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Steel Products Maker Sees ROI in Six Months
Viraj Profiles, an Indian manufacturer of stainless steel products, is using EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to improve inventory visibility and shipment accuracy.
Mar 09, 2010—Indian stainless steel manufacturer Viraj Profiles has reduced its stock-taking time from 12 hours to just one hour, and has also improved the visibility of its inventory to 99 percent, following the introduction of radio frequency identification.
Viraj, which manufactures a variety of shaped stainless steel pieces (profiles), ranging from 20 millimeters to 150 millimeters (0.8 inch to 6 inches) in width, wanted to gain visibility regarding which profiles it had in stock, as well as improve the speed and accuracy with which those profiles were retrieved, prevent mistaken shipments and reduce labor costs.
According to Chhatwal, with exports to more than 80 countries, from multiple manufacturing facilities and warehouses, Viraj Profiles believed it was vital to improve its operational efficiency.
"The goal of RFID was to determine the precise location of bundles in the warehouse, faster retrieval of bundles, zero mismatch during retrieval, faster movement of inventory and a reduction in labor costs," Chhatwal explains.
Indian-based technology provider Vicinity RFID was chosen to develop the system. The company first conducted a small trial involving approximately 50 UPM Raflatac ShortDipole EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID inlays and a Psion Teklogix Workabout Pro 7527C G2 handheld computer with an RFID interrogator. Challenges included determining the best point at which to tag the bundles, as well as designing a solution in such a way that it could be easily used by the primary workers, such as loaders who pick and place the bundles in the warehouse, who might not be familiar with the technology.
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