In general, systems integrators operating in the RFID industry do not focus solely on one particular sector. Although some might have a lot of clients in one area, I am unaware of any that focus solely on the packaging sector. One reason for this is that historically, packaging companies have not invested much in RFID systems.
I would suggest you contact several systems integrators—I can certainly recommend a few, if you need me to—and see if they are able to handle your project. You could also contact RFID inlay manufacturers and converters, such as UPM RFID and Avery Dennison. These companies can probably put you in touch with RFID systems integrators that have experience in the packaging industry.
In the meantime, here are a few articles that might be relevant to your project:
• Lavazza Uses RFID to Track Packaging Materials, Boosting Efficiency
The coffee manufacturer employs EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID tags to automate the replenishment of packaging materials supplied by Goglio Cofibox, and used to create products that Lavazza sells to consumers.
• Northwest Food Industry Examines RFID’s Potential
Oregon State University, the state’s agriculture department and the Northwest Food Processors Association are working to help the food industry deploy RFID successfully.
• Weyerhaeuser Offers High-Volume Source Tagging, But Demand Still Low
The company is supplying pretagged cardboard boxes to several of its customers, and plans to license its process for manufacturing RFID-tagged cardboard to International Paper and other firms.
• Manufacturer Adopts RFID to Satisfy Customers
Sonoco integrates tags in its packaging products so companies can track goods through the supply chain, thereby improving inventory management.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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