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Balluff and InformaTrac to provide complete RFID solution ••• IntelliTrack partners with Bluetooth beacon provider Visybl to offer RTLS ••• Ecom unveils CamScan to capture and encode RFID data ••• Leantegra announces new version of Bluetooth beacon platform ••• NXP adds new security features to SmartMX2 P60 Step-Up! ••• Shoppers Drug Mart adopts RFID-enabled audio prescription labels for sight-impaired.
By Beth Bacheldor
Oct 06, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Balluff, InformaTrac; IntelliTrack, Visybl; Ecom instruments; Leantegra; NXP Semiconductors, MaskTech; Shoppers Drug Mart, and En-Vision America.

Balluff and InformaTrac to Provide Complete RFID Solution

Balluff Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Germany's Balluff GmbH and a provider of sensor technologies, and InformaTrac, a provider of software and engineering services for the manufacturing and control-automation industries, have announced a partnership to deliver a complete RFID and asset-management solution. The two companies have combined InformaTrac's RFID-enabled software solutions for tracking assets with Balluff's RFID hardware, Balluff reports, to deliver a comprehensive, fully integrated and enterprise-ready RFID and asset-management solution.

By including enterprise software solutions with RFID hardware, Balluff says, it can now extend that technology's reach from the shop floor to the top floor of an organization. The partnership leverages InformaTrac's experience in data collection and information management across nearly all industries, according to Balluff. With Balluff's RFID technology configured and enabled to collect information, the InformaTrac software now extends the reach of that data into enterprise resource planning (ERP), manufacturing execution systems (MES), and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

"Our core competency is in the industrial space," says Wolfgang Kratzenberg, Balluff's marketing manager for industrial identification. "While we make equipment that can be used in an office environment, it is designed to be used in a harsh environment." He adds that the asset-tracking capabilities in the new solution combining InformaTrac's software will be employed to track such items as tools, fixtures, gauges and calibration equipment. Users, whether on a shop floor or in an office, will be able to utilize a single, configurable solution to, for example, visualize a gauge's location, movement and condition, by reading those items' bar-code labels and/or RFID tags.

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