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How RFID Chips Work

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Service Uniform prides itself on supplying quality uniforms, towels, mats, and restroom products with timeliness and efficiency. The key to our professional and expedited operations is in our RFID chip technology. 

Here’s how it works: 

What is RFID Technology?

RFID, or Radio Frequency IDentification, is a passive technology that identifies objects or organisms they’re implanted in. They can contain up to 2 kilobytes of written information, and can be as small as 0.3 millimeters (0.01 inches). They are often undetected in many materials, including fabrics. 

How Does it Work? 

The RFID chip does not produce any signal unless one is supplied. An RFID scanner emits a radio wave that reacts with the chip’s transponder. This reaction generates a radio wave carrying its information, which the scanner can pick up and read. 

What Does it Look Like? 

There are various kinds of RFID chips and ways of adhering them to the materials, animals, or people they’re made to identify. The larger the chip, the more information it can store (generally), but that also makes it difficult to conceal. 

For the most part, the only information stored on RFID chips are serial numbers for items like uniforms and linens. Those can easily be sewn into the material in places that it won’t be felt. Other chips can even be implanted under the skin

Who Uses RFID Technology? 

Pretty much everybody uses RFID technology. Even you! If you have a chip on your credit or debit card, that’s an RFID chip. If your pets are microchipped in case they go missing, that’s an RFID chip. Even casino chips have RFID chips in them.  There’s likely an application for RFID chips in every industry. 

Additional examples of common RFID chips include:

  • Key Fobs 
  • Toll Booths
  • Car Keys
  • Airline Suitcase Tracking

How Does it Affect Service Uniform’s Operations? 

Before using RFID technology, we relied on barcodes to sort, separate, and organize all incoming and processing materials. This was not only labor intensive, but it was also an imperfect system. Since implementing the Blue Chip System®️, thereby tracking and automating the process, not only have we improved our operation’s efficiency, but we’ve also improved its accuracy too. 

These incredible results have reverberated throughout our business and even influence our mascot. 

How Effective is it? 

It only takes a few milliseconds for an RFID scanner to pick up the chip’s information. The scanner need only be within four feet of the chip for the exchange to take place. With computer monitoring and the speed with which items are found and routed, the Blue Chip System®️ is second to none. We also possess a consistent 100% sorting accuracy rate thanks to the Blue Chip System®️ .

Service Uniform Has Your Uniform Service Needs Covered

If you’re tired of the organization and sorting problems that come with uniform providers, go with Service Uniform. We have the experience, industry knowledge, and technology in place to ensure the best and most efficient uniform cleaning and processing. To start, give us a call at (303) 936-4701 or visit our website for more information. 


January 2, 2020 | Blue Chip Tracking System