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HP's RFID Center of Excellence to Market Cloud-based Rotating RFID Portal
The center is preparing to offer the portal—featuring an RFID reader that revolves around a pallet loaded with tagged items—to companies in Brazil and worldwide.
According to Lucrécio, the software is designed to operate with any EPC UHF RFID reader. The company is not using technology provided exclusively by a single vendor, he reports.
The RFID systems installed at Flextronics save time on the manufacturing and packing lines, Rapp says. "The production cycle time was measured before and after RFID implementation," he explains. "The result of this measurement confirmed that the production cycle time improved."
Prior to the deployment of RFID technology, Rapp says, some of HP's inventory consistently appeared in the supply chain, but did not make it onto retail shelves. "Implementing RFID to track assets in real time, HP has improved supply chain visibility and efficiency," he states, "and is able to deliver all products to customer hands."
The RFID technology also enables HP to measure product dwell times at the manufacturing site, on the packing line or from DC to store, and also enables first-in, first-out (FIFO) analytics. In addition, Rapp says, the São Paolo site employs RFID in its "reverse distribution" process, enabling HP to track and process returned products, and to thereby improve the efficiency of its in-warranty repair service and return of repaired goods.
"Since the RFID pilot projects are becoming mature and costs have been justified," Rapp says, research into data management will be the next challenge that the Center of Excellence and HP will face. "Cloud integration architecture will be necessary to support RFID data sharing," he explains.
The RFID Center of Excellence Powered by HP will present the rotating portal at work at the RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, being held this week in Orlando, Fla. The demonstration will take place at 1:30 PM on Apr. 9, at the center's booth (828). The portal is one of this year's 10 finalists for the Best in Show category of the RFID Journal Awards (see Finalists Unveiled for Eighth Annual RFID Journal Awards).
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