Wherever you are coding, printing, verifying and marking: this type of identification which incorporates several technologies is the first choice with regard to productivity, reducing costs, identification and traceability. A customised interface architecture between ID4track® label, software and reader, supplied by S+P Samson, enables a simple integration into machines and communication processes along your entire production and logistics chain.
Contactless identification solution for any challenge
Whether value-added solutions, labels for any requirements or special applications: Our ID4track® labels are used wherever automatic detection, registration, storage and monitoring takes place. They also provide convincing arguments for the use of RFID in many different industries and applications because they are fast, compact, extremely versatile and have been tested under the toughest of conditions. Thanks to our extensive know-how we can optimise the characteristics of the label or tag exactly for your uses – blank or preprinted, made from film or paper, in any shape and all frequency ranges. The concept behind it: we make classical identification with labels smart and, therefore, suitable for Industrie 4.0 and IoT. The tried and tested solution!
Metallic environments, in particular, often pose great challenges for companies. These conditions frequently lead to functional restrictions of the RFID infrastructure. If transponders are attached to metallic products in the traditional way, the antenna may retune itself and, consequently, the label can no longer be read. However, in this difficult environment RFID can, in most cases, not be used with a standard solution that is suitable for all companies and all environments. This is where ID4track® labels by S+P Samson come in!
Our highly resistant OnMetal labels for metallic environments offer maximum performance and, thanks to their flexible design they are extremely robust and made up of several layers of thin material combinations. In addition to their excellent performance values, users also appreciate that they can be easily printed and customised. This means that not only can they be attached to all types of metallic substrates, they also support the transport of any type of metal and were especially designed for the direct connectivity of RFID on metal. ID4track® labels have characteristics which ensure secure manufacturing processes and a permanent documentation of the supply chain processes in virtually any industrial environment. Another great advantage: the integration in your existing RFID system is a smooth and easy process and the labels enable the asset tracking of metal plates, metal pipes, raw metals and reusable metal goods and containers.
Thanks to the extreme temperature resistance of our ID4track® high temperature labels they are ideally suited to RFID-based process optimisation in industry. To be able to withstand high temperatures suitable materials and constructions are required that provide permanent protection for the sensitive data carrier of the RFID system. We use special materials for the tags, facestock and the adhesive in combination with special and highly heat-resistant radio frequency transponders. This ensures that all information is retained in full quality during the entire manufacturing process, even in very challenging conditions and temperatures. During the cooling processes the transponder is exposed to temperatures well above 350°C. Not only does the transponder withstand the industrial soldering processes in machine construction, engine manufacture and the demanding steel industry, it also stores and transmits reliably and without any wear, while maintaining its shape, colour and functionality as well as the printed information at high temperatures. It goes without saying that we customise all of our ID4track® labels for the many different process requirements of our customers along their individual value chains.
Sterilisation and washing processes
By the end of May 2025 all medical devices covered by the “Medical Device Regulation” (MDR) which are sold in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland must be uniquely identifiable by a number sequence. And just because of this requirement alone locating and identifying instruments in the logistics cycle will be a great challenge in hospitals and in the medical sector in the future. Our innovative Clinic-ID transponders which are embedded in a silicone coating have a proven track record as a high-quality technology for improved hygiene, efficiency and productivity. This also applies to one of our favourites – container identification. Traceability and location management in combination with a suitable reader also represent high-performance and continuous quality management made by S+P Samson.
- reduced process costs
- increased efficiency
- optimisation of manufacturing processes through automation
- speedier logistics processes through bulk reading
- planning reliability for production and delivery dates
- improved reliability in quality and inspections
- more transparency during manufacture
- full traceability
- simplification of work processes
- reduced labour costs
- shorter waiting times
- access management
- metal processing and production
- railway industry and railway suppliers
- construction site management
- logistics & containers
- personal identification
- access control
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Characteristics and functions of RFID labels and tags
We develop our smart RFID labels and tags individually for your needs. Whether it is used as a tag, adhesive label or combination label: the basic construction of the RFID unit is always the same.
How the system works
The technology basically consists of three components:
- Transmission and processing system (referred to as middleware)
The data on the RFID transponder is stored and read contactless and without any visual contact. The term “transponder”, when used in the context of RFID technology, and also referred to as RFID tag, is a construct of the terms “transmit” and “response”. The integrated transponder is equipped with an antenna for radio identification and a chip for data storage; the transmission of data between transponder and RFID reader is via electromagnetic waves. The data flow is then transferred to a server where the data is reprocessed so that it can be accessed and analysed by the corresponding IT systems.
Direct contact between the components is not essential as the radio waves can penetrate virtually any material within a range of up to 12 metres.
The middleware (software, hardware and the readers)
To enable your receiver to read and write to the transponder you need software. This software will determine which data is processed. It processes any changes to the data formats and also takes care of any re-sorting. By using smart filters the data volume can also be substantially reduced as duplicate records can be removed or missing parts can be logically completed. The receivers are connected to a PC, a controller or a smartphone. The number of receivers depends on how detailed the mapping of the process chain needs to be.
S+P Samson has a developed an economical starter kit for a test run which gives you the ideal opportunity to test the RFID automation technology for your processes. It is easy to integrate it in your own applications. The starter kit includes a range of tags in different sizes and materials as well open source software and the reader.
