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Fujitsu Develops Attachable UHF-Band RFID Tags for Roll Containers

- On-site shipping inspections made efficient with simultaneous reading of stacked containers -

Fujitsu Limited,Fujitsu Frontech Limited,Nikken Lease Kogyo Ltd.

Tokyo, September 15, 2009

Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Frontech Limited today announced the development, in collaboration with logistics equipment rental company Nikken Lease Kogyo Ltd., of UHF-band RFID tags for roll containers(1) which will help shipping and other product-handling companies raise the efficiency of their logistics operations.

The new tags, which can be simultaneously read even when containers are stacked during shipping inspections, represent a vast improvement over previous barcodes systems that required individual scanning to monitor the quantity and types of containers being transported.

Nikken Lease Kogyo intends to use these tags on rental roll containers to provide increased efficiency in the logistics operations of its customers.

Tag for Roll Containers


In order to prevent the loss and theft of roll containers, many customers in the equipment rental industry, including the logistics sector, visually manage their shipment, delivery, and rental operations using a ledger or bar code system, which requires each container to be scanned one at a time. Increasing the efficiency of this process has been a common management challenge facing the industry.

In response, Fujitsu and Fujitsu Frontech have developed UHF-band RFID tags specifically for metal pipe roll containers to achieve greater efficiency in asset management, shipping management, and rental operations of roll containers, while at the same time enabling users to efficiently control individual containers.

These UHF-band RFID tags were designed for easy attachment to the optimal location on the container, from which the tags can be read when stacked together—20mm from the container's metallic surface. By securing this space within the framework of the metal tubes, tags can be read both horizontally and vertically, even when containers are stacked on top of one another. Tags of up to ten folded and stacked pallets can be read at one time.

Product Features

  1. Can be simultaneously read in narrow spaces
    Even when containers are stacked, the UHF-band RFID tags can be read simultaneously. Antennas, placed on the right and left sides of a forklift's path, can simultaneously read the tags on up to ten stacked containers being transported.
  2. Designed specifically for roll containers
    UHF-band RFID tags can be attached to a roll container with a single touch. They are manufactured to withstand both impact shocks and an outdoor environment.
  3. Increases inspection efficiency by 2/3
    Approximately ten seconds were required to scan the barcodes of ten roll containers one at a time. Using Fujitsu's tags, the same process can be accomplished in just three seconds.

The new tags will be exhibited at the Fujitsu booth at the 11th Annual Auto-ID Expo, which will be held September 16-18 at Tokyo Big Site.

Key Specifications

Applicable standard: ISO/IEC18000-6 Type C
Dimensions and weight: 109mm width x 55mm depth x 18mm height; approximately 25 grams.
Transmission range: approximately 2.5m (using a 4W-EIRP circularly polarized antenna)

  • [1] Roll Container

    A type of hand carriage used for temporary storage and for transporting merchandise to loading zones. The frame is constructed from steel mesh or tubular steel with wheels attached to its basket-shaped container.

About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is a leading provider of IT-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 175,000 employees supporting customers in 70 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.6 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009. For more information, please see:

About Fujitsu Frontech

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, operation branch, 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 color electronic paper and RFID systems.
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About Nikken Lease Kogyo Ltd.

Nikken Lease Kogyo Ltd. is one of the major companies in Nikken Rentacom Group who has been contributing to the vitalization of Japanese Society and Economy for 21st century as a top leader in the Lease & Rental Industry in Japan. For more information, please see:

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Date: 15 September, 2009
City: Tokyo
Company: Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Frontech Limited, Nikken Lease Kogyo Ltd., , ,