METAL SKIN series
Printable RFID Labels to Bring
On/Off Metal Visibility to Specialized Tracking Systems
Xerafy METAL SKIN series: Smart RFID labels tracking, printable, and encodable for superior performance on and off metal.
Each passive UHF RFID sticker is engineered to offer a rugged labeling solution, optimized for metal mount and plastic surfaces, enabling maximum flexibility in the deployment of complex tracking systems:
4 Sizes - Blanks areas to incorporate readable information and barcode
Metal - RF performance optimized for metal mount as well as plastic surfaces
Rugged - IP rating and industry-grade adhesive
Cost-efficient - Rolls ready for high-capacity label converting, printing, and encoding
All the UHF RFID labels in the METAL SKIN series can be personalized by the Xerafy Service Bureau to support the deployment of smart labels tracking: Printing, Encoding, Industrial Adhesives.
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 Mercury METAL SKIN is a high-performance UHF RFID label that works on and off metal.
The cost-efficient RFID label is optimized for on-site printing and encoding thanks to its lightweight, flexible, and low-profile design. Its large printable area makes it an ideal solution for asset tracking systems that deploy RF identification alongside human and computer-readable information like barcodes and graphics.
XERAFY PLATINUM METAL SKIN
The Xerafy Platinum Metal Skin offers a market-leading UHF RFID 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 a printable UHF 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 RFID LABELS?
Most 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.
The Xerafy METAL SKIN RFID printer labels use an award-winning design that allows for extremely thin and flexible profiles while delivering high performance on metal, plastics, and other industrial surfaces.
The SATO x Xerafy User Guide provides step-by-step instructions for the printable RFID labels with the SATO CL4NX Plus printer.
WHICH INDUSTRIAL PRINTERS TO USE FOR RFID LABELS?
RFID printer labels can be printed and programmed using industrial printers. Leading manufacturers include SATO, ZEBRA, TOSHIBA, POSTEK, PRINTRONIX.
HOW TO ENCODE RFID LABELS?
DO RFID LABELS COME ENCODED WITH UNIQUE EPC NUMBERS?
The Metal Skin programmable RFID stickers by Xerafy 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.
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 programmable RFID stickers from Xerafy 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.
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.
The Xerafy METAL SKIN programmable RFID stickers 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).