Partnerships and network
With regard to RFID we support you as a company that is innovative, helps to shape the market and continues to develop through cooperation. We cooperate with a network of technology, integration and sales partners and distributors to ensure the highest quality! So you can benefit in three ways: from us, our partners and our extensive technological synergies.
The label materials
- tensile strength up to 250 N
- RFID inlays, adhesive bonded or attached
- weather- and UV-resistant
- temperature resistance of the RFID component well above 350 °C, the tag material up to 580 °C
- resistant to acids, cleaning agents and oil
- antistatic for thermal transfer and laser printing
- production in single sheets or rolls
- different types of materials
- custom adhesives for optimum adhesion
- standard or special formats
- can also be written on by hand
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What is RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification)?
RFID transponders have a memory which contains the fixed identity of the object and can be read an infinite number of times and encoded multiple times. On transponders with a read-write memory other information can also be stored (or the existing information can be adapted). The transponder is made up as follows: it consists of a microchip which acts as the memory, and a coupling element, the antenna. The memory enables the transmission of information via the object that was tagged (i.e. equipped with a chip), and the object also receives a uniquely identifiable number. Memory sizes currently range from a few bytes to several kilobytes.
RFID transponders can be provided in virtually any shape, material, size and colour. The specific design depends on the application. There are two basic types of transponders – active and passive RFID transponders:
- Passive transponders do not contain their own energy source. They obtain the required energy from the radio waves of the reader. Passive transponders are therefore smaller and cheaper to buy. Due to these design features passive transponders are much easier to recycle than active transponders.
- Active transponders have their own battery which remains in standby mode until a signal is received from the reader. The advantage of active transponders is that they enable working with a longer range with less field energy (emanating from the reader). When a signal is received the information of the chip content is transmitted. The obtained information is routed directly to the computer-based software (middleware) for the exchange of data. The middleware immediately processes the information and maps it on a monitor, if applicable.
The memory size of the chip also depends on the application. The memory is organised in different memory banks. Usually, a TID memory bank is selected if unique identification is required. It contains an immutable string that is unique worldwide or a codable EPC which can be freely designed with regard to its data content. The size of these memory banks is either 12 or 16 bytes. With the usual ASCII encoding, 12 or 16 characters will therefore be available to the user. If the EPC memory bank is encoded, a combination of prefix, suffix and ascending numbers can be used. In addition to simple storage there is also a range of other chip functionalities including read-only, encryption of the data content, cryptographic functionalities and many others. The individual specifications will vary with the application and the required security level.
Manufacture and printing
We develop and manufacture smart RFID transponders of the highest quality. This is not only ensured by our modern test and control systems but also through the extensive experience of our highly qualified employees. Whether it is for a technical or industrial application, we offer a huge range of options with regard to material, form, design, printing, chip and radio technology. And if a requirement is something new for us, we will develop a customised and individual solution that is right for you.
Quality and control
Before we ship your labels or tags we test all the functions and contents and then check the logs because we leave nothing to chance. We carry out a multitude of product tests to ensure that our products fully meet the requirements and, to maintain a high, consistent quality across our range:
- analysis of the surface finish
- gloss level identification
- colour identification
- climate tests
- adhesion measuring
- surface roughness measuring
- measuring the response field strength of the RFID
What you can expect:
- competent advice
- comprehensive project support
- preparation and analysis of a potential system implementation
- comprehensive project support and close cooperation with certified system partners
- we are committed to the Minimum Wage Act
- certified quality in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001:2015
- we manufacture in accordance with the REACH regulations concerning chemical substances
- we are part of “Umweltpakt Bayern”, an environmental initiative by the State of Bavaria.
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“With the logistics optimizations we achieved using the new identification system, we can now generate important extra margins. We optimise distances in our huge loading area, minimise loading errors, reduce our complaint-related costs and benefit from the fact that our customers and distributors also recognise the high-quality identification as a quality feature of BSW."
STRUCTOBOND® labels in the endurance test in the wash: “After 300 cycles the barcode and the full text on the label were still clearly legible – we were already convinced at that point. In the meantime, the test tray and the label have survived 1,800 cycles, more than four times the number of cycles a tray would normally run through during its service life."
“Where we achieved just under 200 items in 3 shifts before, we are now processing just under 440 items in the Kasto system alone – in only 1 1/2 shifts. We are achieving an adherence to delivery time of over 99 percent. This means that with only a few exceptions we are delivering without any errors and overnight as we had confirmed to our customers."
“The most important issue is the clear allocation of the material across the entire warehouse and logistics chain. This means that everybody is happy - starting with business administrators, logistics personnel, users and all the way to our customers. We will only be working with these partners in the future."
“As a chemical company we are subject to very stringent labelling obligations. Some of our products are classified as hazardous goods for transport - but not on all means of transport. With our previous labelling solutions we were beginning to reach our limits. However, we did not want an 80% solution, but a solution that integrates 100% into our logistics process." The new solution is much simpler than the previous one; it saves many manual work steps and therefore accelerates the entire process."
“We were surprised how much know-how can be in a label. It starts with the material and continues with printing systems and printout, as well as an adhesive that can be removed without residue and yet provides good adhesion. What convinced me in my purchasing role was the fact that we were able to replace the many different types of identification with one standard label, enabling us to make stockholding easier, more economical and more reliable."
“As the types of marking frequently did not last or, for instance, the text was washed away by the rain, there were delays in the warehouse or complaints from customers who were unable to allocate their parts. As a solution to this problem, Liebherr Colmar now use S+P GRAPHIPLAST® labels.“