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UPM Raflatac, Impinj and Zebra Technologies collaborate to deliver cross-industry, RFID-enabled concept for item-level tagging and validation

Thursday, May 7, 2009

UPM Raflatac, Impinj and Zebra Technologies are pleased to announce the availability of a first-of-its-kind, RFID-enabled solution concept to optimize item-level tagging and validation for process-intensive industries, such as electronics manufacturing, retail manufacturing, healthcare and pharmaceuticals and third-party logistics. The new concept, which leverages UPM Raflatac's UHF Trap tags equipped with Impinj MonzaTM 3 tag chips, Impinj SpeedwayR readers and reader antennas and Zebra Technologies' short-pitch RZ400 printers, enables business users to validate the contents of a package prior to shipping and monitor package components even after boxes are sealed.

Many industry companies lack real-time visibility into their manufacturing and packaging processes and suffer from a high rate of process failures, such as an inability to locate required items, incorrectly packed or shipped orders, excessive customer returns, counterfeiting and shrinkage. By introducing this new item-level tagging and validation solution concept, companies can easily authenticate, verify and control shipments of valuable merchandise while achieving efficiency gains of 20 to 50 percent in high volume production environments. In addition, the system enables companies to streamline product recalls and handle them earlier in the distribution process, reducing the high costs of recalls borne by both manufacturers and consumers.

"Process-intensive industries achieve a wide array of business benefits from implementing RFID-driven systems to tag and validate manufactured goods," says Mikko Nikkanen, Business Development Director, RFID, UPM Raflatac. "By automating critical inventory management processes such as pick-and-place operations, companies develop real-time data insights they can use to improve production and distribution, while driving down costs due to human handling errors."

"As companies seek to differentiate themselves in today's markets, RFID-based tagging and validation systems can provide them with competitive advantages," says Kerry Krause, Vice President of Marketing at Impinj. "Additionally, the business gains achieved with RFID technology flow through to down-stream customers and improve their satisfaction."

"The new RFID-enabled solution from UPM Raflatac, Zebra and Impinj provides companies with a low-cost, highly effective approach to streamlining item tagging and validation," says Carolyn Ricci, Senior Product Manager, RFID, Zebra Technologies. "Companies that deploy this solution concept in high volume production environments should be able to achieve ROI within six months."

For further information, please contact:
Mr Mikko Nikkanen, Business Development Director, RFID, UPM Raflatac Tel. +1 828 275 5162 Mr Jim Donaldson, Sr. Director Corporate Communications, Impinj Tel. + 1 206 517 5300

About UPM Raflatac
UPM Raflatac, part of UPM's Engineered Materials business group, is one of the world's leading suppliers of self-adhesive label materials and the world's number one producer of HF and UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and inlays. UPM Raflatac has a global service network consisting of 14 factories on five continents and a broad network of sales offices and slitting and distribution terminals worldwide. UPM Raflatac employs 2,600 people and made sales of approximately EUR 1 billion (USD 1.4 billion) in 2008. Further information is available at www.upmraflatac.com.

About Impinj
ImpinjR, Inc. is the world's leading technical innovator in developing UHF Gen 2 RFID solutions for both item-level and supply-chain tagging. Impinj draws on its technical expertise and industry partnerships to deliver a wide range of products and solutions comprising high-performance tag chips, readers, reader chips, software, antennas, and systems integration. Impinj products provide unprecedented performance, integration, and cost effectiveness to a global customer base, in applications across numerous vertical markets, including inventory management, asset tracking, authentication, and serialization. For more information, visit www.impinj.com.

About Zebra Technologies
Zebra Technologies Corporation improves customers' business performance through products and solutions that identify, track and manage assets, transactions and people. In more than 100 countries around the world, more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use innovative and reliable Zebra printers, supplies, RFID products and software to increase productivity, improve quality, lower costs, and deliver better customer service. Information about Zebra and Zebra-brand products can be found at www.zebra.com.

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