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Rafik Jeans Tests RFID to Track 50,000 Items

The Brazilian company controls the production of goods in São Paulo and Minas Gerais, as well as sales in 19 other cities, including Bahia and Goiás.
By Edson Perin

The experience of deploying RFID was very positive, Pelissari reports. "The challenge was to change labels in all units," he says, "as this would take some time and work. However, we managed our stock inventory to identify products and make store-by-store replacements, until we finished all 19 units."

The solution that Rafik Jeans deployed consists of an RFID portal installed to monitor the company's logistical movements, both inbound and outbound. Rafik utilizes an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system from Virtual Age. According to Pelissari, "ITag gave us full support and is always ready for service. It was a great facility for us and undoubtedly sped up the entire process of change."

Rafik Jeans' Felipe Pelissari
Rafik Jeans uses a portal with an Acura Edge-50 reader and four antennas to manage products, cross-referencing information with customer requests and validating whether or not each product belongs in a particular order. The company currently uses iTag's 95-50 tag with EM Microelectronic's EM4124 chip. The tags are not reusable, since the project provides traceability of the entire chain from the time a label is printed until it reaches the customer.

At the beginning of the deployment, the biggest challenge was to determine the configuration and arrangement of antennas so that any product placed inside the RFID portal could be read. "After analyzing the best configurations of the readers and the way the customer put the pieces in the bales," explains Sérgio Gambim, iTag's CEO, "we were able to align all the necessary points so that everything happened correctly."

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