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Activation: The act of taking an EAS label from an Inactive State where it will not alarm an EAS system, and bringing it to an active state where it will alarm an EAS system.

Applicator: A piece of automated packaging equipment designed to apply EAS labels faster and more accurately than by hand application methods.

Contact Deactivation: The process of turning an active EAS label to an inactive state by touching the label directly to a contact deactivation device. Labels adhered on the inside of product packaging such as clamshell, blister, skin card or folding carton can also be deactivated through contact deactivation depending upon thickness or type of packing material.

Capsule Label: A drop-in label for dry foods, non-dairy foods, vitamins, cosmetics, non-liquid pharmaceuticals and health and beauty aid products.

Deactivation: The act of taking an EAS label from an active state where it will alarm an EAS system, and bringing it to an inactive state where it will not alarm an EAS system.

Dead Label: An EAS label in an inactive state where it will not alarm an EAS system can be refereed to as “Dead”. The Acoustic-Magnetic label can only be reactivated to a “live” state with an Acoustic-Magnetic EAS label activation device.

Disposable Label: An EAS label which attached to or inserted inside of merchandise or packaging and is not intended to be removed at the point of purchase. A disposable Acoustic-Magnetic label can be activated and deactivated an unlimited number of times.

EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance): A proven loss prevention technique that protects assets and merchandise by utilizing security tags and labels and EAS detection equipment. EAS systems provide security barriers in buildings, entrances, exits and enclosed areas by alarming when items protected with an active tag or label pass through the detection equipment.

EAS Pedestal: A component of an EAS system usually placed in exits, that detects and alarms when live labels pass through the field developed by it.

EAS Tag or label: An EAS device that is attached and/or adhered to assets or merchandise which will alarm when passed through an EAS detection device in an active state. Multiple types of EAS labels exist, the three most common types are EM (Electro-magnetic) RF (Radio-Frequency), and AM (Acoustic-Magnetic). The three different types only work within their respective detection units.

Failure to Deactivate: When an EAS label is not properly deactivated at the point of purchase thus alarming an EAS system.

Failure to Remove: When an EAS label is not removed at the point of purchase thus alarming the EAS system.

False Alarm: When the EAS system alarms on its own with no triggers.

Fractional Tagging: The application of EAS tags to a percentage of units in a production run.

Halo Effect: The perception that UN-tagged merchandise is protected, due to the fact that other merchandise in a store is protected by EAS tags or labels.

Hard Tag: A reusable EAS tag which is intended to be removed from merchandise at the point of sale and be reused on other merchandise. This type of EAS tag is primarily found in the apparel market.

High Speed Application: The act of one or more pieces of automated packaging equipment to apply EAS labels in a manufacturing or packaging process.

Identifier Sticker: A sticker adhered to product packaging which communicates that the item is protected against theft or shoplifting.

Inventory Shrink: The difference between physical inventory and recorded inventory.

Label Double Checker: An element of an EAS system used to detect the presence of live EAS system labels. This device is used to detect the presence of active labels before they would pass through an EAS system.

Live Label: An EAS label in an active state where it will alarm an EAS system can be refereed to as “Live”. The Acoustic-Magnetic label can only be deactivated to a “Dead” state with an Acute-Magnetic EAS label deactivation device.

Mass or “Bulk”Activator/Deactivator: An electronic device which brings multiple Acoustic-Magnetic EAS labels from an inactive state to an active state at one time, even while products are packaged in master cartons or cases.

Pick Rate: A ratio which is determined by the number of times an EAS system detects an active EAS label or tag.

Proximity Deactivation: The process of turning off EAS labels which does not require the label coming into contact with a pad and which allows source tagging with hidden EAS labels.

Source Tagging: The process in which disposable anti-shoplifting labels are incorporated within merchandise during the manufacturing, packaging, or distribution process.

Tag Pollution: The act of live EAS labels leaving a store without an EAS system and entering another store with an EAS system causing an undesired alarm.

 
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