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Once we've worked with you to identify that RFID is the right solution for your application, our wide breadth of product offerings can be customized to meet the task at hand. For any application, we offer the most durable, technology-agnostic solutions coupled with an unmatched selection of adhesives.

We stand out.

Our RFID tags offer the greatest durability, accuracy and reliability in the industry, managing resources in hospitals, schools, military, information technology, shipping and much more. Our tags stick around for the long haul, and after seeing their enhanced functionality and reliability, you'll find that our solutions do too.

Paired with our service, partnership and customization, you'll see why Metalcraft is one of the largest RFID manufacturers, delivering value every day...ID Made Better®.

RFID Tags

Proven Durability, Accuracy and Reliability

Explore RFID Tags

Our line of durable on-metal RFID tags and labels are perfect for your metal surface application projects.  Designed to work on a variety of metal surfaces, our on-metal RFID tags work well for asset tagging, work-in-process and returnable container applications.

Our RFID tags for glass offer specialized inlays to be read through windshields and more, providing a read range of 18+ feet. We also offer a removable adhesive, perfect for those times you need a “temporary” tag - whether it’s for rental cars, rental equipment or controlling guest vehicle access

For items like plastic bins, crates and more, our variety of RFID tags can conform and provide durability, security and be tamper-proof for anti-theft RFID applications. For example, our RFID pallet tags for plastic pallets stay put under extraordinary conditions, with tough adhesive and even ext

Our Stick and Staple RFID products are ideal for applications involving hard-to-adhere surfaces (pallets, crates, barrels)with the tag’s construction protecting the inlay.

For wristbands, racebibs or credential tags, the added element of people wearing RFID solutions means color, performance but low-profile. Check out our customizable solutions for trackable, company branding.

For bales, key fobs or general hanging tags, we have RFID products that are durable, removable and reusable. Our tag’s polymer construction protects the text and RFID inlay from the elements, offering superior access control and tracking.

RFID can be used for so many different applications, like even measuring temperatures as they fluctuate or moisture levels. This can be critical for certain applications where steady levels need to be maintained. So how does this work?

RFID Handbook

Regardless of your level of RFID expertise you are sure to find valuable information in our RFID handbook. Download a copy today! In this comprehensive RFID handbook, you'll explore the following:

  • Ins and outs of what RFID is and how it works
  • RFID benefits to your business
  • Future trends for RFID
  • Ways RFID is used in various industries

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RFID Handbook
Inlay Innovation

Metalcraft launches Inlay Innovation for RFID inlay design, fabrication

MASON CITY, IOWA (August 3, 2021) – Metalcraft announced Inlay Innovation, a wholly owned subsidiary focused on custom RFID inlay design, testing and production in Iowa. The investment strengthens Metalcraft’s supply chain and meets growing demand for custom products sought by RFID converters, manufacturers, distributors and integrators. 

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Types of RFID Tags

Understanding the Different Types of RFID Tags

There are primarily three basic types of RFID tags that are familiar to most consumers who use the technology: active, passive, and semi-passive.  When considering the purchase of tags for different scenarios, pinpointing which kind of tag to use and integrate into an operation can be tricky. So let’s compare using some facts and a few examples knowing full well that, in many cases, the individual situation and the pocketbook often make the decision on which tag goes into what operation.

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If you're handling a concert or other event with lines of people awaiting access, use RFID wristbands to quickly and efficiently manage crowd entry. The wristbands feature an RFID inlay to grant access with ease.

See how asset tracking using RFID or Barcode technology can work for the audio and visual industry to tag and track items such as speakers, cables and other items that are needed to be transported and shipped regularly to shows and events.

Unlike most other race timing tags, Metalcraft's RFID tag offers a low profile with no need for a foam backing, ensuring the tag is unobtrusive on the racer's bib, stays in place and doesn't catch on clothing.

Incorporating RFID into your manufacturing operations will lead to increased efficiencies which ultimately leads to saving time and money. With increased visibility into your operations data, you’ll be able to make quicker and better business decisions for yourself as well as your customers.

DuraDestruct RFID security tags are RFID labels that combine the durability of a standard RFID tag with destructible features that render the label useless if it is tampered with or removed. Its specialized construction eliminates the transferability of the RFID tag from surface to surface and incorporates two levels of destructibility. If an attempt to remove the tag occurs, the RFID antenna construction breaks into separate pieces making the read range of the tag mere inches. If a person tries to reassemble the tag to make it functional, the portion that is still adhered to will literally disintegrate if an attempt is made to remove it from the object.

FAQ

What are RFID Tags?

Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, refers to a technology where information is transmitted wirelessly over radio waves. RFID tags and labels have 3 main components:

• IC (integrated chip) which executes commands and stores data
• Antenna which absorbs RF waves and helps broadcast the signal
• Substrate (polyester, paper, etc.) which is the material that the chip and antenna are attached

How do RFID Tags work?

RFID tags work by sending and receiving information through an antenna and an attached microchip or integrated circuit. An RFID reader, a device that can generate and read the information on radio waves, is used to communicate and interact with the RFID tag. These RFID readers can both read and write to the memory on the RFID tag's microchip. This means different pieces of data (unique identifying numbers, serial numbers, etc.) can be read and written onto the tags, which can be attached to any item or product for easy tagging and tracking. Download our handbook for more.

What are the types of RFID?

There are two primary categories of RFID tags: tags with batteries and tags without batteries. Tags with batteries are called battery assist or active RFID tags. Battery enabled RFID tags incorporate a battery as a power supply or to supplement the power provided by the RFID reader.


A passive RFID tag does not use a battery and instead works by using electromagnetic energy transmitted from the RFID reader. When a passive label is read/scanned by an RFID reader it is energized (interrogated) by the radio waves coming from the reading device. The energy received from the radio waves are received via antennas attached to the passive tag's chip which powers the chip and responds to the reader all in a matter of milliseconds. Learn more in our guide.
https://www.idplate.com/passive-sensors-guide-passive-sensing-tags

What is the difference between an RFID "tag" and an RFID "inlay?"

Think of an RFID tag having a construction. For example, the top, first layer is the substrate or material that can be printed. The second layer is the actual RFID inlay, and the last layer is the attachment adhesive. Whereas the RFID inlay is a component of the RFID tag. It consists of the integrated circuit (IC), antenna, and substrate. Get your nine other questions answered in this informative article. https://www.idplate.com/we-answer-customers-top-rfid-questions