Taiwanese-based Orthotec’s RFID manufacturing system is built as an option on the platform of its CN2850DL+DL press. If it is not manufacturing RFID labels, it can operate as a conventional flatbed letterpress machine.
"RFID is just starting out, and the quantities are not there today," says Orthotec’s John Huang. "We are offering a machine which matches with that market situation. Up to now RFID label manufacture has been a high investment. Now printers can try the market out, and if it is not a success, they still have a standard label press, so there is no risk."
The RFID label is converted on the liner after the printed roll. The system uses servo motors to synchronise the RFID inlays with the web speed, to place the transponders at a fixed position on each label. Press speed is around 6000rph.
Labels can be delivered blank for logistics applications, or with full colour printing on the face material for item level applications.