Nowadays, many industries have begun to use RFID labels as a way of cargo management. They are of various types and have different attributes. Although most RFID tags follow international standard protocols, such as EPCglobal Gen2, ISO 18000-6C standards. But there is a difference in quality, why is this?

The reason is that there are many factors that affect label performance. Even if the frequencies and technical protocols are exactly the same, they may behave differently under production conditions and usage environments. So, how to choose a suitable RFID tag, and what should be paid attention to when buying RFID tags?

Of course, if your time is precious, you can also choose a suitable supplier to solve this big problem. Newbega has specialized in the manufacture and sales of RFID products for 20 years, we stand out in the industry with the best quality products and excellent service. The following article will let you understand all the conditions and methods of using RFID tags in detail.

Please select the appropriate RFID tag according to the five aspects, such as materials, application environment, etc., so that you can quickly find out what kind of information you need.

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Understand the Characteristics of High-quality RFID labels Materials 

First of all, we have to have a basic understanding of the materials of RFID tags. Generally speaking, RFID tags are composed of covering materials, inlays, adhesive layers and release paper. It is necessary to know what material you need according to the application environment of the label. If the security requirements of the label are high, then a “chip” with high security performance must be selected. If the application environment is complicated and the label is easy to fall off, you need to choose glue with good viscosity or other installation methods.

rfid labels

It may be a waste of time to write down all the materials of RFID tags, but it is much more convenient to measure by characteristics as a standard. The following are all the characteristics of materials:

Strength An important indicator of the load-bearing capacity of the material itself.

-Hardness and Elasticity These two indicators refer to the flexibility of the material after bearing weight. Hardness represents the material’s ability to stretch. Elasticity reflects the ability of a material to return to its original shape and size.

-Extensibility Indicates the degree to which a material deforms or can be stretched.

-Toughness Indicates the ability of a material to absorb energy during plastic deformation and fracture.

When choosing label materials, you need to consider more:

-Materials suitable for the application environment

– Effect of the material itself on the RF signal

– Cost effectiveness and return on investment

– Is it convenient to purchase and produce

– Whether the label can be protected from environmental damage

– How durable the label is

– Replacement cost of tags

At the same time, after understanding the characteristics, you need to know the environment used by the label.

It is also Necessary to Understand the Application Environment of RFID Tags

When choosing RFID tags, environmental factors are also an integral part, and we also need to know how to use suitable RFID tags in harsh environments.

waterproof rfid tag
waterproof rfid tag

For example, under high temperature conditions, heat resistant labels are required. If the RFID tag will be used outdoors, it must be able to withstand the changing weather outdoors, that is to say, it must be waterproof and moisture-proof. If you want to use it on a metal surface, you must choose an anti-metal label.

When developing new RFID tags, professional label manufacturers must consider application requirements. This will directly affect the use of label materials. Rigid materials may not be suitable for all applications. And some soft materials may not provide proper protection for labels. Most tags are manufactured with sufficient testing to ensure they are sensitive enough for actual use.

When selecting RFID tags, the following environmental impacts need to be considered:

-Application environment temperature and humidity

-Medium for storage environment

-The cleanliness of the environment

-Whether it is used under conditions of chemical exposure

-Whether it is affected by radiation interference

-Use it outdoors or indoors

At the same time, we also need to know the impact of the installation system on the RFID tags.

Understand the Impact on RFID tags when Installing the System

Sometimes, the source of the failure may not be due to an error in the label itself, but due to an installation error. For example, although the RFID label itself can work at high temperatures, the adhesive on the back cannot work at high temperatures, so it will fall off at high temperatures. Mounting labels with adhesive backing is commonly used, but there are many other safer methods, such as using nails and epoxy glue.

But in addition, there are also some tags that are specially designed and require specific antennas or installation angles to meet some special circumstances. Only by taking solutions according to local conditions can they ensure their normal use.

According to the label packaging method, RFID tags can also be divided into the following installation methods:

Stickup: The label itself has a sticky adhesive tape or adhesive layer. They are also called RFID stickers or card labels, which are the most common.

pigeon leg tag
Labels Applied to Livestock Management

Hanging type: Use the rope or chain attached to the label to hang the label in a certain position, such as tag tags, attendance cards and tag cards

Nails: Some tags are fixed with screws or rivets, which are suitable for large tags, such as anti-metal tags, card tags, and ABS tags.

Embedded: Attach to the metal by opening holes in the metal or making the label into a sawtooth or screw pattern, such as anti-metal labels, self-adhesive labels, or card labels.

And the next step is the penultimate step, understanding the type of label you need.

Know What Type of Label you Need!

In many cases, you need to make an accurate judgment on the RFID tags you need. Only when you are sure what you want, can you make exact requirements for label manufacturers or suppliers, which not only saves time, but also reduces costs in one step. But for novices or people who don’t know much about RFID tags, they may not be able to determine the type they need at one time, so we have sorted out the following ten questions to help you understand your needs.

-What frequency band does the RFID tag need to work in?

There are three types of tags, namely low frequency, high frequency and ultra high frequency.

-How much storage space do RFID tags need?

The maximum storage space can reach 16KB

-What are the security requirements for RFID tags?

It is used for payment and important identification, which belongs to a higher level of security, and usually uses a desfire chip. For ordinary NFC business cards with low security level, Ntag chip is usually used.

-What reading distance does the end user need?

The reading distance is related to the power of the chip, coil and reader. The reading distance of the nearest high-frequency chip is about 2 cm, and the reading distance of the farthest UHF chip can reach 10 meters.

-What is the maximum and minimum size and ideal size for an RFID tag?

mini rfid tag
mini rfid tag

The size is usually determined according to the usage scenario. The smallest RFID tag is an animal glass tube tag, which can reach 8mm, and the smallest RFID sticker is 5mm

-What standards do RFID tags need to follow?

High frequency protocols include ISO 14443A ISO14443B ISO15693. UHF protocols include ISO 18000-6C

-What kind of environment do RFID tags need to adapt to?

High temperature environment, industrial high temperature cleaning 200 times, strong acid and alkali environment. There are different labels to deal with.

-What surface is the RFID tag mounted on and how is it fixed?

Metal surface-anti-metal label, animal body-animal glass tube label, mobile phone case back-NFC label with 3M glue, wood management-nail label, logistics transportation-metal cable tie label.

-What is the budget for purchasing labels?

Regarding the budget, we can conveniently track the whole process of animals from birth to sale in the animal ear tag solution, which can save a lot of manpower and material costs.

In the end, picking a good supplier is crucial.

Understand Why you should Choose Newbega Company as a Reliable Supplier!

It is very important to choose a reliable RFID tag manufacturer and supplier! If you choose an unreliable supplier, you may encounter the following problems:

-Labels vary in quality, but are expensive.

-Improper label design with color difference.

-Delivery is not on time, resulting in loss.

– Poor after-sales service, problems cannot be solved in time.

And choose a reliable supplier, these problems can be solved. Newbega company is good at making various styles of RFID labels, and has sufficient experience in the specific application of labels. At the same time, we have RFID Sticker Catalog for customers to choose suitable RFID tags, If necessary, click on the envelope icon on the right to contact us.

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