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New technology ‘thaws’ RFID

Thursday, 12 November 2009 ( #436 ) - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
New freezer-proof RFID tags can be read through a covering of frost, humid air and wet surfaces.
New freezer-proof RFID tags can be read through a covering of frost, humid air and wet surfaces.
Now available in Australia, new freezer-proof RFID tags can be read through a covering of frost, humid air and wet surfaces, making them ideal for use in frozen goods distribution centres. Previously, RFID tags have been unreliable in a freezer environment due to the tag freezing and frost and ice reducing the read range. The latest tag, supplied by Peacock Bros in partnership with UPM Raflatac, offers a printable white synthetic face that can be printed over with an RFID thermal label printer for encrypting and printing of user readable information. Marketing manager Craig McKenzie tells Forkliftaction.com News that this is a breakthrough for large warehouses that have RFID readers on the front of forklifts as the driver doesn't need to get off and make a manual read anymore. "If RFID readers are installed onto the forklifts, then the entire process of receiving, dispatching and storing of frozen goods can be automated. This system eliminates data errors from manual input, provides a platform for instant real-time locating of products and product movement information, and reduces labour costs."
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