The RFD8500, for the last eight years, has served many customers who wanted to take the leap in adding RFID into their workflow as a way to provide greater insight into their inventory and optimize their supply chain. As we continuously strive to optimize our supply chain to reduce complexity, increase efficiency, and further improve our customers responsiveness, we are announcing the End of Sale of the RFD8500 UHF RFID Sleds. With this also comes the transition to the RFD40 RFID Handheld Product Family. This EOS notice has been issued in order to rationalize and simplify the RFID handheld reader portfolio with the recent release of the RFD40 UHF RFID Sleds.
The RFD40 UHF RFID Sleds offer several options to replace and provide a seamless transition from the RFD8500, including RFD40 Standard, RFD40 Premium, and RFD40 Premium Plus. RFD8500 qualities such as read rate, IP sealing, drop specification, and battery life, are all improved upon in the new RFD40 series. In addition to improving upon the features and capabilities of the RFD8500, the RFD40 also supports the latest Zebra mobile computers.
Please see below for a full comparison between the RFD40 and RFD8500.