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Passive transponder

In contrast to active transponders, passive transponders do not have their own energy supply. They are fed from external sources and typically draw their energy from the carrier signal emitted by the reading device.

Payment systems

Additional area of use for RFID technology


Mobile data capture unit, also called hand-held device or hand scanner.


Punched line to make it easier to tear or fold labels. The tearing force depends on the ratio of cuts to bridges.

Permanent adhesive

Permanent adhesive with relatively high final adhesion. It sticks fast to most surfaces and can therefore not usually be removed without harm.

Personal digital assistant (PDA)

A personal digital assistant (PDA) is also known as a mobile assistant. It is a wireless, hand-held computer for staff, equipped with a barcode reading device or mobile RFID reading unit. It offers access to goods flow systems (warehouse stock, next delivery etc.). Staff can also use the PDA to send and receive e-mails.

Personal shopping assistant

Small mobile computer with a touchscreen and barcode scanner. Acts as a 'shopping consultant' giving customers additional information. The consumer scans the products himself and finds the final price at check-out.


Compilation of individual items in an order.


Name for a sandwich bond

Point-of-sale system

Point-of-sale systems are used to process transactions with the end customer. As well as actually taking the money (registration, discounting, financing), services with direct allocation of customer data (selection, exchange, complaints, lending, modification etc.) are increasingly in demand. Modern point-of-sale systems are open PC-based systems whose enormous computing and saving power also allows optimisation of further branch processes.

Point of sale (POS)

Point of sale in a sales establishment, such as tills in sales branches, web shops etc.


Polarisation describes the alignment of an electromagnetic wave. There is linear and circular polarisation. Linear polarised waves can be aligned vertically or horizontally.

Polyester (PET) film

Premium synthetic film with excellent resistance to solvents, oils and many chemicals.

Polyethylene (PE) film

Polyethylene film is seen as a more environmentally-friendly alternative to PVC, because it releases only carbon dioxide and water when burned. Allows single-variety recycling.


Connection of many small molecules (monomers) to form a very large molecule, chemical basis of all materials known as plastics.

Polypropylene (PP) film

Similar properties to polyethylene, but the material is stronger and stiffer. Aligned i.e. stretched polypropylene has extremely good dimensional stability.

Polystyrene (PS) film

Polystyrene films have greater hardness and stiffness than other films. They can be supplied glass-clear or white.

Press cut

Cutting or press cutting labels using a strip-steel cutting tool or rotating die cutter.


Coating to improve the adhesion of an adhesive or printing ink on upper materials.

Proximity card

Cards with a range of 7 to 15 cm are called proximity coupling cards in accordance with ISO 14443. Proximity cards communicate at a frequency of 13.56 MHz.

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