Zebra Technologies Printer Offers RFID Encoding
The Zebra R110Xi4 printer offers features designed to reduce the cost of radio-frequency identification (RFID) such as on-pitch encoding and variable inlay placements.Specialty printing and automatic identification solutions specialist Zebra Technologies announced its first high performance RFID printer/encoder designed to address the RFID market for high-volume item-level tagging. The R110Xi4 offers features such as item-level tracking, asset tracking, inventory management and more across retail, manufacturing, health care and distribution channels. The company said the RXi4 benefits organizations by reducing RFID media costs by up to 10 percent. By providing a printer/encoder with Zebra's exclusive patent-pending Adaptive Encoding technology, the RXi4 can detect the RFID inlay position within the label and automatically configure the printer/encoder without having to manually calibrate for the inlay, which Zebra said helps ensure tag accuracy.
According to a recent survey from VDC, average corporate investment in RFID solutions is expected to grow by more than 200 percent over the next year to nearly $7 million in 2011. This increase can be attributed to spillover demand from retail to manufacturing, health care and other industries for item-level tracking to better monitor inventory levels and track assets, noted Zebra product manager Carolyn Ricci.