Technology firm Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc, has developed a new low-cost, washable UHF RFID garment tag that allows for more sophisticated garment tracking.

Unlike other UHF RFID washable tags, Fujitsu says the new garment tag is only 0.6mm thick and virtually transparent. It can be easily attached to garments with standard heat seal labels and be virtually unnoticeable. The tag is designed for typical garment industrial laundry and dry-cleaning equipment and processes.

As with its Linene tags, the new solution uses advanced antenna technology that allows for reading hundreds of items while reducing misreads of nearby tags.

"We listened to our customers and created a tag that will enable customers to implement RFID asset management technology while keeping their existing barcoding systems and equipment," says Michi Sugawara, president and CEO of Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. "The small size and transparency of the tag enables manufacturers to easily integrate our tags into their uniforms, rental garments and workwear."

Fujitsu washable UHF RFID tags are widely used for garment and linen asset management in a wide variety of markets throughout the world.

The new garment tags have an adhesive backing allowing the tag to be placed directly on the heat seal label before being attached to the garment. This eliminates mis-attaching labels and costly rework. Users can continue to use their existing heat seal label equipment and labels. For ease of use, tags are attached on an easy to use release-paper roll to simplify operator handling.