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" We made a commitment in 2023 and
said that we're going to put it in all of
our top fabric, regardless of if you have a
reader or not, " he says. " If you buy one in
the next year or in the next five years, the
RFID tag will be in there. " Indeed, Fred's
Tents is the first major tent manufacturer
to make the commitment of embedding
RFID technology within 100% of its tent
tops and roof panels.
" The feedback has been positive, as
two national rental companies have
signed up for the program, " Tracy
says. " As your inventory gets older or
ages out, we're saving you the time of
sending it back to manufacturer or even
putting the tags in personally or paying
the staff to go back through and insert
these tags. The tags and readers will
continue to improve as more people
jump on board. "
The specific RFID tags Tracy uses do
not require a battery. Rather, the RFID
reader energizes the tag, allowing it to
send back a signal to the reader.
" In five, six or seven years down the
road, the tag will still be functional, "
Tracy says. And because the tag is
encapsulated into the fabric, it is
not exposed to the elements and is
protected during the cleaning process.
SMALL, BUT POWERFUL
The tag that Fred's Tents is currently using
is practically invisible-about the size of
a piece of Trident gum. This is obviously
an important detail in an industry where
aesthetics are everything. Yet despite its
size, even when a tent is folded up in a bag,
the tag installed on it can still be read.
Indeed, in almost all cases, RFID tags
can be placed inside something else
to work for a specific application. For
example, Morizet says placing an RFID tag
on linens could be any of the following.
A silicone RFID tag can be placed
inside a polyester pouch and then sewn
onto the linen much like a size label.
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Another option would be tags with
adhesive or button tags.
For tents, many people will place the
tag between two pieces of vinyl and seal
it there using an RF weld, heat weld or
chemical weld or they will just sew it
closed. For existing inventory, if the tent
has a pocket-welded flame certificate,
you can make a small cut in the first
layer of the certificate, slide the tag
inside, and then seal it closed using any
of the above methods.
" The easiest and quickest process for
many tent companies is to use repair
vinyl that has an adhesive back, " Morizet
says. " This works well but the patch
needs to be sized and adhered well, as
per the manufacturer's instructions, or it
will come off in a tent washer. "
Another important development of
using RFID within the textile industry
is that by placing a RFID tag on a piece
of tent canvas or on a couch cushion, for
example, it allows the user to access the
entire history of that item.
" For example, how many times has it
been washed? How many times has it
" IMAGINE A TENT
NOT ONLY TELLING
YOU WHERE IT IS BUT
THAT IT'S WET OR
COVERED IN MOLD. "
-DARREN MORIZET, EASY RFID PRO
RFID tags allow companies to gather key
information on tents, including the history of
the tent, when it was cleaned and repaired,
and other important information to maintain
the integrity of the structure. Photo courtesy
of Easy RFID Pro.
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