RFID in Europe Magazine Febuary 2016
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European RFID survey
RFID in Europe AISBL is a not-for-profit organization established in 2012. RFID in Europe's principle goal is to promote the adoption of Radio Frequency Identification and related technology solutions enabling small and medium sized organizations throughout Europe to gain competitive advantage through their best use. RFID in Europe connects with European end-users, operators, solution providers, universities, research establishments, non-government and government organizations and all other European stakeholders through own initiatives and promotion of national projects via our international network. RFID in Europe is an extension of a European Commission FP7 Thematic Network called RACE networkRFID initiated in 2009.
Nordic ID and Container Centralen signed a European Cooperation Agreement
Nordic ID and Container Centralen have signed a cooperation agreement to market and to sell software in the Nordic ID handheld readers to bring the benefits of RFID to the European horticultural industry. This is a part of Container Centralen’s “Operation Chip It”, which is the tagging operation that takes place in the autumn of 2010. All 3.5 million CC Containers must get new tags before the cutoff date: November 1, 2010. With “Operation Chip It”, Container Centralen introduces RFID technology in the horticultural industry to ensure that all CC Container users are prepared for the increasing demand for optimized transport and logistics. The RFID technology will benefit all organizations in the horticultural industry as it makes identification of the CC Container simple and quick, while providing a platform for future integration with IT Management systems.
“The cooperation with Container Centralen gives us a head start in delivering RFID scanners to the horticultural industry throughout all of Europe”, says Atte Kaskihalme, Sales Director at Nordic ID.
Container Centralen has already bought Nordic ID scanners with the horticultural industry software for their own use in order to improve their logistics with their CC Containers. Container Centralen has also certified Nordic ID PL3000 handheld reader with the horticultural industry software to be marketed and sold to their own customers so that also they can get the benefits from RFID. Nordic ID is an expert in RFID and experienced within the horticultural industry and thus can provide traceability to ensure freshness and origin for the products.
For further information, please contact:
Jorma Lalla, CEO
Tel. +358 400 525 986
Nordic ID HQ
Myllyojankatu 2 A
tel. +358 2 727 7700
ABB avoids shipment errors with RFID technology
RFID technology provides significant benefits to ABB Oy in the management of outbound goods streams. The system developed by Vilant Systems Oy prevents loading errors for consignments, and it records movements of goods automatically in the stock control system. When outbound consignments are loaded, there is a significant saving in floor space used, because it is no longer necessary to assemble goods in a consolidation area. Instead, goods-vehicle trailers can be used for storage. The automation in question covers around two million transactions per year.
The system used by ABB is based on RFID-reader gates situated by the loading platform, via which all transport units, belonging to the consignment and marked with adhesive RFID tags at the parcel level, are delivered. Vilant's RFID software is integrated with ABB's own SAP system.
In the SAP system, the registration number of the vehicle arriving for loading is recorded, after which Vilant Server 5 software controls the progress of the delivery automatically. Because the system knows what the consignment should include, the gate issues an error warning if there is an attempt to load the wrong goods onto a vehicle. Also, the gate will not even close until all goods belonging to a consignment have been loaded onto a goods vehicle. Thus, in practice it is impossible to make incorrect deliveries.
ABB has now been using pioneering RFID solutions since 2004. The application of RFID started with the control of re-usable plywood boxes then used in orders of standard raw materials. This system, which is still in use, is based on the fact that all boxes equipped with RFID tags travel through RFID gates both at the supplier and at the factory. An empty box leaving ABB's factory will trigger off a material order at the supplier, and likewise the departure of a full box from the supplier will generate an electronic notice. When it arrives at the factory, a full box is recorded automatically in the SAP system in the stock control system.
ABB Oy's Head of Processes, Julle Ala-Lahti, has been pleased with the RFID applications provided by Vilant Systems Oy: “Vilant Systems took full responsibility of the implementation. Their consistent and rigorous approach revealed improvement potential in our material flow and offered prompt results.”
ABB's systems are based on the Vilant Server 5 product family and Vilant Systems Oy's RFID hardware products. UPM Raflatacin RFID tags are used as identifiers.
Contact details: Ville Kauppinen, Vilant Systems Oy, Tel.: +358 (0)50 328 8001, firstname.lastname@example.org