Everything You Need to Know About Custom RFID Tags

RFID tracking has earned its place as a leading automation solution since it supports 99.99% operational visibility with simultaneous scans of multiple tags for faster workflows and real-time inventory management. RFID scanning not only allows you to capture barcodes without a line of sight, but it also empowers teams to update printed tags with new information easily. By taking less effort to process data, RFID scanning improves productivity with greater efficiency and less labor costs. Moreover, Zebra’s custom RFID tags allow businesses to design a tracking system that adapts to their space and meets unique compliance standards. To accomplish this, every tag is crafted with:

  • Pre-tested materials to ensure consistent quality in every roll.
  • Compliance with ISO 9001 for proper inlay placement. 
  • The latest chip technology.
  • Inlays designed by leading brands. 
  • Over thirty years of development expertise to ensure labels don’t damage the printer. 

3 Factors That Will Impact Your RFID Label

Although there are many important factors to keep in mind when designing your label, the following three are the most important:

  1. Inlay Size – Larger RFID inlays will enable longer read ranges. 
  2. Type of Reader Deployed – Depending on which reader you choose –handheld, fixed, or overhead– tags may need to be adjusted since readers serve different use cases. 
  3. Material Surface and Environment – Challenging surfaces such as corrugated boxes, glass, and curved surfaces may call for diminished read ranges, affecting your tag. 

Your solution provider should also conduct a site assessment to check for challenging spaces, such as tall ceilings or thick metal walls, that may alter your solution’s performance.

What Can You Customize in Your Zebra RFID Tag?

To best accomplish your unique goals, Zebra’s RFID tags can be customized to change:

  • Label size and configuration
  • Label composition 
  • Colors, graphics, and logos (capabilities differ by geography)
  • Inlay brands 
  • Compatibility with challenging surfaces such as metal and liquid-filled containers

Explore more capabilities in our RFID label portfolio

How to Start Designing Your Tag

The first step to designing your custom RFID tag will be to meet with an RFID specialist and evaluate your workflows. Your qualified solution provider will verify crucial solution questions such as:

  • How long does the label need to last?
  • What environments will the label be exposed to? 
  • How much memory is required from the inlay?
  • What kinds of products are being tagged?
  • What is your encoding/printing capability?

After thoroughly evaluating your workflows, your teams can procure an RFID label that thrives in your environment and raises accuracy rates without overwhelming your workforce.