Prior to the deployment of RFID, the paper-making process was carried out manually, with several workers performing a series of calculations on the output of each paper type, including different weights, sizes and machine efficiency, as well as scheduling specific shifts and operators. "We don't estimate customer needs, such as monitoring customer orders based on paper type, weight and quality, so it's impossible to reduce costs through more efficient manufacturing processes," said an executive at the factory.
The company's goal is to produce only the products needed in the market based on consumer statistics. "We are integrating internal and external management of the application company through BI (Business Intelligence) of the RFID solution to achieve extensive data collection and data support to ensure cost savings and flexibility in all processes," the executive explained.
With the RFID system, the company has begun to know exactly what inventory is available for sale at any given time. "In many cases, this information comes from a knowledgeable employee checking the number of coils in the yard," the executive said. Such inventory surveys may take four to five hours to complete.
The difficulty of obtaining inventory information may have a chain reaction to the production scheduling of new paper rolls. Through RFID technology, companies can monitor the date of production of specific coils, machine operators, type of paper used, weight and other variables. Now, all information is stored in smart tags.
At present, the import and export of inventory are controlled by RFID, which reduces the process of production control through manual token. "We now have only one employee responsible for validating data and reports that require iTag services, and we have reduced the number of inspectors to only two operators," the executive said.
The RFID process starts with the production of larger busbar coils and then smaller coils. At this stage, all the information required for internal control is weighed and filled in. In the process of issuing, the system automatically matches the label with the bus coil to avoid wrong operation. Every time a label is issued, the sales department immediately realizes that there is a usable new product in the inventory, which will drive the picking process (assemble the order through the RFID gantry before sending it to the customer).
After the sorting order is issued and completed, the goods are separated from the stock, invoices and documents can be generated by themselves, and weight and other data can be filled in. This is due to the integration with the RFID system, which not only ensures the efficiency of operation, but also reduces the incidence of errors. "After the deployment of the RFID system, the company has made progress in all areas of personnel, operation and control. It can be said that the current mode of operation makes us feel very safe and that RFID really meets our expectations," the executive said.
The company's deployed RFID system complies with GS1's passive EPC UHF standard and supports users to query product information from anywhere in the world through tagged electronic product codes. "It helps the export business, and it also helps the general recognition of products by customers," the executive pointed out.
An RFID gantry is installed in a project-specific structure with an antenna and eight readers, which are evenly distributed between side brackets. All readers come from Acura and are used with iTag sticky tags, including Impinj Monza R6 chips. The executive added, "We use 10,000 labels a month, and these labels can't be reused."
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