In an effort to further accelerate RFID adoption in retail, SML Group has unveiled two tag inlays for high-volume retail applications. The GB3_R6 and MAZE_R6 inlays are based on the Impinj Monza R6 chip, which combines breakthrough features and unprecedented performance. The inlays are designed to bring retailers and brand owners significantly improved read ranges across wider angles of orientation, particularly in the dense tag populations typically found in high volume applications.
The improved orientation features not only improve read rates on hanging garments, but also will accelerate the use of RAIN RFID in an EAS loss prevention environment.
“We continue to expand our inlay portfolio based on our own in house designs,” says Philip Calderbank, vice president of global RFID for SML Group. “These new inlays offer increased sensitivity and help bring a stable rate of read performance when our RAIN RFID stickers and hang tags are attached to difficult product categories, such as those that are stacked closely together or when the product is displayed on metal shelving. We are also excited about the improved orientation features because it helps when reading tags on hanging garments, but also helps accelerate the use of RAIN RFID in an EAS loss prevention environment.”
The GB3_R6 is designed as a medium sized inlay at 50x30mm (1.97×1.18in) that is ideally suited for a wide variety of orientation modes – greatly improving readability in real-world applications. Backscatter performance has also been improved for longer read ranges, especially when using hand-held readers and older readers with lower receiver sensitivities. The GB3_R6 is ideal for item/asset tracking including denim, poly bags, apparel tags and boxed items.
The MAZE_R6 is designed as a large sized inlay at 68x14mm (2.68×0.55in) and features enhanced antenna architecture with improved forward and reverse link performance – resulting in greater overall read ranges, especially in dense tag populations. The MAZE_R6 is ideal for item/asset tracking including pallet placards, cases, denim, poly bags, apparel tags and boxed items.
Additional features include AutoTune™ Technology, which dramatically improves inlay responsiveness by automatically and continually re-tuning the on-chip radios to compensate for changing environmental conditions, including the effects of nearby materials like fabrics, packaging and fixtures; TagFocus™, which suppresses previously read inlays to enable fast capture of inlay data; and FastID™, which enables a high-speed multi-volume encoding process with quick write speeds of 1.6 ms for 32 bits.