Every RFID implementation needs peripheral devices such as RFID-enabled printers, RFID-enabled automated label applicators (also known as print and apply devices), as well as feedback components such as light stacks, horns, LED lights or LCD displays, and triggering devices such as light break sensors. These devices enhance the capabilities of an RFID system, control I/O devices, control system timing functions, and provide on/off capabilities for various business applications. Peripherals also improve human interactions with RFID hardware by assisting automatic data collection and increasing the safety of the system.
RFID printers in an automated RFID system often utilize existing print points within a manufacturing or distribution supply chain. Because many of the current Auto-ID systems use barcoding, the conversion to RFID systems will be an incremental change. The first step in enabling your current barcode printing and application points with RFID will be to obtain RFID-enabled label printers.