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By Beth Bacheldor

Readymix Chooses LogiTag's Active RFID Solution to Safeguard Employees

LogiTag Systems, a provider of cloud-based RFID solutions for managing supplies, devices and equipment, has announced that Readymix Industries (Israel) Ltd. Group, a producer and supplier of raw materials for the construction industry, has installed LogiTag's active RFID solution. LogiTag's active RFID readers are installed on forklifts, and the solution is designed to safeguard hundreds of employees and visitors who are wearing active RFID badges.

According to LogiTag, the Readymix manufacturing plant, part of CEMEX Enterprise, faced several challenges when it came to ensuring the safety of its employees, specifically with regard to forklift operations. For example, there is a risk of nearby workers becoming struck or crushed by the vehicles, each of which weighs several thousand pounds, due to limited visibility during operation. The forklifts are built differently from normal vehicles, with the front wheels static and back wheels capable of turning at 90-degree angles. Drivers rely on the mirrors to see behind them as they drive in reverse, LogiTag says, but in a busy production environment, such limited visibility is problematic.

Now, each forklift has an RFID reader with two antennas, while employees and visitors wear an active RFID tag that supports a panic button. All of the equipment (readers, antennas and tags) is designed to operate under harsh environmental conditions that include water, dust, pressure washing and intense vibrations. In addition, the LogiTag solution is connected to the forklift's braking system, in order stop the vehicle's movement as soon as a person is in close proximity to the vehicle.

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