“Intelligent Labels” is a term that describes label applications that can store and capture information and wirelessly transmit data. It all starts with a chip that is attached to an antenna to create an RFID inlay, which can then be converted into a label and brought to life by an RFID reader, enabling connectivity throughout the supply chain and consumer engagement
To get the full picture, the Intelligent Labels team took our I.Lab journey to Juarez, Mexico to learn all about how the RFID inlay comes together. “It was amazing to see how it goes from this tiny little chip that can fit on the tip of your finger to a full inlay,” said Jay Wittmann, Intelligent Label Product Manager.
The journey also took us to the Miamisburg Customer Design and Innovation Center. This facility within the Avery Dennison Miamisburg plant provides a variety of key solution sets, including RFID ticketing, in-plant printing, high-speed labeling, RFID store inventory capabilities, and more. We also went to Juarez, Mexico to see the manufacturing process for RFID inlays.
Seeing the RFID inlay design and manufacturing process and the converting and application process was a great experience. Seeing the end-to-end process really helped to build RFID knowledge within the LGM team and gain confidence to increase awareness of RFID within the Label and Graphic Materials business.
Finally, the team also went to LGM HQ in Oegstgeest to see the very first I.Lab in action. The center shows how our solutions are impacting multiple industries, from retail and apparel to the food industry, and recently expanding to pharmaceuticals, aviation, automotive, and more. It was inspiring to see how we combined our technical capabilities and materials science expertise to showcase applications within and beyond the retail space.