SMARTRAC has announced the WebLite tag, which measures less than two by 0.75 inches, but has the same read-range as a standard three-inch UHF RFID tag. The new small tag can be read both on the shelf and when packed away at a warehouse or distribution center. Although smaller tags do exist, they have a much more limited read range than the WebLite tag. This makes the WebLite inlay perfect for labeling small or fragile products like jewelry or silk garments, which can be obscured or damaged by larger tags. The tag is also ideal for reading a high volume of products, and for dealing with close coupling: when RFID-tagged items are stacked in close proximity to one another.
The WebLite inlay contains a tiny antenna measuring 1.8 by 0.6 inches (46 x 15 mm) and the highly sensitive Impinj Monza 5 RFID chip, which allow for the tag’s greater-than-normal read range.
The WebLite tag was thoroughly tested by major U.S. retailers currently using RFID. Macy’s, for example, used the tag to track cookware, kitchen electronics, denim products, and women’s intimate apparel. JC Penney and Walmart also tested the tag, which has been in production for over a month and is currently available from r-pac International Corporation.
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