Fujitsu Ships More Than 2 Million Washable RFID Tags in the First Quarter of 2013

Sales of the ultra-rugged WT-A522 UHF RFID tag exceed expectations

RFID Journal Live Conference and Exposition 2013

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.--()--Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc., a leader in innovative technology and front-end solutions, and its parent company Fujitsu Frontech Limited, today announced that it has shipped more than 2 million of its WT-A521/A522 RFID tags in the first quarter of 2013. Sales of the popular washable tag have been so robust that Fujitsu has doubled the production capacity at their manufacturing facility in Japan.

The rugged washable Fujitsu UHF RFID tags, which are wholly manufactured in Japan, have become very popular in both healthcare and hotel/hospitality. The small, flexible, RFID tags are sewn into, or attached to garments, linens, mats and accessory items allowing customers to scan hundreds of articles simultaneously to track their inventory anywhere in the hospital, hotel or at the warehouse. Industrial laundries also use Fujitsu’s RFID tags to reduce operational costs caused by inaccurate shipping and receiving counts and costly manual counting of assets and deliverable items.

“The demand for our new Washable RFID tags in healthcare, hotels and hospitality as well as laundries has exceeded even our own expectations,” said Pat Cathey, senior vice president of Retail Products Group, Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. “Our manufacturing facility in Japan reacted quickly to the increased demand by doubling capacity while assuring both product quality and reliability that is the hallmark of Fujitsu.”

Able to withstand more than two hundred washings, the harsh chemicals associated with dry cleaning, temperatures of 250 degrees Fahrenheit for drying and 400 degrees Fahrenheit for ironing, the tags are also designed to withstand the high pressure of water extraction systems up to 60 bars. The rugged, non-magnetizing nature of the tag’s design allow it to be used in MRI rooms as well as typical industrial Autoclave systems used for healthcare and hospital sterilization. The small tags are extremely flexible, soft and durable which makes them ideal for flat linen, garments, accessories and a wide variety of laundered healthcare items.

“The WT-A522 and WT-A521 tags were developed exclusively by our engineering teams in Japan specifically for the demanding requirements of the global market,” said Takanao Ochiai, General Manager of Fujitsu Frontech’s RFID Systems Division. “Because of the exceptional success of the product, we are continuing to make significant investments in our facilities to grow our manufacturing capability into the future.”

With a reading range of more than six feet and the ability to read hundreds of tags simultaneously, the Fujitsu washable RFID tags represent a significant cost-saving solution compared to bar codes and other RFID systems, which require costly handling and single garment processing. The materials used in the Fujitsu tag are intended for long deployment cycles, allowing the tag to be reused into another garment linen item within the intended life-cycle time, reducing total cost of ownership.

RFID Journal Live Conference and Exposition

The Fujitsu WT-A522 UHF RFID tag will be on display at RFID Journal Live Conference and Exposition, booth #542, at the Orlando Convention Center on April 30th-May 2nd.

For more information about Fujitsu’s WT-A522 UHF RFID tag, please contact our Sales team at 949-855-5590, or visit our website at: http://www.fujitsu.com/us/oem/financial/rfid/.

About Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.

Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. brings innovative technology from Japan and, with its partners, develops powerful front-end solutions that shape how society interacts with big data. Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc. is headquartered with operations and solution development at 27121 Towne Centre Drive #100, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610, USA. For more information about Fujitsu products and services, call us at 800-626-4686 or visit us at: www.fujitsufrontechna.com.

About Fujitsu Frontech Limited

As part of the Fujitsu Group, Fujitsu Frontech Limited ties people and IT together through the development, manufacture and sale of front-end technology such as ATMs, banking terminals, POS and totalizator terminals, and public display devices. Fujitsu Frontech also delivers related software, system integration and outsourcing as part of its total solutions offerings. The company supports the security sector by offering products incorporating Fujitsu's latest palm vein authentication technology, and is actively involved in the development of key technologies in various fields, with a current focus on RFID systems. For more information, please see: http://www.frontech.fujitsu.com/en/.

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Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.
Dan Dalton
+1 (949) 855-5590
ffna.pr@us.fujitsu.com

Fujitsu WT-A522 RFID Tag (Photo: Business Wire)

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Fujitsu ships more than 2 million rugged washable UHF RFID Tags in the first quarter of 2013. The tags are used in uniforms and linens for hotels, hospitality, healthcare and industrial laundries.

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Contacts

Fujitsu Frontech North America Inc.
Dan Dalton
+1 (949) 855-5590
ffna.pr@us.fujitsu.com