RFID Steam Testing

RFID Steam Testing

When it comes to apparel retailing, wrinkles can have a huge impact on sales. With manufacturers based across the globe, it is no surprise that once a box of merchandise is opened the garments inside can look a little different from the original concept. These creases and folds, no matter how small, have the potential to put off customers. After all, who would want to part with their hard-earned money to purchase a garment that looks far from pristine?

That’s why for many years stores have ensured their items are steamed before they are put on display. However, this has the potential to create more problems for retailers, particularly those who have invested in RFID, as tags can be destroyed or deactivated by high temperatures and pressure during this process.

At Checkpoint we have been developing solutions to help retailers succeed for over 50 years. We go beyond simply creating a product, we ensure the items we manufacture are robustly tested to meet the needs of our retail customers.

Ensuring RFID can withstand the steam test

As RFID becomes more widely adopted by retailers around the world, there are now an increasing number of suppliers selling inferior products. These labels are easily deactivated when subjected to retail manufacturing processes such as steaming, rendering the technology useless and negating the investment stores have put into improving their inventory accuracy.

Our RFID tags and inlays are put through a series of robust tests to ensure they function in the retailer manufacturing environment. Our steam tunnel test was developed to imitate the conditions inside an industrial clothing “wrinkle remover”, so that we can prove to our customers that both the appearance and performance of our RFID apparel tags are not affected by steam. Importantly, we use test apparatus that exposes our labels to the same temperature and moisture conditions produced by a commercial steam tunnel system. As a result, our RFID labels have been tested to ensure they are capable of withstanding ‘real scenario’ temperatures of 100˚C at a pressure of 0.69 BAR for a duration of three minutes.

Following the “wrinkle removal” process, the sensitivity of our RFID inlays remained consistent, with no impact on their technical performance.

We are aware that our customers also need reassurance that their branding isn’t going to be affected by the steaming process, so in addition to inlay performance, we test our tags with finished designs and logos, to ensure the integrity of the brand is not negatively impacted. Thanks to our in-house manufacturing, the print quality and branded base stock remain fully readable after the steam test – something not all suppliers can claim.

When it comes to wrinkles, our labels can withstand the elevated temperatures that garments go through before being sent to store. So, if you’re looking for a supplier that can deliver quality RFID labels that meet your requirements, please contact us.

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About Checkpoint Systems

A division of CCL Industries, Checkpoint Systems is the only vertically integrated RF/RFID solution provider for retail. With consumer demands accelerating at an extraordinary rate driven by technology, Checkpoint delivers intelligent solutions – bringing clarity and efficiency into the retail environment anytime, anywhere. Through a unique offering of software, hardware, labels, tags and connected cloud-based solutions, Checkpoint optimizes retail operations and efficiencies with real-time intuitive data delivered throughout the supply chain and in-store resulting in improved profitability and an enriched consumer experience. Checkpoint’s intelligent retail solutions are built upon 50 years of radio frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and loss prevention solutions, market-leading software, RFID hardware and comprehensive labeling capabilities to brand, secure and track merchandise from source to shelf.