METAL SKIN series
Printable RFID Labels to Bring
On/Off Metal Visibility to Industrial Tracking Systems
Xerafy METAL SKIN series offers printable versatile On/Off Metal RFID labels that are engineered for superior performance in industrial systems.
The UHF RAIN RFID labels are engineered to offer tagging solutions optimized to perform on metal or plastic surfaces, offering maximum flexibility in the deployment of complex systems:
4 sizes - Printing area to incorporate readable information and barcode
On-site printing and programming with RFID printers from SATO, ZEBRA, PRINTRONIX...
Multi-surface - RF performance optimized for metal and plastic surfaces
Rugged - IP rating and industry-grade adhesive
Cost-efficient - Rolls ready for high-capacity label converting, printing, and encoding
Personalization - All labels in the METAL SKIN series can be personalized to support the deployment of your tracking solution: Encoding, Printing, Industrial Adhesives
Customizable Platform - Go further with your attachment, packaging, and form factor requirements by leveraging the Xerafy METAL SKIN series platform: Custom RFID Labels development services from Xerafy bring the technology, manufacturing, and application expertise required to design the right RFID label for your system
XERAFY MERCURY METAL SKIN
The Xerafy Mercury Metal Skin is a top-selling global RAIN RFID frequency label that works both on and off-metal.
It provides a low-cost RFID tag that is lightweight, flexible, and extremely low in profile. Its use of global RAIN RFID frequencies makes it ideal for international supply chains, and its small size allows for the printing of human and computer-readable information such as barcode and graphics.
XERAFY PLATINUM METAL SKIN
The Xerafy Platinum Metal Skin offers a market-leading read range.
Its superior design delivers industry-grade visibility, thanks to its thinnest profile, high-performance adhesive, and printable laminated material.
XERAFY TITANIUM METAL SKIN
The Xerafy Titanium Metal Skin is an Industrial RFID Label engineered to track the smallest assets.
Working both On-Metal and Off, its industry-strength adhesive brings a cost-effective RFID tracking solution for a wide range of applications from IT assets to product authentication, high-value items, and medical supplies.
HOW TO PRINT AND PROGRAM RFID LABELS
1. HOW WELL DO RFID LABELS PERFORM ON AND OFF METAL SURFACES?
Using RFID around metal assets can be tricky: Metal surfaces will be like mirrors, reflecting the energy emitted by RFID readers to power the tags, thus creating interferences. Metal assets, therefore, require the use of specialized tags called on-metal or metal-mount.
On-metal RFID labels are specifically designed to perform on metal surfaces by adding a spacer that creates a gap to shield the RF antenna from the metal. Most on-metal labels, in turn, perform poorly on non-metal surfaces such as plastics.
The award-winning Xerafy METAL SKIN labels are engineered as versatile on/off metal RFID labels, optimized to perform well on metal surfaces and industrial plastics. When read on air or unattached onto a metal item, they can be read on both sides.
2. WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SELECTING PRINTABLE ON-METAL RFID LABELS?
Most on-metal RFID labels available in the market are thicker than average due to the spacer used to shield the RF antenna from the metal surface. The extra thickness and rigidity make them hard to apply on assets and harder to feed in an on-site printer/encoder.
The Xerafy METAL SKIN labels' award-winning design allows for extremely thin and flexible profiles, delivering high performance on metal, plastics, and other industrial surfaces.
Besides thickness and printability, RFID labels will require industry-grade adhesives and durable material compatible with the application environment. RFID solutions that read the same tags in different countries with different frequency ranges will prioritize global frequency labels over regional frequencies.
3. WHAT IS THE BENDING RADIUS, HOW DOES IT AFFECT RFID READ RANGE?
A label's bend radius matters for curved surfaces and will depend on the label materials' overall thickness (including face stock material and adhesive). A consequence of bending an RFID label is that it will close its RF loop, resulting in shorten read distance performance.
Xerafy METAL SKIN labels are among the thinnest printable on-metal RFID labels available in the market, ensuring maximum adherence to surfaces. As a guideline, a label oriented horizontally would achieve 50% of its reference read-range performance with a minimum bending radius of 40mm (1.6in). Oriented vertically, the minimum bending radius would be 25mm (1in).
4. DO RFID LABELS COME ENCODED WITH UNIQUE EPC NUMBERS?
RFID Labels can be programmed with EPC numbers, either on-site or by the manufacturer. The information is stored in the label's TID memory bank and is retrieved with standard fixed or handheld readers operating at the same frequencies as the labels.
5. WHICH INDUSTRIAL PRINTERS TO USE FOR RFID LABELS?
RFID labels can be printed and programmed using industrial printers/encoders. Leading manufacturers include SATO, ZEBRA, TOSHIBA, POSTEK, PRINTRONIX.
6. HOW TO SET UP THE PRINTER AND THE LABELS?
The SATO x Xerafy User Guide provides step-by-step instructions for printing and encoding METAL SKIN labels on the CL4NX Plus.