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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.
Inventory entry and exit is currently RFID-controlled, which has reduced the process of production control by manual tokens. "We now have only one employee responsible for verifying the data and reporting that makes requests for iTag services," the executive states, "and we have also reduced staff on our expedition, with two operators today."
RFID processes start with the production of jumbo ("mother") coils, which give rise to smaller ("daughter") coils. At this stage, the weighing and filling of all information necessary for internal control are performed. During issuance, the system automatically matches the tags with the parent coils in order to avoid operator errors. With each label issuance, the sales department instantly becomes aware of the existence of a new product in stock, along with its availability, which starts the picking process (the assembly of orders that will pass through the portal before being sent to customers).
The RFID deployment complies with GS1's passive EPC UHF standard, which allows users to access product information from anywhere in the world via a tag's Electronic Product Code. "This facilitates export operations," the executive notes, "as well as the universal recognition of products by another RFID system, such as a customer."
An RFID portal has been installed in a project-specific structure with antennas and eight readers, which are evenly distributed between the side brackets. All readers are from Acura, with adhesive tags from iTag containing a Monza R6 chip Impinj. "We use 10,000 labels per month and these are not reused," according to the company's representative.
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