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Paper Mill Optimizes Manufacturing and Stock Control
By deploying an RFID system from iTag, a papermaking firm has reduced the need for manual operations and has sped up its processes.
Aug 16, 2019—
The need to improve inventory visibility and thereby speed up control to favor manufacturing planning were key points for a Brazilian papermaking company that has asked not to be identified, which led it to invest in a radio frequency identification system from iTag. Using tags from iTag and readers from Acura, the solution brought improvements to the company's processes and planning.
Prior to the RFID deployment, control was manual and depended on several workers performing a series of calculations regarding the quantities produced for each paper type, including different weights and sizes, as well as machine efficiency and the specific shift and operator. "We had no estimate of demand for our products, such as surveying our customers' orders by paper type, weight and quality," says an executive from the mill, "so there was no possibility of reducing costs through more efficient manufacturing."
With the RFID system in place, the company has come to know precisely what is in stock and available for sale at any given moment. "In many cases," the representative says, "this information depended on checks by a knowledgeable employee in the yard to count the coils. Such a survey could take four to five hours to provide inventory closure."
The difficulty involved in obtaining information about stocked items can result in chain impacts, such as trouble scheduling the manufacturing of new paper rolls. With the RFID process, the company can monitor the day on a which a particular coil was made, who the machine operator was, the type of paper used, its weight and other variables. All of this information is now stored on smart tags.
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