ISBC and Sappi have developed ISBC RFID Paper. The product is sheet-fed and made with 100 percent fibre-based Swiss Matt paper substrate from specialty paper manufacturer Sappi. RFID chips are embedded into the paper sheets causing no effect over the paper surface.
ISBC was looking for an alternative to plastic for smart printing and chose Sappi’s Swiss Matt paper – used mostly as an inkjet paper for large-format printing.
Nikita Kozhemyakin, business development director of the ISBC Group, said: ‘It was clear from the very beginning that we would greatly benefit from developing our customer projects in direct collaboration with Sappi. The speciality paper expert’s strong expertise has enabled us to take a big step forward.’
With the ISBC RFID paper, printing companies can now extend their portfolio to include printed electronics. The paper incorporates an RFID chip and can be printed as a regular sheet of paper. Another advantage of the ‘sandwich product’ is that it can be printed with several kinds of printing techniques and machines.
The desired information can be transferred to the paper-embedded RFID chip: for the encoding process ISBC has developed a special encoding machine and training materials. ISBC RFID Paper line made from Swiss Matt is used mainly for business cards, postcards, stickers, promotional flyers, POS materials, access and loyalty cards, brand protection labels and diplomas.
Ivan Demidov, ISBC founder and inventor said: ‘Our patented technology is unique on the market. It offers end-users a PVC-free, more sustainable and future-proof option.’
Sappi claims that paper-based RFID tags reduce waste both during production and at the end of the product’s lifecycle. The printing processes also consume less energy and resources.
ISBC RFID Paper is suitable for a wide range of applications in numerous industries. Specifically, it can be used for contactless tickets on buses, trains, trams and other means of transportation, as well as for prepaid cards and gift cards, business cards and access control, including key cards for hotel rooms, ski passes or admission wristbands for events and trade fairs. The paper-based sensors and labels can also be integrated into diplomas and other certificates to verify document authenticity. Conventional postcards can also be enhanced by integrating an RFID tag with interactive URLs.