process of creating RFID tags
Determine the products to purchase. We recommend using a barcode label printer that has a built-in RFID tag writer and our IDAutomation RFID Label Software or the RFID Encoder Component. The appropriate smart tag labels for the implementation or mandate must also be purchased.
Implement the Tag Data Construct, which is the method used to format the data to be encoded in the tag. When formatting data for mandates and standards such as DOD or EPC requirements, these procedures must be followed very carefully. Refer to the Tag Data Construct Examples section below for common applications and mandates.
If each tag is to contain unique information, decide how the variable data will be encoded in the tag. Our IDAutomation RFID Label Software has the ability to increment numbers (this is useful for variable serial numbers) with VB scripting or connect to a database field for the variable portion of the data. Using the IDAutomation RFID Label Software to increment a serial number for the DOD-96 UID mandate may look something like this in VB script:
“~b00811001111~b0040000~t048 2S194” & “~n036” & L# + 1000
Note that the label software will automatically change L# + 1000 to be the label number plus 1000 which is the starting serial number.
When using an RFID Label Printer with our IDAutomation RFID Label Software, it is recommend that the printer be set up so the tag is automatically read after it is encoded to verify that it encoded correctly. However, this does not assure the tag was encoded with the correct data, it only insures the data sent to the tag was written and can be read. A few of the tags should be read to be sure the data was written and formatted correctly for the Tag Data Construct. The IDAutomation RFID Label Software has the ability to print the hexadecimal data encoded in the tag as an option for read verification. The IDAutomation RFID Label Software also provides a diagnostic that assists in determining tag data construct formatting errors.