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How Do EAS Labels Work?

Electronic article surveillance, or EAS, is a type of technology that prevents shoplifting. EAS is most often used in anti-theft systems in retail stores but can also be found in libraries and office buildings. EAS usually involves three components:

  • At least one electronic antenna
  • A deactivator or detacher
  • An electronic tag

The antenna is typically found in EAS system pedestals installed at a store’s entrances. Though tags used to only be available in clunky form factors with limited applications, today you can use EAS labels that come in a range of shapes and sizes. Suited to high-volume, low-value merchandise like books, CDs, hardware, non-perishable groceries, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, EAS labels are available in both acousto-magnetic (AM) and radio-frequency (RF) systems.

How EAS Labels Work

EAS labels work the same way EAS tags do: they stay in constant communication with a store’s EAS system and trigger an alarm to sound if they pass the EAS pedestals without being properly deactivated. Unlike EAS tags, EAS labels are essentially flat stickers and can be easily and quickly adhered to products.

The adhesive side of an EAS label has a printed circuit that contains all the technology needed to make it work with an EAS system. The only requirements are that the printed circuit must remain undamaged, and the EAS label must be placed on a flat surface and not folded or bent.

It is recommended that you avoid sticking the EAS label on or near metallic items, as to not disturb the printed circuit. Just like EAS tags, you only need one EAS label per item.

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Electronic article surveillance, or EAS, is a type of technology that prevents shoplifting. EAS is most often used in anti-theft systems in retail stores but can also be found in libraries and office buildings. EAS usually involves three components:

  • At least one electronic antenna
  • A deactivator or detacher
  • An electronic tag

The antenna is typically found in EAS system pedestals installed at a store’s entrances. Today, EAS tags are available in many shapes, sizes and application options so you can protect all kinds of merchandise, from clothing, accessories, liquor and even eyewear. EAS tags are available in both acousto-magnetic (AM) and radio-frequency (RF) systems.

How EAS Tags Work

EAS tags come in a variety of attachment options, with a pin tag being the most common for soft products like apparel. Once an EAS tag is attached to an item and activated, the transmitter inside the tag is in constant communication with the EAS system installed in the store. If an EAS tag has not been properly deactivated by a store associate, it will trigger an alarm when passing through the EAS pedestals.

Many EAS tags also have visual deterrence features, such as exploding ink to damage a garment, or benefit denial features, like a cap that prevents people from opening a bottle of liquor in store.

Protect Your Merchandise with CONTROLTEK EAS Tags

Our high-performance EAS tags can help you protect a variety of products in flexible and unobtrusive ways. Our tags are compatible with both RF and AM systems and offer multiple alarm options to meet your retail asset protection needs.

What is an EAS System?

What is an EAS System?

Electronic article surveillance, or EAS, is a type of technology that prevents shoplifting. EAS is most often used in retail stores but can also be found in libraries and office buildings. EAS usually involves three components:

  • At least one electronic antenna
  • A deactivator or detacher
  • An electronic tag

How an EAS System Works

The process is quite simple. First, an EAS tag or label must be attached to an item, and EAS antennae are installed at the store’s entry and exit points. When a customer purchases an item, a store employee removes the tag or deactivates the label with an EAS tag remover. After the tag has been removed or the label is deactivated, the customer can then leave the store without alarm the antennae. If a tag or label is still active when passing through the antennae, the EAS system will sound an EAS alert to alert the staff.

Today, EAS tags come in a wide range of form factors. The most common forms are a pin that goes through the item, a label attached to the item’s tags and a loop attached to the item. The electronic antennae, sometimes referred to as pedestals, make up the EAS system that detects active tags.

What is Source Tagging?

Source tagging is the process of applying an EAS tag or label to a product’s packaging or to the product itself at the point of manufacture or packaging, rather than in store by retail employees. This process leaders to greater retail chain efficiencies, increased sales, lower shrink and higher profitability.

By having product vendors, manufacturers and product packaging companies attach EAS tags and labels to products and packaging ahead of time, retailers can eliminate the high cost and inefficiency of in-store tagging, and the process of moving products to the sales floor is much faster.