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RFID converter automates production for mid south graphics
A B Graphic International Ltd has supplied Nashville, Tennessee based label printer, Mid South Graphics with an Omega Ti 150 RFID/EAS Converter. The system has assisted in automating the company’s RFID label and tag production.
An already well-established label printer, Mid South Graphics has invested proprietary technology into the production of RFID labels and tags and works mostly with 2-4mil Polyester RFID inlays that are supplied on rolls. These are then converted through the company’s proprietary process into pressure sensitive, die cut RFID inlays that are subsequently inserted into various grades of film and paper label stock.

When the insertion process is completed the integrity of every RFID label is verified prior to shipment. Comments Mark Davenport, President. “We have an affiliate company called RSI ID Technology. Together we developed the Presizzia TVS roll-to-roll verifying machine. When a bad label is detected, due to the fact that it will not initialise, write or read, the machine will fail it by marking the label. When the roll has finished running, the system tells us how many good as well as bad labels there are. The bad labels are then removed and replaced with good ones”. Reflecting on the challenges of entering the RFID arena Davenport continues. “We started producing RFID labels about two years ago and at that time a lot of it was done by hand. This was painful because it took a lot of labour and time to produce a quality RFID product. Most everything we do today is automated and that has improved our efficiency. This is not an easy business to be involved in and you have to keep in mind that RFID Smart Labels is an emerging technology and that means that we do not have all the answers for everything that may go wrong with a tag or label. This is bothersome at times, but if you are committed to participating in this industry it is par for the course. RFID has opened another market area for us and we produce labels and tags for just about anything you can buy at Walmart, Target and Albertsons. We also export to Asia and Europe and see the future market for RFID as bright and promising.

“We purchased the Omega Ti150 to achieve high-speed RFID insertion and accommodate large orders that have to be produced on a daily basis. We run at up to 55 metres/min. The most important thing that we have experienced with the Ti150 is the fast set-up and ease of use. Our operators are comfortable with the machine and we are very happy with the training provided by A B Graphic International Ltd personnel who spent five days with us and gave us plenty of time to experiment with the machine” concludes Davenport.

Mid South Graphics is one of the USAs leading suppliers of UHF class O & O + RFID label products and can be contacted on 1-800-280-1305.

The Omega Ti 150 RFID and EAS Converter from A B Graphic International Ltd offers an entry level solution for RFID & EAS integration in labels and packaging. The company also recently introduced the Omega 1600 RFID/EAS Converter that comprises 28” diameter unwind and de-lamination and re-lamination unit with a liner compensation system capable of accepting RFID, EAS and similar inlays. The lamination unit with carrier rewind configured for unwinding of RFID tags and rewinding of the static liner can also be used as a standard lamination module. A second lamination unit with carrier rewind provides for over lamination of the web. Die cutting is provided through a single rotary die base that includes matrix stripping and two die positions. The second die position can be supplied to provide for sheet delivery. The line is completed by an Omega rewind module with nip roller drive, scissor slitting, cross web adjustment and independently driven, pneumatic rewind mandrel that includes labels in, labels out selection and web advance arm for accurate placement of rewind cores.
April 2005
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