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Article | March 31, 2006
Turnkey RFID station
A wireless, mobile RFID solution is designed for packagers to meet mandates.
An RFID commissioning 'plug and play' solution from RBR Associate includes a mobile cart with all software (middleware) hardware training and support. Hardware includes wireless PDA (a handheld UPC code scanner) and reader-encoder. The specific brands are selected by the user; for example RBR has used Symbol handhelds and Alien readers though RBR is vendor neutral. No manual input is needed.
The screen that can be seen in the photo isolates the specially designed cart's reader-antenna from interfering with any tagged cases other than the one to be encoded that is placed on the cart's target zone. The user-selected RFID tags either Gen 1 or Gen 2 are verified when encoded. A photo database ensures proper tag positioning. The self-contained system uses a rechargeable supply that powers the station through an eight-hour shift according to RBR. Available for under $35 the system is also scalable.
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