RFID labels are printable, programmable stickers that are the perfect solution for tracking inventory, assets, and other critical items.
Rugged and easy to use, the Xerafy METAL SKIN series RFID labels will provide accurate data and help streamline your supply chain process.
The RFID stickers are engineered to offer a rugged labeling solution optimized for metal and plastic surfaces, enabling maximum flexibility in deploying complex tracking systems.
“These innovative products help industry players reap the enormous benefits of EPC/RFID and make cost-effective tracking of metallic items a reality.”
All the RFID stickers in the METAL SKIN series can be printed and encoded by the Xerafy Service Bureau
to support the deployment of smart labels tracking
Blanks areas to incorporate readable information and barcode
A thin and flexible design optimized for on-site printing and programming
RF performance optimized for industrial surfaces: Metal, Plastics, Wood
IP rating and industry-grade adhesives
Rolls ready for high-capacity label converting, printing, and encoding
Printing, Encoding, Industrial Adhesives
All the UHF RFID labeling solutions in the METAL SKIN series can be personalized
to support the deployment of smart labels tracking
Thermal transfer: Barcode, QR code, logo, serial numbers...
Custom options: Industrial adhesives,
RFID labeling is deployed in specialized supply chains to enable passive UHF RFID and barcode identification:
The METAL SKIN series labels are all standard passive UHF (Ultra High Frequency) tags that comply with EPCglobal Gen2v2 and ISO 18000-63 standards, also referred to as RAIN RFID.
A wide range of fixed and handheld RFID readers is available, with frequencies and antenna polarization matching the labels’ to ensure compatibility and optimal performance.
RFID Stickers, labels, and inlays are all commonly used for inventory tracking, supply chain management, and asset tracking. RFID stickers and labels are meant to be attached to objects or surfaces, while RFID inlays are designed to be embedded within an object or material.
They differ in the materials used in their construction:
An RFID inlay is simply an RFID Chip (IC), Antenna, and Substrate mounted on a film face (typically a durable material such as polyester or polypropylene). A “Wet Inlay” is one that has adhesive on the base. Otherwise, it’s known as a Dry Inlay.
An RFID label features a printable face stock material on top of an inlay. An RFID sticker will see an adhesive base added to a label. They are usually made of paper or plastic.
Generally, the cost per label ranges from a few cents up to a dollar for smart labels tracking solutions like the Xerafy METAL SKIN.
Cost depends on several factors such as the quantity ordered and the size of the label. An RFID label supplier or manufacturer will be able to provide a specific quote based on the requirements.
Most on metal RFID labels available in the market are thicker than average due to the spacer used to shield the RF antenna from the metal surface. The extra thickness and rigidity make them hard to apply on assets and harder to feed in an on-site printer.
The Xerafy METAL SKIN RFID printer labels use an award-winning design that allows for extremely thin and flexible profiles while delivering high performance on metal, plastics, and other industrial surfaces.
The SATO x Xerafy User Guide provides step-by-step instructions for the printable RFID labels with the SATO CL4NX Plus printer.
RFID printable labels can be printed and programmed using industrial printers. Leading manufacturers include SATO, ZEBRA, TOSHIBA, POSTEK, PRINTRONIX.
The SATO CL4NX Plus and ZEBRA ZT410/411/400 series are Industrial RFID thermal printers widely used in the field, with the printer settings adjusted to the label thickness.
Using standard RFID on metal assets can be tricky: Metal surfaces will be like mirrors, reflecting the energy emitted by RFID readers to power the labels, thus creating interferences. Metal assets, therefore, require specialized stickers called on-metal or metal-mount.
On-metal RFID stickers are specifically designed to perform on metal surfaces by adding a spacer that creates a gap to shield the RF antenna from the metal. Most on-metal labels, in turn, perform poorly on non-metal surfaces such as plastics.
Xerafy’s METAL SKIN series of RFID stickers are optimized to perform well on both metal surfaces and industrial plastics. Moreover, when read on air or unattached onto a metal item, they can be read on both sides.
A consequence of bending an RFID sticker is that it will close its RF loop, resulting in shortened read distance performance.
A sticker’s bend radius matters for curved surfaces and will depend on the materials’ overall thickness (including face stock material and adhesive).
The Xerafy METAL SKIN stickers are among the thinnest printable on-metal RFID labels available in the market, ensuring maximum adherence to surfaces.
As a guideline, a label oriented horizontally would achieve 50% of its reference read-range performance with a minimum bending radius of 40mm (1.6in). Oriented vertically, the minimum bending radius would be 25mm (1in).
Programmable RFID stickers feature a chip that can be encoded with data, allowing for flexibility in how the labels can be used.
For instance, the Xerafy METAL SKIN RFID labels can be programmed with EPC numbers, either on-site or by the manufacturer. The information is stored in the label’s TID memory bank and is retrieved with standard fixed or handheld readers operating at the same frequencies as the labels.