are in an area or zone beyond their qualification-such as one where potentially dangerous machinery is used.

What systems do you currently have in place to ensure employees’ safety?