METAL SKIN series
Superior Visibility At Every Step Of High-Performance Supply Chains
METAL SKIN SERIES
Xerafy METAL SKIN series, award-winning printable RFID labels at the service of high-performance supply chains
WHAT TO EXPECT
+ Versatile on and off-metal
+ Printer compatibility
+ Global frequency
+ Slimmest profile, flexible and lightweight
PRINTING & ENCODING
Our customers encode and print Xerafy Metal Skin labels on a variety of industrial barcode and RFID printers from Sato, Zebra, Toshiba, Printronix, Postek.
1. HOW ARE METAL SKIN LABELS DIFFERENT FROM CURRENT LABELS ON THE MARKET?
Current metal tags available in the market are designed with a spacer (sufficient air gap) to shield the tag antenna from the metal resulting in a certain thickness. Most of these tags are also rigid, inflexible and are relatively high cost. Metal Skin labels, on the other hand, are extremely thin, flexible and low priced.
2. HOW VERSATILE AND EFFECTIVE ARE METAL SKIN?
Metal Skin labels are designed to offer extreme versatility. If read on air or unattached onto a metal item, they can be read on both sides. They can also be read on and off metal surfaces. The global frequency design of Metal Skin allows applications that require the same tag to be read in different countries with different frequency ranges.
3. WHAT IS THE READ DISTANCE OF METAL SKIN?
Metal Skin labels can be read up to 13ft (4m) on metal and up to 16 ft (5 m) off metal.
4. WHAT IS THE FREQUENCY RANGE OF METAL SKIN?
Metal Skin labels are designed to respond over the global frequency range, including US, Europe, and Japan from 860-960MHz.
5. WHAT IS THE BEND RADIUS OF THE TAG AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE TAG’S READ RANGE?
Metal Skin labels are the thinnest printable RFID labels available in the market that can be applied directly onto metal surfaces.
The more the tag is bent, the shorter the reading distance. For the purpose of determining a guideline, we’ve defined acceptable performance as 50 percent of the expected performance. If the tag is horizontally oriented, the minimum bending radius is 1.6 in (40 mm). If the tag is vertically oriented, the minimum bending radius is 1 in (25 mm).
Tagging exceeding these recommended ranges will not only affect performance but will also physically damage the tag which could result in a shortened life-span.
6. HOW THIN IS THE METAL SKIN?
The thickness of Metal Skin labels is 0.026 in (0.66 mm) and 0.03 in (0.8 mm) respectively. Due to Metal Skin’s unique design, the thickness of the adhesive should not exceed 0.006 in (0.15 mm). There is no constraint on the thickness of the face-stock material.
7. WHAT FORM FACTORS ARE METAL SKIN LABELS AVAILABLE IN?
Metal Skin labels are available in three different form factors: Mercury, Platinum, and Titanium. The current inlay measures 3.5 x 1.2 in (90 x 30 mm) while the label measures 4 x 1.5 in (101 x 38 mm).
8. DO METAL SKIN COME ENCODED WITH UNIQUE EPC NUMBERS?
Metal Skin labels use an Impinj Monza4QT IC that does not come with pre-programmed EPC numbers; therefore all ICs have the same number by default. These tags still contain unique numbers stored in the TID memory banks. Customers can use this bank to differentiate one tag from another. Depending on the reader or handheld in use, the numbers in this memory bank can be easily retrieved. Metal Skin labels can be encoded with different EPC numbers if needed, either by the customer or by Xerafy.
9. ARE METAL SKIN COMPATIBLE WITH INDUSTRY STANDARD PRINTERS?
Printing and encoding Metal Skin labels can be done on industry-standard printers. As Metal Skin labels are thicker than traditional inlays, there might be a need to tweak a couple of parameters in the printer setting.