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RFID tags & Bar Code Labels

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One of the biggest misconceptions that potential ToolHound clients have is that the bar code labels don’t last very long because their environment is very difficult. It is true that a label may occasionally fall off or get destroyed, but in general if they are applied properly and in a good location on the item, they will last for quite some time. In the event a label is unusable, you can just take the next label off the roll, attach it to the tool and tell ToolHound that you made the swap. All tool history automatically follows to the new number on the label.

ToolHound has been providing rugged polypropylene labels with aggressive adhesive for over twenty years with fanatastic results. If this isn’t rugged enough, we can also supply anodized alumimum labels. Both labels can be customized with your company name and series of numbers.

RFID tags are becoming more and more popular as their prices drop. The tags overcome a number of disadvantages with bar code labels.

  • RFID tags do not need line of site so they can be placed inside tools
  • multiple RFID tags can be read at the same time to speed processing

We believe that there is a need for both RFID tags and bar code labels as there are some disadvantages to the RFID tags.

  • more expensive than bar code labels so not practical for inexpensive items
  • they are difficult to read in metal and liquid environments without special tags

We offer the best of both worlds. ToolHound mobile computers that offer RFID capability can also read bar codes.

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