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Department of Digital Printing and Imaging Technology
Digital Printing and Imaging Technology

LoCostix

"Low Cost Smart Labels for logistics processes in retail" development of solutions for chip placement in printing processes
 
Funding source: BMBF Verbundprojekt
FKZ: 16SV2030
Duration: 01.06.2006 - 30.11.2008
Beneficiaries:
  • SAP AG, Karlsruhe
  • Philips Semiconductor GmbH, Hamburg
  • MAN Roland Druckmaschinen AG, Mühlheim
  • dm-drogerie markt GmbH & Co KG, Karlsruhe
  • PDS GmbH, Köln
  • Universität Karlsruhe
  • TU Chemnitz
Abstract: The aim of this project is to develop smart label technology which distinguishes itself from conventional solutions primarily in that it entails lower production costs (significantly below 10 cents). In this context "Smart Labels" is used as the term for transponders that mainly allow a fast, contactless identification of goods and an automated monitoring of inventories. LoCostix pursues new and promising approaches based on silicon chips and polymer electronics. The complete process of the circuit and protocol design, the process technology for mass production, the placement of the transponders and the data processing in the enterprise software is addressed. In order to realize these tasks, a consortium with members of outstanding competencies in all relevant areas of research has been formed.
The prototypes produced during the project have been tested in a realistic retail scenario. The role of pmTUC has been to develop solutions for the integration of the chip placement in the package printing process. Furthermore, together with project partners, we worked on the development of new wireless protocols for smart labels which could also be applied for the production of polymer transponders.
Staff TUC: Dipl.-Wi.-Ing. Maik Dinter
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