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SATO, Metalcraft Provide Seamless On-Metal Tag Printing, RFID Encoding

October 31, 2017 – SATO America, a leading North America provider of Auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations, and Metalcraft, a world class manufacturer of RFID tags and labels, today announced Metalcraft’s Universal Mini Onsite Printable RFID tags can be encoded and printed seamlessly utilizing SATO’s CL4NX™ industrial thermal printer solution.

The Universal Mini Onsite Printable RFID tags are designed for quick, easy printing on the CL4NX. Unlike other printers, SATO’s CL4NX encodes the on-metal RFID tags from the top, greatly reducing the number of voided tags and increasing productivity. Other types of industrial printers encode from the bottom, which results in a high number of encoding errors because on-metal tags include a metal backplane that makes encoding difficult.

The Universal Mini Onsite Printable tags also include a new thermal transfer-receptive topcoat to provide high quality printing in harsh environments. The tag’s engineered construction leads to a smooth, even printing and tag feeding, even in humid and damp environments.

“The SATO CL4NX also offers an exclusive cloning feature that makes printer set-up faster and easier. Users simply insert a USB drive loaded with a cloned package file into the printer, install the package file, load the tags and they are ready to print. This not only eliminates configuration errors, but also speeds up the entire print process”, stated Gary Krause, SATO America Sr. Director of Marketing.

“The unique clone feature allows Metalcraft to send a simple set-up file to the printer, so end users don’t waste valuable time configuring the printer to use our tags,” said Jared Doerfler, Business Development Director at Metalcraft. “When customers need to print more tags in the future, they don’t have to reconfigure the settings; they are ready to go.”

The Universal Mini Onsite Printable tags are ideal for work-in-process applications in manufacturing environments, as well as for asset management applications in healthcare, IT, automotive, and other environments where variable information is frequently printed, encoded, and updated on site. The tag’s patented inlay provides robust read ranges across a variety of materials, but is specifically designed to perform well on metal and glass surfaces where other RFID tags fall short.

The tags are fully customizable, and offered as blanks or with four-color graphics. They are also available with a range of high-performance adhesives so customers can ensure the tags stay adhered regardless of the use environment.

“Regardless of the work environment, the combination of the Universal Mini Onsite Printable tag and SATO’s CL4NX industrial printer can help our customers save time and money when it comes to encoding their RFID tags,” said Austin Elling, Director of Marketing at Metalcraft.

“Innovative and durable, the Mini Onsite Printable RFID tag product, when utilized with the industry leading CL4NX™ RFID thermal printer, is an example of the solution fulfillment strategies of SATO. This is a Best in Breed solution for healthcare, automotive, manufacturing and other verticals that require trust and reliability,” continued Krause.

About Metalcraft Metalcraft is a leading manufacturer of custom identification solutions including RFID, polymer and metal tags for tracking and controlling assets. Metalcraft’s RFID products include tags for product identification, access control and event management. The patented Universal RFID product line is the industry leader in obtaining excellent read ranges regardless of the application surface including metal, glass and wood. Visit for more information.

About SATO

SATO (TOKYO:6287) is a global auto-ID solutions provider for leading manufacturing, logistics, retail, food & beverage, health care companies. With a bottom-up understanding of on-site use applications, SATO tags items with identifiers to improve supply chain flows of tomorrow by solving managerial and operational challenges of today. An industry pioneer with 79 years of expertise and a 5,000+ strong global workforce in 27 countries, SATO engineers solutions to streamline operations, boost accuracy, support sustainability initiatives, provide assurance and emotional connections, extending value all the way to the consumer. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2019, it reported revenues of JPY 116,179 million (USD 1.05 billion*). More information about SATO can be found at, LinkedIn and Twitter.

*Conversion is based on an average exchange rate of 1 US Dollar = 110.92 Japanese Yen


Media Inquiries - SATO America

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Mia Massi
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SATO America
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Tel: 704-644-1650

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