Machine Design

RFID Tracks Printer Ribbons

Tamper-proof, high-frequency RFID labels attach to printer ribbons so that printers with reader modules can distinguish between original ribbons and counterfeits.

The 13.56-MHz RFID system is for high-end printers that produce bankcards and official ID documents, where the use of counterfeit ribbons degrades print quality. The transponder is available as a standard label made from a material with printing properties that are similar to those of paper. Custom versions include a robust polymer-laminated ring label. The HF label comes with a small SK1 flip-chip module that is 10-mm wide and less than 1.2-mm thick.

Sokymat SA, Z.I Rte-Pra Charbon 27, 1614 Granges, Switzerland, +41 (0) 21-908 01 00,

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