ÂThe Asia Pacific region has developed into an attractive target market for smart labels,Â said Mr. Sebastian Mrass, Senior Sales Manager of the MÃ¼hlbauer AG, in a smart label workshop at the 2002 Smart Cards, China & Users` Conference in Beijing, summing up the opportunities for smart labels in the Far East. In his speech, Mr. Mrass pointed out that the MÃ¼hlbauer AG, worldwide leading manufacturer of turn-key solutions for the production of chip cards and smart labels (Âintelligent labelsÂ), recently expanded its product family of smart label machines with the first deliveries of the innovative TAL 4000 to Asian customers. The TAL 4000, which is based on long- lasting experience with smart label manufacturing equipment, has been designed as an introductory solution for customers who have decided for a step-by-step approach to the fast growing market for smart labels and contactless cards.
With the first deliveries of the TAL 4000 systems, the MÃ¼hlbauer AG extends its market position as a leading supplier of highly flexible and modular production machines for inlets for smart labels and contactless cards. With an annual production of up to 20 million labels, the TAL 4000 is particularly suited for the requirements of the growing worldwide market. As for the production of smart labels inlets with a high production volume in reel-to-reel process and flip- chip technology, MÃ¼hlbauer has already set new standards with the TAL 8000, which has already been installed at various locations.
The TAL 8000 was designed as a sophisticated, flexible machine for a wide array of applications, producing an annual output of up to 50 million smart labels for contactless identification systems. This high production capacity sustains the positive development of the smart label market. With the high-volume TAL 8000 and the newly developed TAL 4000, MÃ¼hlbauer has significantly extended its leading position in the production of smart label inlets and contactless cards.
Smart Labels are contactless intelligent labels made of a programmable microchip and an antenna. In the flip-chip process, the silicon chips picked up from the wafer are flipped upside down before being placed on a flexible carrier substrate. After that, the silicon chips are connected electrically. Smart Labels store information in contactless identification systems, for example, in procurement and distribution logistics (e.g. in baggage inspection at airports and in the postal service) or in security-relevant areas. As contactless data carriers, smart labels assist in tracking goods from production to transportation and provide for an efficient and loss-free management of material flows, thus achieving measurable economic results. Contactless cards are increasingly used in the Asian region in transport and access control.
Headquartered in Roding/Bavaria, the MÃ¼hlbauer Group is a worldwide active, independent supplier of turnkey automation solutions for the chip card, smart label and semiconductor industries. With 1,300 employees and 18 locations on five continents and with more than 3,000 production lines installed worldwide, MÃ¼hlbauer is the leading supplier of manufacturing equipment for the smart card and smart label industries.Details