Smart Labels USA 2006 Conference


Natick, MA —According to Venture Development Corp., Smart Labels USA was attended by users and vendors from all regions. Now in its fifth year, the event attracted several hundred senior-level delegates from the supply chain, manufacturing, printing, labeling, packaging and logistics sectors. The two-day conference featured speaker sessions that included major end-user application examples, smart label manufacturing techniques, and advanced technologies. Roughly 40 RFID manufacturers and suppliers exhibited. In addition, a special pavilion, dedicated to developments in Asia—most notably China and Japan—was showcased.
Three major topics took center stage:

  • Application opportunities for high-margin, high-volume labels in niche markets;

  • Vertical market-specific RFID requirements, implementation experiences, and next steps—covering new opportunities from users and step-by-step implementation approaches; and

  • New RFID technologies from fully printed RFID to active RFID with sensor technology.

Additionally, there was a focus on new and different types of chipless RFID technologies, as well as the impact and profitability of active RFID, and its convergence with WiFi, Zigbee, and such. Sessions were dedicated to passive chip RFID solutions—including new long-range HF systems—and the manufacturing of RFID smart labels.

The conference program did not concentrate solely on supply chain compliance, applications, and technology. The agenda included a broad spectrum of topics, speakers—users, vendors, and analysts—technologies, industries, verticals, and regional markets. Presentations on emerging technologies such as chipless RFID and printed organics were most interesting and visionary, although their practical applications and near-term adoption scenarios appeared underdeveloped.

— Richard Phelps, senior editor, Control Engineering

No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Robot advances in connectivity, collaboration, and programming; Advanced process control; Industrial wireless developments; Multiplatform system integration
Sensor-to-cloud interoperability; PID and digital control efficiency; Alarm management system design; Automotive industry advances
Make Big Data and Industrial Internet of Things work for you, 2017 Engineers' Choice Finalists, Avoid control design pitfalls, Managing IIoT processes
Motion control advances and solutions can help with machine control, automated control on assembly lines, integration of robotics and automation, and machine safety.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
SCADA at the junction, Managing risk through maintenance, Moving at the speed of data
Flexible offshore fire protection; Big Data's impact on operations; Bridging the skills gap; Identifying security risks
click me