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CYBRA Corp., a developer of bar code label and forms software for IBM iSeries servers, has announced agile support for RFID (radio frequency identification) tags to help customers comply with recently announced supply-hain mandates.
A Vexing Problem
Manufacturers are facing a dizzying array of RFID compliance specifications from such diverse trading partners as Wal-Mart, Target Stores, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Because RFID standards can be complex and confusing, and will continue to evolve over the coming years, customers must decide how much to spend, when, and how, to comply with different customer mandates, and different RFID standards.
An Agile Solution
To help customers overcome RFID hurdles such as multiple standards, high equipment and tag cost, and low initial volumes, CYBRA Corporation's MarkMagic Bar Code Label and SM@RT Forms for IBM iSeries servers has been enhanced with the capability to support multiple RFID standards and encoding technologies.
According to Sheldon R. Reich, vice president of marketing at CYBRA, "MarkMagic lets iSeries customers introduce RFID with little or no programming effort. Customers will not have to commit to one technology - and then change their solution six months later. MarkMagic RFID support will initially be implemented on Monarch, Printronix, and Zebra Technologies printers, while the underlying design will accommodate other printer manufacturers, as well as emerging developments in RFID technology."
CYBRA plans to support both Class 1 and Class 0 EPC standards, and also, eventually, the Class 1, Generation 2, EPC protocol. Wal-Mart has indicated that it will require suppliers to use Class 1, Gen 2, tags on products when the specification is complete and vendors begin delivering products based on the specification. In addition to EPC tags from Alien Technology and others, MarkMagic will support RFID tags from Matrics, which plans to introduce a read-write version of the Class 0 EPC tag, and Texas Instruments TagIt tags, Philips I-Code tags, Inside Technology's Pico tags, and ISO 15693 tags from a number of manufacturers.
Supply Chain Compliance and More
MarkMagic has long supported a wide range of printer types, including all popular thermal printer types, as well as laser, dot matrix, ink jet, and magnetic stripe plastic card printers. The middleware's agile support for multiple, evolving RFID standards will provide a bridge for easy transition from existing bar code-only label formats, with minimal change to existing applications.
"MarkMagic was designed from the beginning to adapt to new bar code symbologies and printer technologies, and RFID is no exception," says Reich, who adds, "the benefit of utilizing MarkMagic for source encoding of RFID is that customers not only will achieve RFID compliance today, but will be able to keep up with the changing compliance requirements as the standards evolve, without modifying their application software. In addition, the software's agility will make it easy for customers to use different RFID standards for diverse applications, such as asset management and closed loop manufacturing requirements, in addition to supply chain compliance."
Bar Code Print Engine Inside
MarkMagic has been selected as the bar code print engine of such leading iSeries software developers as Manhattan Associates, and SSA Global.
MarkMagic(TM) Bar Code Label and SM@RT Forms Software is available for a 30-day evaluation period. CYBRA Corporation is located at One Executive Boulevard, Yonkers, N.Y. 10701. Product information is available toll free at 1-800-CYBRA-88. CYBRA's web site is located at www.cybra.com, and the company's e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org