Custom Source Tagging Services & Application
Logic Pakaging has decades of experience in source tagging, and is actively tagging folding cartons for a variety of markets to ensure traceability for retailing and inventory control. Aside from the standard two-dimensional and three-dimensional bar code interfaces we apply at Logic, our "global source tagging" continues to increase in demand due to it's efficiencies, reliability, and security.

The majority of "tags" are categorized as an EAS Label (Electronic Article Surveillance), which are applied inline on our folder gluers. EAS labels may come in different shapes and sizes and each have their own dedicated system for control and traceability. Another form of source tagging may be approached with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), which gives your folding carton a unique identifier, consisting of a microchip attached to a mounted radio antenna. Although RFID offers all the benefits of security and traceability, RFID applications are more popular internally with supply chains using it with cases and pallets.

The Logic Team works closely with a series of certified source tag manufacturers and is always on the cutting edge when it comes to technology in application and usability. We have listed a few of the popular approaches in applying source tags to your folding carton packaging.

Logic Pakaging carries the Sensormatic EAS system and can easily integrate your folding carton packaging inline during the gluing and folding phase in production. The Sensormatic label is an Acousto-Magnetic (AM) system, which has the ability to protect wide exits and allows for high-speed label application. Using a transmitter to create a surveillance area where tags and labels are detected, the transmitter sends a radio frequency signal (of about 58 kHz) in pulses, which energize a tag in the surveillance zone. When the pulse ends, the tag responds, emitting a single frequency signal like a tuning fork. While the transmitter is off between pulses, the tag signal is detected by a receiver. A microcomputer checks the tag signal detected by the receiver to ensure it is at the right frequency, is time-synchronized to the transmitter, at the proper level and at the correct repetition rate. If all these criteria are met, the alarm occurs.

Download Sensormatic EAS Label Specifications
Adobe PDF / 1.2 MB

Acousto-Magnetic material is highly
magnetostrictive, which means that when you put the tag material in a magnetic field, it physically shrinks. The higher the magnetic field strength the smaller the metal becomes. The metal actually shrinks about one-thousandth of an inch over its full 1.50 inch length. As a result of driving the tag with a magnetic field, the tag is physically getting smaller and larger. So if it is driven at a mechanically resonant frequency, it works like a tuning fork, absorbing energy and beginning to ring. Logic Pakaging is always available to assist and answer any questions you have regarding the Sensormatic system with your folding carton system.

The Checkpoint System is also a global leader focusing on Radio Frequency (RF) technology, protecting merchandise and streamlining processes in the office and manufacturing with a portfolio of solutions. The Logic Team has been applying Checkpoint labels for over a decade inline on our folder gluers. The RF system is the most widely used system nationally today, and the size of the tags and labels are getting smaller and smaller. The technology works very similar to the Acousto-Magnetic system transmitting a signal using a specific frequency emitted by a transmitter antenna. The response from the label is then picked up by an adjacent receiver antenna. An alarm is triggered when specific criteria is matched. Operating frequencies for RF systems generally range from 2 to 10 MHz (millions of cycles per second); this has become standard in many countries. Most of the time, RF systems use a frequency sweep technique in order to deal with different label frequencies.

Download Checkpoint ES/RF Labels Brochure
Adobe PDF / 528 KB

Manufacturing Application
The Logic Team uses the latest technology by
Label Aire, Inc. for applying source tagging inline on our folder gluers. Depending on the product and market, Logic Pakaging offers a variety of configurations for applying the tag. Logic can easily target a specific area inside the folding carton to avoid interference with the product and packaging, itself. Logic has complete control of the angle and rotation to meet customer specifications. We can also apply the tags in an integral sequence, such as every fourth carton, or every other carton receives a tag. Logic can even apply both the RF and Acousto-Magnetic tags together on each carton simultaneously to give you the best of both worlds. The options with Logic Pakaging's source tagging is limitless. Our Support team is available to answer any questions and provide you with live samples and your CAD samples.