Self serialisation functionality for SATO RFID printers
It is becoming increasingly important to be able to identify objects uniquely and unmistakably across many sectors including retail, garment and industrial production environments. Having access to detailed product information allows conclusions to be drawn in the product chain in case of complaints in order to optimise processes and to protect against counterfeits. Until now, issuing and administering serial numbers has confronted users with technical challenges and was costly because it required special software and databases or manual administration using spreadsheets. These expenses are now no longer necessary.
SATO’s advancement is based on a standard recently ratified by the major RFID chip manufacturers, which specifies the unique transponder identification numbers (TIDs) entered in the chips during the fabrication process. This standard, titled "Multi-Vendor Chip-based Serialisation" (MCS), facilitates coding in accordance with the Serialised Global Trade Item Number format SGTIN96. This format appends a 38-bit serial number to the 14-digit GTIN number (previously known as European Article Number, EAN-13) so that every item has a unique number.
With the new CL4 firmware, companies can automatically issue SGTIN numbers, administer them and write them to RFID chips. For this purpose, the software reads the TIDs programmed into the chips by the manufacturer and uses them to generate unique item numbers. The CL4 series with the new firmware currently supports the following RFID chip types: Impinj Monza 4 and 5, Alien Higgs 3 and 4, and NXP G2iL.
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