Webinar: RFID for Returnable Transit Items(RTIs) – April 2020 – Americas

Join Confidex, the leading provider of Industrial RFID tags and labels, in this interactive Webinar and Q&A session focused on RFID tagging of Returnable Transit Items (RTIs).


Plastic RTIs:

Companies use plastic pallets, totes, or containers to transport raw materials, parts, sub-assemblies or finished goods worldwide.  These containers are re-used thousands of times, travel millions of miles over diverse environmental conditions, and then endure industrial wash cycles to prep them for their next journey.  RFID tags and labels not only need to perform but remain attached.

Metal RTIs:

Metal racks, pallets, shipping containers, tanks, cylinders, and kegs are re-used over many years and built to withstand a beating.  RFID tags and on-metal labels must be capable of withstanding the same punishment and optimized to work on metal.


Webinar agenda

  1. Confidex Welcome
  2. RTI Classification & Characteristics
  3. Environmental aspects
  4. Tag selection and success stories
  5. Solutions package
  6. Q&A

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Q&A of RTIs

Q: Hello, when you have two tags do you match the EPC or do you use software to associate them to a specific RTI?
A: As RTIs are commonly tagged with more than one RFID tag, the tag encoding typically will have an “A Side” and “B Side” to distinguish between the two tags. Sometimes, this is not possible for software systems and the tags have identical EPC encoding (though TID will always differ).

Q: What do you do if you have more than 2 columns of totes when trying to read multiples?
A: For most plastic totes, the RFID labels/tags have no challenges being read through multiple layers. In some cases where there is high carbon content in the plastic totes, this will prove challenging and totes must be stacked specially.

Q: Can you please address your power assist RFID tags?
A: BAP (Battery Assisted Passive) RFID tags are used to extend read distance and provide sensing capabilities to RAIN RFID tags. Confidex Survivor B is our flagship BAP tag for RTI applications and is useful for locating RTIs over long distances including laydown/ construction yards and the detection through large doorways such as those found in airplane hangers.

Q: How would you go about embedding a tag into an injection molded product?
A: Confidex has several NFC and RAIN RFID tags/labels/inlays which can be embedded into various plastic types. Please contact our sales team to learn more and discuss your specific application.

Q: Do you provide sw or your tags, etc can be used with 3rd party sw?
A: Confidex tags are compatible with all leading software platforms.

Q: Is your dual-frequency label based on a single dual-frequency chip/inlay or two chips/inlays?
A: Confidex Dual Frequency label is utilizing a single chip with shared memory which allows communication with both NFC/HF and UHF/RAIN.

Q: What are specific FDA requirements for labels attached to returnable containers that go through cleaning and sterilization?
A: FDA requirements for Packaging & Food Contact Substances (FCS) and also applications Near Food Contact Substances (NFCS) vary greatly by application. Generally, labels must be affixed in a permanent manner and cleaned sufficiently to prevent harmful bacteria.

Q: How do you address high-volume embedding challenges?
A: Confidex provides several label and hard-tag formats to support your existing tooling for embedding of our RFID products.

Q: Does Confidex support tags to be read within ISO containers?
A: Confidex supports ISO container tagging including multilevel tagging.

Q: What is the best tag for wooden pallets?
A: Wooden pallets vary in structure and application. Please contact the Confidex sales team to identify the best label or hard tag for your wooden pallet application.

Q: Do you have an RFID tag with an LED and it also has a temp sensor? If so, does the tag store the data and then send it when it is interrogated?
A: Confidex has RAIN RFID, BLE, and NFC tags which support temperature tracking. Several of these tags also have support for LED notification. In most cases, data is stored on the tag memory until the tag is interrogated.

Q: What RFID tag would you recommend for Mobile phone tracking in real time in a Testing center?
A: As mobile work devices vary greatly in form factor, please contact our sales team with more information so we might help identify the proper tag for your application.

Q: How would you recommend to scan tags with handheld UHF reader? And do you have a manual so we don´t have to test dozens of tags for the project?
A: Confidex works closely with several handheld UHF reader partners. Our suggestion is to use a demo software from a leading asset tracking software company for your testing. Please contact our sales team that we can connect you to our partner in your region.

Q: Do you have any Viking products that are actively being used for RTI tracking? Can you speak to that solution and the products used? Beacons, gateways, etc?
A: Confidex Viking is used for several RTI applications. Some applications utilize Eddystone BLE beaconing in conjunction with a mobile phone or tablet to locate the RTIs. Other applications utilize fixed BLE gateway infrastructure for RTLS. We additionally have applications utilizing Quuppa, Airfinder, or Wirepas variants of our beacons for more accurate location positioning and advanced functionalities.


Joe Hoerl
EVP, Smart Industries Americas

Brenda Brady
NA Solutions Engineer, LATAM Sales Manager

Ty Randell
Sales Manager, NA

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