US-based product identification manufacturer Checkpoint Systems has enhanced the capabilities of its Check-net print shops, allowing for quicker printing, encoding and testing of RFID labels.

The new system is eight times faster than industry-standard thermal transfer printers, the company claims, and offers higher accuracy (99.9%) and quality, including multi-colour RFID label printing. Check-Net is now able to print and encode one million RFID labels in 24 hours.

"Apparel retailers are in a highly competitive environment and must have access to the right products at the right time in order to deliver shelf-ready merchandise to stores as quickly as possible," said James Wrigley, president and chief operating officer of Checkpoint. "Check-Net helps make this daunting task simple and efficient, while maintaining high quality."

Along with the new printing systems, Check-Net offers new processes and quality controls, including individual re-serialisation for EPC codes. EPC testers are attached to printers, and Checkpoint said it follows "strict manufacturing processes" to ensure the RFID labels that are not used are destroyed. In addition, Checkpoint uses anti-static solution packing to avoid RFID chips being damaged.

Check-Net has also improved the usability of its online ordering system, enabling retailers and manufacturers to order tickets in four clicks. Other enhancements include live ticket previews and full order and data visibility, including orders and invoices for all brands for each store globally.