Automatic label applicators are used for integration of RFID into an automated process. They can typically print on the face of the label and encode the RFID tag that is embedded within it. Then this label is placed in a predetermined location on objects as they pass. Speeds vary according to the technology used and the application method employed.
There are two main types of RFID encoder printer applicators or automated printing code and apply devices:
• Pneumatic piston label applicators, also called tamp or blow applicators, have a pneumatic tamp head that pushes labels onto the object at a precise moment to ensure specific placement with every label.
INSIDE OF AN RFID PRINTER
• Wipe on label applicators simply present the tag adhesive side toward the package at the proper time in the manufacturing line for the adhesive side to grab the side of the object to adhere the media in the same spot on the side of the box every time.
Setup and configuration of automatic label applicators involves same installation procedures as a smart label printer, with addition of a few extra steps:
• Immediately after connecting the unit to power, connect it to an air supply that meets the manufacturer’s specifications.
• During the configuration portion of the installation, special adjustments may need to be made to reflect the proper timing of the application process, position and orientation of the label, stroke of the pneumatic assembly, and pressure to be exerted on the label. These settings are specific to the manufacturer, so be sure to consult the manual while installing the unit.