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Single-Pass RFID Insertion Improves Job Turnaround Times

Canadian label printer installs a ‘smart label’ system that provides traceability and reduces human error in material handling and inventory operations.

RFID (radio-frequency identification) labels are gaining popularity in Canada and the U.S. as a means to streamline processing and reduce costs. Jet Label & Packaging, an Edmonton, Canada-based producer of labels and printed tape, has installed a single-pass RFID inserting system involving an existing Mark Andy flexographic press and an RFID application unit from Tamarack.

Engineers from Mark Andy retrofitted an existing press at Jet Label’s manufacturing facility to allow room for the Tamarack components. The resulting single-pass RFID insertion involves the brief opening of label stock for RFID inlay, then relamination via finishing operations. The new system then verifies RFID function with a reader system after die-cutting.

Jet Label selected the Tamarack system for its “profiling” motion that smooths inlay feeding, allowing for insertion at increased speeds. For Jet Label, a comprehensive line configuration eliminates the need for multiple production steps. The system is applicable to a variety of usage areas, including pharmaceutical and industrial applications.

“The new RFID inserting system will immediately impact our customers, chiefly through faster turnaround times,” says Darrell Friesen, President & CEO of Jet Label & Packaging Ltd. “By combining various features and capabilities, the RFID equipment will streamline this labeling and printing niche in a precise and expedient fashion.”

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