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Sato and Loftware announce cloud based RFID encoding and logging solution

Labelling Solutions


Sato and Loftware have announced the launch of a cloud based RFID tag encoding and logging solution. The solution, using Sato RFID printers, tags and Loftware’s NiceLabel Cloud software is designed to meet the strictest track and trace, brand authenticity and authentication needs for manufacturers.


The solution logs the EPC2 and unique tag ID for every tag encoded, enabling ‘closed loop’ tagging. By logging and mapping the EPC and unique ID to the database via NiceLabel Cloud, the solution automatically keeps a unique record of every tag after encoding and allows users to know exactly which factory, country and printer generated it.


Loftware NiceLabel is available on premises and in the cloud. Customers may start with the in site solution and then migrate to the cloud as they scale their labelling across applications, facilities, and countries.


In addition to central data management, this extra layer of automation provides compliance with traceability requirements and eliminates the possibility of counterfeits. It complements the suite of RFID products already available for item level traceability.


In the US, EU, China, Japan and more, an increasing number of medical devices must carry a unique device identification number (UDI) to adequately identify devices implanted into the body. Serialisation is a critical tool for regulators in many countries to prove the validity of pharmaceuticals. It also allows manufacturers to track and trace individual items back to their origin – the factory – for supply chain visibility and to know if a given item is authentic or counterfeit.



Combatting counterfeit items is also critical for brands as they seek to prove the authenticity of their products. In 2021, Amazon alone identified, seized, and appropriately disposed of over three million counterfeit products targeted for sale to consumers. Counterfeits are a risk to e-commerce players, manufacturers and consumers alike and the global anti-counterfeiting packaging market is expected to grow by 45% between 2018 and 20264.


‘With today’s ‘always on’ supply chain, large enterprises print and encode millions of tags annually across multiple facilities. As a result, they require a globally integrated platform like NiceLabel Cloud for central data and print management,’ said Paul Vogt, Loftware vice president channel and alliances strategies and programmes.


‘Manufacturers are constantly seeking ways to improve their data utilisation for digital transformation to give visibility across their supply chain, and this new layer of traceability will drive efficiencies and enable more sustainable operations,’ added Yoichi Abe, vice president of Sato Holdings Corporation. ‘As pioneers of on-site data collection, you can count on us to always be pushing the boundaries of what is possible.’


The Sato CT4-LX desktop printer and CL4/6NX Plus industrial printer line are compatible with the Loftware NiceLabel Cloud RFID tagging solution.



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