Choose a RFID tag for your situation and environment

Once you identify your labeling requirements, it’s time to pick the right RFID tag.

There are literally hundreds of tags from which to choose, some of which are more expensive than others. Usually companies require consulting in selecting the right RFID tag since the price varies depending upon the type and volume. For example, metal-mount and rugged RFID tags are more expensive than RFID wet inlays or RFID labels. Likewise, the cost per tag increases when quantities decrease.

While manufacturers offer various tag combinations, each also provides basics commonly used to identify and track assets and inventory. These include:

* Standard RFID tags work best on non-metal surfaces upon which tags are directly attached. Available in different sizes and shapes, these tags offer read ranges of up to 20 feet. Standard RFID tags are ideal for plastic surfaces.
* Metal mount RFID tags use foam adhesive, which reduces RF interference. Ideal for metal surfaces, these tags have a read range of 5-6 feet.
* RFID hang tags are not placed directly onto items. Instead, fasteners such as plastic ties attach to the item. Hang tags are easy to remove and reattach.
* RFID windshield tags can transmit from 18 feet or more. That’s why they are used to control access to gated communities and parking garages and to collect tolls.
* RFID folded tab tags are a great alternative to metal mount tags and typical inlays/tags for items with limited space. These tags have a read range of up to 20 feet.
* RFID hard tags are designed for heavy-duty use because of their resistance to impact and water subversion. You may affix these tags using mechanical fasteners or adhesives. Their design provides a long read range.

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