US-based product identification specialist Checkpoint Systems has launched new high-speed, high-quality production capabilities for RFID tags and labels, and expanded its printing capabilities in Asia.

Checkpoint's new Evo printing capability is able to encode, verify and print variable data on high-quality, high-performance RFID labels at ten to fifteen times faster than conventional RFID thermal printers, the company says. It adds that the development was borne out of a need by retailers for high-quality, high-performance tags that are of heavier weight and often uniquely shaped, but often cannot to be printed with conventional RFID thermal printers.

"Up until now, high-quality RFID tags required large formats and high volumes of printing," says James Wrigley, COO of apparel labelling solutions for Checkpoint Systems. "Evo's advanced technology uses templates for a retailer's specific variable data, such as SKU, style code, department, size, colour, barcode and price. That, coupled with its high speed, enables a more efficient printing process that provides retailers with significant cost savings and a faster turnaround on orders."

EVO printing is performed to the retailer's specifications, and tags can be printed on both sides. It also allows for printing of lower volumes of high-quality tags, reducing costs for retailers. Evo's encoding and verifying processes mean tags are double-checked for RFID Electronic Product Codes (EPC), and tag data is verified to be correct, unique and matching any barcode on the tag that supports Quality Assurance (QA) practices.

Checkpoint has also expanded its RFID printing capabilities in Asia. The company's ALS Vietnam facility now offers thermal printing of tags and label production capabilities. 

Checkpoint will be discussing the new Evo machine at the RFID Journal Live event from 3-5 May in Florida.