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By Beth Bacheldor

Checkpoint Announces Tunnel Readers for Boxed and Hanging Goods

Checkpoint Systems has announced two new RFID tunnel readers for distribution centers, to help retailers and manufacturers become more productive and improve shipping accuracy. The RFID Box Tunnel and RFID Hanging Garment Tunnel can be used to verify that items within each bulk shipment are accurate, so that any errors can be instantly identified and triaged before a shipment leaves a DC. Valid shipments generate automatic advance shipping notifications, Checkpoint reports, and are sent for delivery. As the boxes are unloaded from the delivery vehicle at the intended retail location, associates, using a simple handheld RFID reader, can verify merchandise's authenticity and receipt.

The tunnels are constructed of durable, fabricated metal, and are insulated for sound and RF shielding to eliminate both noise and stray RFID tag reads. According to the company, they can be mounted directly to the manufacturing floor to ensure stability.

Checkpoint's Box Tunnel
The RFID Box Tunnel was designed for totes, cartons and boxes in any DC environment, Checkpoint says, and does not impact existing production performance. This tunnel offers a read capacity of 200 items per box, at a maximum conveyor speed of 240 feet per minute, and a minimum distance of 3 feet between boxes at a tested 99.9 percent read accuracy, when used with Checkpoint's OATFoundation Suite.

The Box Tunnel is available in two sizes for two standard conveyor widths. The RFID Box Tunnel Conveyor 500 Box 600 version fits conveyors up to 500 millimeters (19.7 inches) in width and reads boxes up to 600 millimeters (23.6 inches) in height. The unit is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) in length and 1.35 meters (4.43 feet) in width. Its height (tunnel only) is 1.74 to 1.95 meters (5.71 to 6.40 feet), and the stack light/signal light tower adds another 770 millimeters (30.32 inches). The tunnel weighs 350 kilograms (772 pounds).

The RFID Box Tunnel Conveyor 800 Box 500 version fits conveyors up to 800 millimeters (31.5 inches) in width and reads boxes up to 500 millimeters (19.7 inches) in height. It is 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) in length and 1.6 meters (5.25 feet) in width. Its height (tunnel only) is 1.74 to 1.95 meters (5.71 to 6.40 feet), and the stack light/signal light tower adds another 770 millimeters (30.32 inches). The tunnel weighs 400 kilograms (882 pounds).

The RFID Hanging Garment Tunnel was designed for hanging goods and, like the RFID Box version, works in any DC environment, doesn't impact production performance and is offered in two sizes. This tunnel offers a read capacity of 450 items per bundle at a speed of 90 feet per minute, and a minimum distance of 2 feet between bundles at a tested 99.9 percent read accuracy, when combined with OATFoundation Suite. This tunnel is 1.1 meters (3.61 feet) in length, 1.44 meters (4.73 feet) in width and 2.4 to 2.75 meters (7.88 to 9.03 feet) in height, and weighs 125 kilograms (275 pounds). The RFID Hanging Goods Passive Station is 1.05 meters (3.44 feet) in length, 1.28 meters (4.2 feet) in width and 2.4 to 2.75 meters (7.88 to 9.03 feet) in height, and weighs 115 kilograms (253 pounds).

Both solutions can be purchased standalone or in combination with Checkpoint's OATFoundation Suite to further optimize performance through its software algorithms and hardware tuning—which, according to Checkpoint, provide the highest performance rates, regardless of label type or orientation. The company also offers a full line of complementary RFID tags and inlays that can be pre-encoded to customer specifications, and a full line of RFID solutions to ensure operational efficiency from source to shopper. Checkpoint says it has already installed more than 100 RFID Tunnels to date at several large European retailers, including C&A. Both RFID Tunnels are available immediately.

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