The Role of Washable RFID Tags in the Recovery of the Fashion and Retail Industry

Washable RFID tags are becoming increasingly popular for a wide range of applications, especially in the textile and apparel industry. RFID technology played an important role for big retail brands from production, logistics, warehouse management, and retail checkout with flexible RFID tags which are so fragile and weakened after the end customer wears and washing. Moreover, UHF RFID tags can only be read by industrial read devices, more and more high-end retail and fashion brands yearn for interaction with end customers to enhance brand loyalty.

To overcome this issue, high-end retail and fashion brands are incorporating NFC technology to enhance brand loyalty and interaction with end customers. NFC tags assembled in fashion products can easily connect brands and customers via NFC-enabled mobile phones. This provides a shortcut for brands to reach out to clients and promote their products. NFC technology breaks through the boundaries between brands and end customers and is expected to contribute to the resurgence of the fashion and retail industries.

Dual Frequency Washable RFID Tags

We are excited to present our latest innovation, the HLT-RN Series RAINFC Dual Frequency Washable RFID Tags, made possible through the unwavering support of EM Microelectronic. This cutting-edge Dual-Frequency RAINFC Laundry RFID Tag has been specifically designed to meet the evolving demands of the fashion and apparel industry.

Similar to UHF RFID applications, the HLT-RN Series excels in fast, long-distance, bulk reading for inventory and identification purposes across various stages of production, logistics, warehouses, and retail. Notably, this tag is not limited to traditional RFID devices; it can also be effortlessly read by any NFC-enabled mobile phone.

Embedded seamlessly within textiles, the HLT-RN Series RFID tag not only satisfies the rapid and distant reading requirements but also integrates NFC functionality. End-users can tap into the tag’s NFC capabilities with their smartphones, facilitating quick communication and seamless information retrieval from the brand’s cloud servers – starting from the moment the user receives the product until its final use. This innovative tag serves as a Digital Product Passport, encompassing all essential functionalities.

Impressively, the HLT-RN series RFID laundry tag is engineered to withstand industrial dyeing processes, as well as domestic and commercial washing challenges, ensuring durability and longevity.

The tag’s structure features a 10mm dual-frequency RFID module, EM4425 Chip, and two antennas for NFC and UHF. The UHF far-field antenna, crafted from stitched stainless-steel string, is assembled on fabric as a substrate using TPU adhesive, enduring 100 cycles of industrial washing. The NFC read range is within 1-2cm, while the UHF reading distance extends up to 5 meters, making it possible to scan 500-1000 pieces of textiles in seconds.

The HLT-RN series RFID laundry tag can be heat-sealed or sewn onto textile assets for lifecycle digital tracking. Variable data, such as QR codes, barcodes, text, and logos, can be printed on tags or individually pouched in woven bags. Notably, the tag is heat-resistant up to 200°C, pressure-resistant up to 40 bars, and compliant with OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100.


ProtocolUHF: ISO/IEC 18000-63 compliant / EPC global Class1 Gen2v2, ISO/IEC 29167-10.
ISO/lEC15693, ISO/IEC 18000-3 Mode 1, NFC Forum Type 5 Tag
Working FrequencyUHF: 860 ~ 928MHz
HF: 13.56MHz
Warranty100 wash cycles or 2 years from shipping date
Size80mm x17mm x2.0mm
Read Range on textileUHF: up to 5m
NFC: 10 – 20mm by iPhone 14
Storage Temperature-40°C ~ +120°C (-40°F to +248°F)
Chemical ResistanceAll kind of detergents for wet and dry laundry
CertificationSGS, STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, TACTA,
Variable dataOn demand variable data operation include visual data printing and chip programming serving based on customers’ individual requests.
RAINFC Dual Washable RFID Tags

In Conclustion

Leveraging 30 years of experience in RFID research, technological innovation, and large-scale production, HUAYUAN has established a strong presence in Europe and North America. The “TEXBIT” brand, a specialized branch within a diverse RFID product lineup, has experienced rapid growth in response to market needs over the past 5 years.

At HUAYUAN, we offer more than just products. With in-depth RFID knowledge and extensive experience in various application environments, we provide strong customization capabilities, tailoring our products to meet the unique requirements of our customers. Additionally, we offer RFID hardware facilities and customized data exchange solutions for IT application systems in conjunction with our RFID tags. Partner with us for innovative RFID solutions that redefine the way you track and manage assets in the digital age.

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