The market for RFID tags is exponentially growing since the last decade, and rightly so. And so, it’s no surprise when I tell you, that one of the niche markets for this product is the jewellery industry. This is not surprising, seeing how jewellery products are essentially small & easy to steal items of very high value.
So, if you’re in the jewellery business, you may be looking here to get some guidance about implementing RFID tags into your business.
The first & foremost step is to decide from all the different varieties of RFID tags in the market, which ones are suitable for you.
Lucky for you, that is precisely what we’ll be discussing today.
What is Your Product Made of?
The first thing to keep in mind while selecting RFID tags to implement in your jewellery business is the surface materials of the items.
Jewellery is made of metal like silver, gold, platinum, and other precious stones. The main purpose of jewellery is its appearance. Keeping that in mind, you cannot use tags that use adhesives or may damage the surface.
Size of Your Jewellery
Size is a very important aspect of choosing RFID tags for your product. At the end of the day, to have a successful business, you will have to focus on cutting unnecessary costs. One important aspect of this is maintaining an efficient display & storage space in your stores.
Another thing to keep in mind about cost-cutting is that larger tags will require more material & will be more expensive per unit. Small expenses like these accumulate over time & result in losses that could have been easily avoided.
For example, jewellery items like rings &earrings are very small and cannot accommodate large RFID tags on them. Thus, for such items, it’s best to choose tags within 40mmX20mm in dimension.
On the other hand, items like necklaces are quite large and can use big RFID tags on them.
Desired Read Range
The size of the jewellery is not the only issue at hand, another important factor is the size of the RFID tag. The general principle is that the size of the tag is directly proportional to its reading range. Small tags generally have a maximum reading range of up to 8m, which in reality may be less due to several factors.
So, depending on your business, like – Retail Store, Warehousing, etc, you may require different types of tags. For example, in retail stores, there are generally RFID readers inside the display cases and on the billing counters. So, a reading range of 5m – 8m is ample for such scenarios.
Method of Mounting
RFID tags come in all shapes & sizes, and different types of tags have different methods of mounting/attaching to your product. For example, some tags may come with an adhesive side that can stick onto surfaces, some may have cable ties included in them, and others may need you to use screws to mount them.
Keeping that in mind, you mostly want to avoid tags with adhesive & screws, unless your item is kept inside a protective cover, as these types of tags will surely damage the surface of the jewellery.
For small items like rings and earrings, the best RFID tags are those that are mounted using zip ties.
RFID tags usually hold some key data about the item, like its product code, specifications, etc. This is done to improve & make the process of inventory keeping & billing more efficient. However, due to the small size of RFID tags, the storage chip can’t have a lot of memory allowance inside it, but it’s usually more than enough.
Depending on the size of data you want to input about your products in the tag, you may be comfortable choosing different sizes of RFID tags.
Additionally, you can also customize your tags from the manufacturer and increase their storage spaces.
- Last updated on Mar 14, 2023