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August 30, 2012

FFNA Releases Fujitsu Washable WT-A521 and WT-A522 UHF-Band RFID Tags

A provider of innovative technology and front-end solutions, Fujitsu (News - Alert) Frontech North America (FFNA) has announced the new Fujitsu Washable WT-A521 and WT-A522 UHF-Band RFID, or radio frequency identification, tags.

The new UHF RFID tags exemplify the Fujitsu methodology of applying its cutting edge technologies to develop breakthrough solutions that address real world needs, said Pat Cathey, senior vice president of Retail Products Group at FFNA, adding that “With our new A521/A522 tag (News - Alert), we can now offer a single tag solution universally for both garments and flat linens.”

In addition to featuring newest materials and antenna design, the new series of ultra-rugged RFID tags is made to withstand 60 bar of extraction pressure. Plus, it’s expected to improve reading range 30 percent to 70 percent over the previous version.

Calling the introduction of the new WT-A522 high pressure tag a key to expanding the company’s markets in Europe and the Middle East, Anne de Boer, president at Textilligence, a master distributor in the EME region for Fujitsu, said that the initial testing of the tag is showing a significant breakthrough in reading reliability when scanned by the new Laundry Container Scanning Portal.

“This allows our laundry customers significant improvement in total system accuracy, while easily managing laundry logistics in very tight spaces of most industrial laundry environments,” Boer said.

The high pressure UHF RFID tags are “extremely flexible, soft and durable,” ideal for flat linens and garments, said company officials. And, the ultra-rugged design and materials of the tag are intended for long deployment cycles. Company officials said that due to this, tag can be reused into another linen item within the intended life-cycle time, which reduces total cost of ownership.

Fujitsu’s UHF RFID tags permit the scanning hundreds of articles simultaneously in seconds with a reading range of more than six feet, according to company officials.

Earlier this month, FFNA selected Cincom Systems’ Cincom Acquire to improve its configuration and quotation processes.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

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