RFID News Roundup: SML Launches New RFID Inlay for Retail Apparel

Originally published on rfidjournal.com

SML Group has announced the release of its GB25U8 RFID inlay. The inlay, designed for the apparel retail industry, is equipped with a Ucode 8 RFID chip from  NXP Semiconductors. The GB25U8 is available in various formats, including dry, wet, paperface and hangtag, and is compliant with  GS1‘s EPC RFID Gen2v2 standard. It supports the global UHF RFID frequencies and meets  Auburn University‘s RFID Retailer Performance Specifications, including Specs A, B, C, D, F, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, Q, W1, W2, W3, W4, W5 and W6.

According to SML, the inlay can be implemented in a majority of tagged products by retailers using RFID solutions to improve inventory accuracy, enabling them to improve the consistency and speed of stock counts. Measuring 70 millimeters by 15 millimeters (2.8 inches by 0.6 inch), the GB25U8 inlay has passed all active categories, including F, I, H, and the Ws. As a result, the company reports, the inlay is suitable for omnichannel retailers to deploy throughout their stores and supply chains. In addition to supporting apparel, footwear and home products, the tag can be used to manage other items, including cosmetics, wine and spirits, pharmaceuticals and food. Its antenna design provides both strong forward sensitivity and reverse backscatter signal, according to the company.

“Our global technology team at SML is working tirelessly to set benchmarks in RFID tag and software technology,” said Dean Frew, SML’s CTO and senior VP of RFID solutions, in a prepared statement, “so that our retail and brand owner customers who are working just as hard to transform their operations using RFID While other companies may design an inlay using the NXP Ucode 8, SML has achieved a step-function change in performance with its innovative antenna that delivers faster encoding speeds and more accurate stock counts in store and supply chain environments.”