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Knapp Conveyor Uses RFID to Help Sort and Pack Items in Proper Sequence
The hanging conveyor system, outfitted with passive tags and readers, is being installed at a warehouse run by Olymp, a German manufacturer of men's shirts.
As goods are moved around by the sorting and sequencing machine, the RFID tags are interrogated at two key conveyor switching points, as well as at other locations along the conveyor system.
"There are dozens of reading points," Lehner says. "We read the tag every 30 to 40 meters [98 to 131 feet] to make sure nothing is out of order or missing." Knapp's customers, he adds, are interested in the solution because it provides accurate sorting and process reliability. "The RFID tags are far more durable than bar codes, which can easily be ripped when hanging bags are fed into and out of the conveyor system."
In addition, the company reports, customers are looking for operational savings and solutions that can be quickly adapted for changing business requirements. Olymp was performing batch-commissioning by hand prior to purchasing the system, which Knapp tested before bringing it to market.
The Pick-it-Easy Pocket and Pick-it-Easy Pack stations were developed simultaneously, Lehner says. They were designed as part of Knapp's broader solutions for warehouse automation. The conveyor systems are manufactured by Duerkopp, which became part of the Knapp Group in 2010.
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