RFID Printers are designed to save time for mass printing and encoding applications. These devices are basically an RFID reader and a printer combined into one machine. UHF, HF, and NFC tags are all able to run through an RFID printer, as long as the tag is compatible with that specific printer. The RFID reader inside serves as both the encoder and the verifier for all tags that pass through the unit as it reads and then encodes the tags with the new information and thenre-reads the tags before they are released in order to verify that the tag has the correct, new information.
RFID printers are used in many RFID applications in order to replace manual encoding and/or add visual text to RFID labels. Printers, on average, print about 20 labels per minute depending on set print speed and label size. Because printers are quick and accurate they are very valuable in RFID applications dealing with supply chain, manufacturing, transportation & logistics, retail, and healthcare. In applications where a high volume of RFID labels is required, the time saved is well worth the initial cost of the printer as well as any ribbons the printer may need in the future. As an example, if manually encoding each tag and verifying the encoded information is done at a rate of about 3 tags per minute, about 1,440 tags will be encoded per 8-hour work day. Using an RFID printer to encode (and print) each label is performed at a rate of about 20 per minute (on average), indicating that around 9,600 tags will be encoded and printed per 8-hour work day. RFID printers work about 7 times faster, or more, than manual encoding.