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Is there a difference between RFID Inlays, RFID Tags, and RFID Labels?

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a technology that uses wireless communication and radiofrequency waves to identify objects, people, or animals and then collect, store, and transfer data. RFID systems offer step-by-step tracking without the need for the reader device to be in direct line of sight of the item being tracked.

RFID Inlays are like tags but are smaller in size and only contain the antenna and chip. RFID inlays are typically used by being embedded in something like a card or label. Inlays can be passive or active and require a shorter distance to be read from the reader device.

RFID tags contain a chip used to store and transmit data and have an antenna. They are small and can be integrated into an object that needs to be tracked such as a store product. RFID tags can be read from several meters from an RFID reader device. Active tags require a battery, while passive tags do not.

RFID labels are typically used in the retail or healthcare sector and include a printed surface where barcodes or text can be incorporated. RFID labels can either be passive or active and read up to a medium distance by the reader device.

Learn more about the Difference Between RFID Inlays, RFID Tags, RFID Labels, and ask about Tamarack’s® P500 RFID inlay insertion equipment to easily integrate RFID tags, inlays, and labels into your web finishing processes.


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